British Composer Malcolm Arnold Dies at 84

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British composer Sir Malcolm Arnold, died Saturday after a short illness. He was 84. His interpretation of Kenneth Alford's "Colonel Bogey" from the movie Bridge on the River Kwai, won Arnold the 1958 Oscar for film score. He was known for integrating a film's action into his compositions.


And finally tonight, we bid farewell to the British composer Sir Malcolm Arnold, who died yesterday after a short illness. He was 84. You may not recognize his name, but you've likely heard this.

(Soundbite of "Colonel Bogey March")

ELLIOTT: This was the Colonel Bogey March from the movie Bridge on the River Kwai, originally composed by Kenneth Alford in 1914 but popularized by Malcolm Arnold in his 1958 Oscar-winning film score.

(Soundbite of "Colonel Bogey March")

ELLIOTT: Arnold was the first British composer to win an Academy Award. He wrote 130 film scores, including the music for David Copperfield and Hobson's Choice. But he also composed symphonies, concertos, operas and ballets. His ballet The Three Musketeers premiered in England last night. Sir Malcolm Arnold died yesterday.

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