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Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold (1921-2006), Composer

Sitter in 6 portraits
Attracted to jazz after seeing Louis Armstrong play, Arnold took up the trumpet, playing with the London Philharmonic Orchestra from 1941. By the end of the 1940s he had devoted himself to composition. His oeuvre includes nine symphonies, seven ballet scores, two operas, over twenty concertos and music for brass-band. He also wrote over 100 film scores including The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). Eclectic in style, Arnold's influences included Berlioz , Mahler and Shostakovitch.

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Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold

by Lida Moser
film negative, 1953
NPG x45309


Larry Adler; Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold

by Howard Coster
glossy bromide print, 1954
NPG x1709


Larry Adler; Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold

by Howard Coster
glossy bromide print, 1954
NPG x1710


Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold

by Neil Drabble
bromide fibre print, 1991
NPG x127393


Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold

by George Newson
bromide fibre print, 14 November 1994
NPG x76889


Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold; Larry Adler

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1954
NPG x13


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