Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 10 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|One of Malcolm Arnold's most popular works - and the inspiration for the title of this quiz - is his "Grand, Grand Overture". This is scored for a traditional symphony orchestra, but with parts for which unusual items, not normally known for their musical qualities?||A Grand, Grand Composer: Malcolm Arnold
Three vacuum cleaners and an electric floor polisher. This unique work, written for the 1956 Hoffnung Music Festival, was dedicated to the late President Hoover of the United States of America.
The Trades Union Congress (TUC). The work was commissioned by the TUC for the centenary of its first meeting in 1868. The music commemorates the so-called "Peterloo Massacre" of 1819, when a troop of cavalry intervened to break up a peaceful political meeting. In the ensuing panic, 11 people were killed and 400 injured.
|Malcolm Arnold wrote a number of concertos, often inspired by the particular musical talents of the dedicatee. His "Second Horn Concerto" was dedicated to, and given its first performance by, which famous English horn player?||A Grand, Grand Composer: Malcolm Arnold
Dennis Brain. Dennis Brain was tragically killed in a car accident only weeks after giving the premiere of this work in 1957. The other names were all dedicatees of works by Arnold written for their own particular instrument: Goossens the oboe, Menuhin the violin and Lloyd-Webber the cello.
His three children. Arnold has said that each of the symphony's three movements contains a loose portrayal of one of his children.
|During the 1950s and 60s, Malcolm Arnold wrote the scores for many British films, working with some of the finest directors of the time. For which film, directed by David Lean, did Arnold win an Oscar?||A Grand, Grand Composer: Malcolm Arnold
The Bridge on the River Kwai. In total, he composed the music for over a hundred films. These include two others directed by David Lean, "The Sound Barrier" and "Hobson's Choice", as well as the "St Trinian's" series of comedy films, based on the antics of Ronald Searle's cartoon schoolgirls.
Tam O'Shanter. The poem tells of the drunken Tam O'Shanter's encounter with a coven of witches in the churchyard of Alloway Kirk, and his narrow escape across the bridge over the River Doon. Arnold's music brilliantly captures the mood of the poem, from Tam's drunken antics to the wild dancing of the witches.
Northampton. Northampton was also the birthplace of the composers Edmund Rubbra (1901-1985) and William Alwyn (1905-1985). There must have been something in the water during those first decades of the twentieth century!