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An “Honest Composer” / Malcolm Arnold

According to the BBC, Malcolm Arnold saw Louis Armstrong play in Bournemouth, took up the trumpet, and at 17, won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music. During World War II he enlisted in the Army (after rejection by the RAF), but left after he shot himself in the foot. An unpretentious, burly man, he wrote symphonies, concertos, ballet music and more than100 film scores, including Bridge over the River Kwai. He hoped to be remembered as an “honest composer.” He died just short of his 85th birthday today.

I’m listening to his Scottish dances as I write. They are fantastic.