while remaining relatively little known in his homeland. During his time in the U.S., Arnell was the Music Supervisor for the BBC in North America, and was commissioned to compose (to a text by Stephen Spender) a cantata, The War God, in celebration of the opening of the United Nations, as well as a fanfare to greet Winston Churchill's arrival in New York. His music has been championed by Thomas Beecham, Leopold Stokowski, and Bernard Herrmann, among others. Between 1947 and 1987 he taught at Trinity College of Music in London. Arnell composed the music for The Land (1942), a forty-five-minute documentary film directed by Robert J. Flaherty for the U.S.
Department of Agriculture. He was also commissioned by the Ford Motor Company to compose a symphonic suite inspired by the workers in the factory at Dagenham; the resulting work accompanies a film called Opus 65. Arnell established and headed the Music Department at the London International Film School until his retirement in the late 1980s. He established a reputation as a major composer for the ballet stage through collaborations with choreographers of the stature of George Ballanchine, John Cranko, and Frederick Ashton. His many ballets have been successfully staged in both New York and London.
His score for Punch and the Child was recorded by Beecham with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and has seldom been out of the catalogue. Arnell's second and third symphonies, together with the piano concerto and the early overture The New Age, received their world premiere recordings by conductor Martin Yates and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 2005. Arnell has composed in all the established genres for the concert platform, and his works include six symphonies and six string quartets. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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