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Variations on a Theme of Ruth Gipps

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Malcolm Arnold

Malcolm Arnold (trans. Brittan Braddock)

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General Info

Year: 1978 / 2019
Duration: c. 11:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Ruth Gipps (1921-1999) was an important composer, conductor, pianist, and oboist in 20th century England. She studied with Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gordon Jacob at the Royal College of Music, where she met a fellow student and trumpet player by the name of Malcolm Arnold. They became fast friends and supporters of each other.

Gipps’ Coronation Procession, Opus 41 (1953) became her first composition to be broadcast worldwide. Malcolm Arnold took a theme from this piece and composed a set of variations upon it to encourage Gipps. The first performance of Variations for Orchestra on a Theme of Ruth Gipps was performed by the Chanticleer Orchestra in Queen Elizabeth Hall on February 22, 1978. Ruth Gipps was the conductor.

- Program Note from University of Colorado Boulder Wind Symphony concert program, 18 April 2019


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  • University of Colorado Boulder Wind Symphony (Brittan Braddock, conductor) – 18 April 2019

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