Malcolm Arnold

Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold, CBE ( born October 21, 1921 in Northampton, † September 23, 2006 in Norfolk ) was an English composer and Oscar winner.


Malcolm Arnold was the son of a wealthy shoe manufacturer. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London composition with Gordon Jacob and trumpet with Ernest Hall. After that, he was trumpeter with the London Philharmonic Orchestra ( 1941-1948 ), now also in the BBC Symphony Orchestra. From the late 1940s, he devoted himself entirely to composition. He received in 1970 the Order of the British Empire in 1993 and knighted.


Arnold was a relatively conservative and at the same time fruitful and successful composer of tonal works. He even named the work of Berlioz as an inspiration; various critics drew comparisons to Jean Sibelius. Arnold's nine symphonies are generally regarded as his most important works. He also wrote a number of concerts, including a concert guitar for Julian Bream and one for harmonica for Larry Adler. His dance sequences ( two sets of English Dances, and one each of Scottish Dances, Dances Irish, Welsh and Cornish Dances Dances ) are tuned at the same time cheerful and popular (one of the English Dances is the musical theme of the British television program What the Papers Say). Another well-known, shorter work is the Divertimento for Flute, Oboe and Clarinet, Op 37

Arnold also wrote 132 film scores, won an Oscar for The Bridge on the River Kwai (1958 ), but yielded for example, the music for The journey into the unknown (1951 ) The Belles of St Trinian's (1954 ), The Inn of the 6th Happiness (1958 ), Whistle down the Wind (1961 ), Patricia and the Lion ( 1962), Nine hours to Eternity (1963 ) or password " heavy water " (1965). He conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the recording of Deep Purple's Concerto for Group and Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Jon Lord's Gemini Suite.

His works have been particularly successful in youth orchestras and lovers - in part because of their relative ease of playability, but also because of the accessibility of his personal style that combines elements of classical music, jazz, combines folk and popular music. He was patron of the Colne Valley Youth Orchestra.

Works for Orchestra

Works for wind


  • Raphael D. Thoene: Malcolm Arnold - Symphony creativity, style and aesthetics ( German ). Entercom Saurus Records / Edition Wissenschaft, DE August 1, 2008, ISBN 978-3937748085.
  • Raphael D. Thoene: Malcolm Arnold - A Composer of Real Music: Symphonic Writing, Style and Aesthetics ( English ). Entercom Saurus Records / Edition science, U.S. / DE / UK 2007-20-08, ISBN 978-3937748061.
  • Anthony Meredith and Paul Harris: Malcolm Arnold: Rogue Genius ( English ). Thames / Elkin, UK September 24, 2004, ISBN 090341354X.
  • Paul RW Jackson: The Life and Music of Sir Malcolm Arnold - The Brilliant and the Dark ( English ). Ashgate, UK 6 February 2003 ISBN 1859283810th
  • Piers Burton -Page: Philharmonic Concerto: The Life and Music of Sir Malcolm Arnold ( English ). Methuen, UK 21 October 1994 ISBN 041345651X.