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 Posted:   Oct 16, 2021 - 9:52 AM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Starting this weekend is the Malcolm Arnold festival ...

https://www.malcolmarnoldsociety.co.uk/centenary/

... though these ongoing concerts/celebrations do not appear to include his music for cinema.

Let this thread here be FSM's soundtrack-listening tribute to Sir Malcolm.

in my queue is Nine Hours to Rama

Any Arnold faves of yours?

 
 Posted:   Oct 16, 2021 - 10:12 AM   
 By:   Sehnsuchtshafen   (Member)

Whistle Down the Wind (1961)



It's such a great tune.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 16, 2021 - 10:25 AM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

Whistle Down the Wind (1961)



It's such a great tune.


That it is !

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 16, 2021 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The first score of Arnold's that I ever heard (and purchased) was one of his last.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 16, 2021 - 4:46 PM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

Ahoy Sailor!

The Sound Barrier.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 16, 2021 - 11:03 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Ahoy Sailor!

The Sound Barrier.


mid-'50s (& pre-Oscar Award) Malcolm A.'s British scores I find quite interesting, like the Asian-flavored diaster movie score The Night My Number Came Up.



Folks who complain that Arnold too-frequently recycled motifs from his stock box of tricks should observe (& absorb) his sassy music for Joseph Losey's The Sleeping Tiger.

Arnold also scored an early Hammer film called Four-Sided Triangle as well as the 1st cinematic version of Orwell's 1984.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2021 - 12:37 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Try his symphonies - they're quite brilliant.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2021 - 3:56 AM   
 By:   Les Jepson   (Member)

Film: the "St Trinian's" scores -- truly funny music.

Non-film favourite: "The Peterloo Overture"

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2021 - 4:47 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

Yep, I love those St Trinian's scores (that piano sound is great, it's like they found that piano in an old pub). His music for war films is great, but he did use the same themes for all his war films (& got away with it). I really should try out his symphonies & suites. For UK fans, there's a program on Radio 3 this evening 6.45-7.30. "Malcolm Arnold, The Tortured Composer" (Simon Heffer journeys through the symphonic landscape of Malcolm Arnold & unearths a troubles world).

This is Arnold's fantastic title music from the 1956 version of 1984

 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2021 - 7:33 AM   
 By:   Sehnsuchtshafen   (Member)

Notable are his dances, too.


4 Scottish Dances, Op. 59: No. 1, Pesante




English Dances, Set 2, Op. 33: No. 4, Giubiloso - Lento e maestoso




4 Cornish Dances, Op. 91: No. 2, Andantino




English Dances, Set 1, Op. 27: No. 3, Mesto




English Dances, Set 2, Op. 33: No. 2, Con brio

 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2021 - 9:56 AM   
 By:   gsteven   (Member)

I would love to see a CD release of Arnold's THE CHALK GARDEN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2N84aDH27c

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2021 - 11:12 AM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

And there's "The Thin Red Line".

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2021 - 12:18 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

One of my favorites - stunningly beautiful.

https://youtu.be/uiT7cTRUj9M

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2021 - 12:51 PM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

Try his symphonies - they're quite brilliant.

Also this ballet, "Homage to the Queen", probably my favourite piece of his - majestic, thrilling, triumphant!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe1jaB6VruQ

 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2021 - 6:02 AM   
 By:   Guenther K   (Member)

Also some of the less known "warhorses", the concerto for piano duet & string orchestra for example. The third movement is just amazing.

https://youtu.be/-VUli3IhVqs?t=842



 
 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2021 - 2:48 PM   
 By:   sr-miller   (Member)

For some reason when I saw "Malcolm Arnold", I read "William Alwyn" whose only score I recall much of is Master of Ballantrae. As far as the real Malcolm Arnold, I'm only acquainted with Roots of Heaven, but I do like his concert works.

 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2021 - 4:21 PM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Also some of the less known "warhorses", the concerto for piano duet & string orchestra for example. The third movement is just amazing.

https://youtu.be/-VUli3IhVqs?t=842


Cool thread. I just don't know Malcolm Arnold as well as I should.

This is a great find. All the Conifer Arnold recordings are available on a Sony collection on digital platforms - listening to it now!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 20, 2021 - 1:20 AM   
 By:   gyorgyL   (Member)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GahfQzmHfuk&list=PL1IXBSY4jc2s8vA3Z25vNlw1kjiBvzU27&index=10

at 6:36 : Big Surprise !!! big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 20, 2021 - 4:15 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

And there's "Africa - Texas Style!" which features a disguised version of Max Steiner's opening motif from "King Kong" which segues into a quasi jazz rendition of "Deep In The Heart of Texas" over the opening credits.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2021 - 5:24 AM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GahfQzmHfuk&list=PL1IXBSY4jc2s8vA3Z25vNlw1kjiBvzU27&index=10

at 6:36 : Big Surprise !!! big grin


What am I supposed to be hearing here?

 
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