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The Malcolm Arnold Prize Essay

Entries are solicited for the first Malcolm Arnold Prize Essay. The prize, established by The Malcolm Arnold Trust and The Malcolm Arnold Society, is intended to promote scholarly inquiry into the work of one of England’s leading composers. The winning essay will receive £1000, and there will be a special prize of £250 for the best essay written by someone under the age of nineteen.

There is a choice of two topics this year: either Malcolm Arnold’s concertos or Malcolm Arnold’s film music. Competitors are encouraged to use the Malcolm Arnold archive, on temporary loan to the Eton College Library.  A list of relevant autograph scores in the archive may be found online at or by contacting the Library.

The essay, which must be in English, should be between 2500 and 5000 words. Music examples should be used. The topics of Arnold’s concertos and film music may be approached in any way, from a general survey to the study of one particular genre or work. The entry should, however, contain some original research. Competitors are welcome to consult original autograph scores in the Eton College Library, which is open on weekdays from 9.30 to 5.00, and application to use the Arnold archive should be made to the library at or 01753 370590.

The completed essay should be typed in double spacing and sent to  by 13 January 2018. The winner will be announced later that month. The judging panel will include representatives from the Arnold Society and the academic musical world.

The winning essays and perhaps a runner-up will be published in Maestro, the annual magazine of the Malcolm Arnold Society.



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