Padstow Lifeboat, The
Malcolm Arnold (arr. Woodfield)
This work bears the designation Opus 94.
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None discovered thus far.
This march was written in 1966 to celebrate the opening of the new Padstow lifeboat station in the county of Cornwall. The music describes a lifeboat on an errand of mercy, assisted by warning signals from the lighthouse on the shore. Although the area in influenced by the tempering Gulf Stream and is known as the "Cornish Riviera," the storm-lashed west coast can be hazardous to passing ships during periods of low visibility. In a 1984 interview with Kevin Thompson, Malcolm Arnold stated, "Of all my brass and band pieces, it is Padstow Lifeboat which I like best."
- Program Note from March Music Notes
This marvelous march is full of the wit and humour that characterizes the music of one of Britain's greatest living composers. Padstow is a coastal village in Cornwall in the west of England, and whilst Arnold was writing this march he constantly heard the sound of the foghorn which is clearly depicted throughout the work.
- Program Note by publisher
The Padstow lifeboat has a long, heroic and distinguished record. The new lifeboat station is near Trevose lighthouse, whose foghorn varies in pitch between middle C and D. For the sake of musical unity it remains D throughout this march.
- Program Note by Malcolm Arnold
None discovered thus far.
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- Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (Kevin Gray Richardson, conductor) – 24 February 2019
- Strongsville (Ohio) Community Band (Ken Menalko, conductor) – 10 November 2017
- The Indiana Wind Symphony (Carmel) (Nathan Voges, conductor) - 22 April 2017
- California State University, Long Beach, Wind Symphony (John Alan Carnahan, conductor) – 28 April 2016
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Concerto for Oboe and Strings (arr. Watts) (1952)
- Divertimento for Wind Octet (1988)
- English Dances, Book One (tr. Johnstone) (1950/1965)
- English Dances, Book Two (tr. Herbert) (1951/1989)
- English Dances, Book Two (tr. Sudduth)
- English Dances Set 2 (tr. Thompson)
- Fanfare for a Festival (arr. McDermott) (1955/1986/2000)
- Fanfare for Louis, 1970
- Four Cornish Dances (tr. Marciniak)
- Four Scottish Dances (tr. Paynter) (1957/1978)
- Four Welsh Dances (tr. Parkes)
- A Grand, Grand Overture (tr. Wilson)
- H.R.H. The Duke of Cambridge (1957)
- The Inn of Sixth Happiness (arr. Suzuki) (1958/)
- The Padstow Lifeboat, op. 94
- Peterloo Overture (tr. Sayre)
- Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo (tr. Paynter) (1963/1979)
- River Kwai March, The (1957)
- Sarabande and Polka from Solitaire (tr. Paynter)
- Symphony for Brass, op. 123
- Symphony No. 2: Allegretto and Vivace, op. 40 (tr. Parkes)
- Symphony No. 2: Finale, op. 40 (tr. Sudduth)
- Tam O'Shanter Overture, op. 51 (tr. Paynter)
- Trevelyan Suite, op. 96
- Variations on a Theme of Ruth Gipps (trans. Braddock) (1978/2019)
- Water Music, op. 82
- Arnold, M. (1967). The Padstow Lifeboat: March: Op. 94 [score]. Henrees Music: London.
- Sir Malcolm Arnold website
- Smith, Norman E. (1986). March Music Notes. Lake Charles, La.: Program Note Press, pp. 19.