Malcolm Arnold: Steps Toward 85

Malcolm Arnold: Steps Toward 85
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Malcolm Arnold turns 85 on 21 October 2006. Admired as a trumpeter, composer, and conductor, this contemporary of Britten and Walton is a towering figure of 20th-century British concert music and film scores ("The Bridge on the River Kwai"). With so much to celebrate, the festivities start this season! This fall, the Birmingham Royal Ballet tours the UK with Arnold’s choreographed work SOLITAIRE. The ballet is based on Arnold’s popular work ENGLISH DANCES, and includes additional movements that he wrote specifically for the ballet. In the coming months, Arnold’s music for dance receives special attention. THE THREE MUSKETEERS premieres in February 2006 at the Northern Ballet Theatre and will run through May with over 50 performances. Arnold began work on this ballet in 1975, but never finished it and only jotted down a handful of rough sketches. With choreography by David Drew — one of the original collaborators — and music chosen by Arnold biographers Tony Meredith and Paul Harris, the new ballet combines music from Arnold’s symphonies, suites, and film scores, as well as the most complete segment of the original sketches. Also, Covent Garden’s Royal Ballet has announced its revival of Arnold’s HOMAGE TO THE QUEEN, which was written in 1953 as a piece d’occasion in honor of the young Queen Elizabeth II. Frederick Ashton originally choreographed this work, much of which is now lost. However, the Royal Ballet has commissioned three British choreographers to complete the missing sections and will stage the work next June. Looking ahead to Arnold’s birthday weekend in October 2006, the composer’s home town of Northampton hosts a festival in celebration of the man and his music. With chamber music and song recitals, the focus will also be on orchestral works — a concerto prize concert, and an all-Arnold concert performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra highlighting his Symphonies Nos. 2 and 7. For help in planning your own tributes to this "grand grand" man of music, contact us for an Arnold orchestral CD sampler. To obtain a copy, send a request to schirmer@schirmer.com. -=-=-=-=-=- Film Concert Suites available for premiere BALLADE FROM "STOLEN FACE" Duration: 10' (piano and orchestra) POSTCARD FROM THE MED Duration: 4' (from "The Captain’s Paradise") SUITE FROM "NO LOVE FOR JOHNNIE" Duration: 10' SUITE FROM "TRAPEZE" Duration: 11'

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