A new edition of Alan Poulton’s catalogue of Arnold’s works is now available—revised 2023.
It replaces the 2021 edition and the 1986 catalogue published by Faber, which has been a trusted companion for many Arnold researchers and fans. Like the original catalogue, Alan Poulton has meticulously compiled it, and there is a foreword by Society patron Julian Lloyd Webber.
As well as the central catalogue of works, there are appendices giving details of all the ballets, film music
arranged for the concert hall, lists of feature films and documentaries, and arrangements made by Arnold of music by other composers.
The present volume is an excellent reference work. It is not academically dry yet in so many beneficial ways it serves academics, musicologists and Arnold enthusiasts. It puts down resilient roots for musicians and listeners. Unlike so many composer catalogues the accessible price of this volume has been held in amicable check.A review by Rob Barnett
Its myriad facts are reliable; its wide outreach highly imaginative.Review from Amazon
Alan Poulton’s latest offering is strongly recommended. Go for it!
Divertimento No.2 for orchestra Op.24 (1950)An excerpt from “Malcolm Arnold – Catalogue of Works” compiled by Alan Poulton
[I. Fanfare II. Nocturne III. Chaconne]
Written for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for their first European tour
Instrumentation 2+picc./2/2/2 – 4/3/3/1 – timp. perc.(2) hp. str.
First performance National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain/Malcolm Arnold – The Dome,
Brighton, 19 April 1950
First Europe performance above artists – Palais de Chaillot, Paris, 21 April 1950 (and repeated
in the Salle Pleyel, Paris, on 22 April)
First broadcast performance above artists – Third Programme, 28 August 1950
First Scotland performance National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain/Walter Susskind –
Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 2 September 1951(Edinburgh International Festival)
First London performance National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain/Hugo Rignold – Royal
Albert Hall, London, 10 August 1957 (Promenade Concert)
Publisher Paterson, 1961 (as Op.75 q.v.)
Article Alan Poulton, ‘The National Youth Orchestra and Malcolm Arnold – and the mystery
of Divertimento No.2’ (with music examples) – Maestro 2, October 2015