The Life and Music of Sir Malcolm Arnold: The Brilliant and the Dark / Edition 1by Paul R.W. Jackson
Pub. Date: 02/06/2003
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
"All of my music is biographical" declared Sir Malcolm Arnold in an interview in 1991. 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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Table of ContentsIntroduction
1921-39: "I didn't want to be called fatty"
1940-49: "I just sat in a room and cried"
The film music: "...solving jigsaw puzzles"
1950-59: "Hats off gentlemen a ..."
1960-65: "But I'm beastly to everybody"
1966-72:" ...more than life itself"
1973-79: "...drinking the Liffey dry"
1980-89: "My friends forsake me"
1990-2001: "...the grand, grand old-man"
Appendix A: List of compositions
Appendix B: List of films
Appendix C: Discography
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