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Grand, Grand Overture, A

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Malcolm Arnold

Malcolm Arnold (arr. Keith Wilson)

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Subtitle: For Three Vacuum Cleaners, One Floor Polisher, and Concert Band
This work bears the designation Opus 57.

General Info

Year: 1956 / 1983
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Unknown

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Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Chimes
  • Floor Polisher
  • Rifles (4)
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-tam
  • Vacuum Cleaners (3)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A Grand, Grand Overture was commissioned for the Hoffnung Music Festival in Royal Festival hall in London, November 13, 1956.

- Program Note from score


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Arnold, M.; Wilson, K. (1983). A grand grand overture : For Three Vacuum Cleaners, One Floor Polisher, and Concert Band : op. 57 [score]. C. Fischer: New York.
  • Novello Website