The Life and Music of Sir Malcolm Arnold: The Brilliant and the Dark / Edition 1

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"Arnold's turbulent life has permeated his music to a greater degree than probably any other British composer as Paul Jackson reveals in this illuminating account. Interweaving biographical details with close analyses of Arnold's major works, particularly the nine symphonies, and drawing on sketch materials never previously examined, Jackson provides fascinating insights into Arnold's compositional process, and the ideas informing works such as the John Field Fantasy and the 7th Symphony." Extensive interviews with Arnold himself as well as with his family, friends and colleagues add further perspectives on his relationships with fellow composers and musicians, publishers, critics and family. A combination of joie de vivre and periods of depression and personal tragedy, Arnold's life has mirrored his music in its combination of seemingly disparate elements that make a compelling whole.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859283813
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/6/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 277
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Musical Examples
Acknowledgements
Foreword
1 1921-39: 'I didn't want to be called Fatty' 1
2 1940-49: 'I just sat in the room and cried' 17
3 Films, 1947-69: 'Solving jigsaw puzzles' 41
4 1950-59: 'Hats off, gentlemen!' 57
5 1960-65: 'But I'm beastly to everyone!' 95
6 1966-72: 'More than life itself' 125
7 1973-79: 'Drinking the Liffey dry' 149
8 1980-89: 'My friends forsake me' 183
9 1990-2001: 'The grand, grand old man' 203
Notes 219
App. A List of Compositions 227
App. B List of Films 241
App. C: Discography 245
Bibliography 261
Index 265
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