“Without doubt Malcolm Arnold was one of the great British musical figures of the 20th century, one of very few of any nationality to make a genuine mark worldwide as a composer of both concert and also film music. While not always in vogue, in recent years Malcolm enjoyed a great flowering of interest in his concert music. Many works are now standard on concert programs and, with the passing of time, when there will be a true perspective on his lyrical, directly emotional music, his position as the last of the hugely talented elder generation of mid-20th century British composers will no doubt be confirmed.” — James Rushton, Managing Director Chester Music Ltd. and Novello & Co.
Arnold passed away a few weeks short of his 85th birthday (21 October), just prior to a major celebration of his life and music planned by the city of his birth — Northampton, England. The Arnold Festival continues as planned this month with a series of lectures, recitals and concerts, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s world premiere of the composer’s recently discovered work, Burlesque (for horn and orchestra).
Burlesque Philip Lane, arr. Duration: 6' Horn; 2+pic.222/0000/timp/str