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Arnold started to compose as a young man in the 1920's and subsequently he has written about 160 pieces across seven decades. He read Hstory at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge but after gaining his BA degree, he switched to the music course. After gaining a second BA in Music he left for Berlin to study composition and piano at the Berlin Academy for Music, where he was a student under Hindemith, whose compositional style was a great influence on Cooke’s. After returning to England in the early 1930s Cooke continued to compose and teach for the rest of his life, even during the war years. The hallmark of his style is a tonal and lyrical quality, maintained throughout his career and this can be heard clearly throughout this sonata. The first movement opens with a great declamation from both instruments which is interspersed with more playful elements throughout. The second movement is an aria in a more meditative style, while the final movement is much more sprightly and cheeky.

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