Symphony II:Finale (Arnold)

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Malcolm Arnold

Malcolm Arnold (trans. James Sudduth)

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This symphony bears the designation Opus 40.

General Info

Year: 1953 /
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Symphony
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

The Symphony No. 2, Op. 40 by Malcolm Arnold is a symphony dating from 1953. Arnold composed the symphony on commission from the Bournemouth Winter Garden's Society. He dedicated the score to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and conductor Charles Groves, who premiered the work on 25 May 1953.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Sir Malcolm Arnold’s Second Symphony was commissioned by the Bournemouth Winter Garden’s Society and is dedicated to Charles Groves and the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra “in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of the orchestra”. The first performance of the symphony was on 25th May 1953.

The final movement, Allegro con brio, is based on two themes and is very light hearted. The first theme is a dance-like melody lead by the woodwinds. The second theme appears in the horns and is passed through the trumpets and trombones in a fugal texture. The material of the first section returns and there is a passage for piccolo over harmonies and fragments presented by the xylophone and flute. The bold secondary theme returns before the last appearance of the dance melody and a stately coda.

- Program Note from Texas Christian University Wind Symphony concert program, 18 November 2021


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