ABSTRACT

Donald Mitchell – his early champion who had brought him under the wing of Faber Music – found, as had Isobel Malcolm Arnold, that ‘the tragedy was that the black hole in his personality became bigger and bigger and that took him over, exacerbated by the alcohol’. Arnold even suggested that, like one of the heroes in his many war films, they should tie sheets together and climb out of the window. Interviewed by Michael Oliver in 1980, Arnold was lucid, calm and reasonable, and responded well to Oliver’s interview technique, genial and informed as ever. The concerto is a brief work, partly because of Arnold’s state of health at the time and partly because of the nature of the trumpet. Alan Poulton, ever methodical, and in the process of compiling his catalogue, managed to unearth some lost works from the Arnold canon.