Arthur Benjamin

(1893—1960) composer and pianist

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(b Sydney, NSW, 1893; d London, 1960).

Australian composer and pianist. Prof. of pf. at Sydney Cons. 1919–21, then returned to Eng. in similar post at RCM from 1926. Pupils incl. Britten. Cond. Vancouver SO 1940–6. As pianist gave f.p. of Howells's 1st pf. conc., London 1914, and of Lambert's pf. conc., London 1931. Works incl. operas (incl. The Devil Take Her (1931) and A Tale of Two Cities (1949–50); ballet Orlando's Silver Wedding (1951); sym. (1941–5); pf. concertino (1927–8); vn. conc. (1932); harmonica conc. (1953); chamber mus. and pf. pieces. Also film mus. and songs.

Subjects: Music.

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