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A New Water Music by Malcolm Arnold – Lyric Say

Malcolm Arnold (1921–2006) was a grasp of the English mild classics and wrote quite a lot of his music for that final British ensemble, the brass band, and he himself performed the trumpet.

Sir Malcolm Arnold (seated) with harmonic player Larry Adler, 1954 (National Portrait Gallery)

Sir Malcolm Arnold (seated) with harmonic participant Larry Adler, 1954 (Nationwide Portrait Gallery)

In 1964, he was commissioned by the Nationwide Belief for music for the re-opening of the Stratford Canal, to be carried out on a barge the place the Canal meets the River Avon.

Opening of the canal, July 1964, with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother doing the honours (Stratford upon Avon Canal Society)

Opening of the canal, July 1964, with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mom doing the honours (Stratford upon Avon Canal Society)

The Stratford Canal, or, extra correctly, the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, was constructed between 1793 and 1816 and has a size of about 25 miles. As trains turned extra widespread, the canal fell into disuse, and the southern part was deemed un-navigable by 1945 when a number of of its locks couldn’t be operated, and a part of the canal had gone dry; its northern part was little higher.

Rubbish from the dredging project

Garbage from the dredging undertaking

Beginning in 1947, the Inland Waterways Affiliation fought to revive the integrity of the northern part, which, in a single case, required a railway bridge to be raised to permit boats to move. The closed southern part was taken up in 1961 by the Stratford Canal Society beneath David Hutchings, and, after three years of labor dredging, restoring the canal partitions and lock buildings, and upgrading the system, succeeded in opening the canal in 1964. On the canal’s midpoint, it meets the Grand Union Canal, the principal navigable waterway between London and the commercial midlands.

Experiences of the opening day, with the efficiency of Arnold’s music by the Metropolis of Birmingham Orchestra, say that the pontoon raft that the orchestra used saved floating away. One other merchandise on this system, the 1812 Overture, was augmented by Royal Artillery cannon fireplace.

Map of the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal

Map of the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal

Clearly, when writing music to be performed on the water, Handel’s two great Water Music suites, HWV 348 and 349, of 1717, can be within the composer’s thoughts.

The work opens in imitation of Handel’s Overture from his first Wassermusik suite (HWV 348), which was written within the dotted rhythms of the French overture of his day. Arnold picks this up after which combines it with a water-like rising-and-falling motive. Brass, particularly trumpets bolstered with percussion, is the core of the motion.

Malcolm Arnold: Water Music, Op. 82 – I. Allegro maestoso (Royal Northern Faculty of Music Wind Orchestra; Clark Rundell, cond.)

The second motion takes the siciliana dance and combines its rhythms with a sometimes Arnoldian melody. The tune, wistful and longing, makes use of the complete number of orchestral textures and colors for its presentation. The rising-and-falling motif continues as effectively.

Malcolm Arnold: Water Music, Op. 82 – II. Andantino (Royal Northern Faculty of Music Wind Orchestra; Clark Rundell, cond.)

The ultimate motion, additionally based mostly, as was a lot of the unique Wassermusik, on dance rhythms, first begins with a brass and percussion fanfare. Then, the melody develops within the decrease brass, with the woodwinds offering the whirls and prospers round it.

Malcolm Arnold: Water Music, Op. 82 – III. Vivace (Royal Northern Faculty of Music Wind Orchestra; Clark Rundell, cond.)

The music doesn’t have the burden of Handel’s suites, written practically 250 years earlier, and it wasn’t repeated a number of occasions as King George I requested of Handel, nevertheless it does present a pleasing piece of commissioned music to revive a stunning waterway.

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