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Arthur Benjamin


Arthur Benjamin (18 September 1893, Sydney, Australia – 10 April 1960, London) was an Australian and English composer and pianist.

Benjamin studied at the Royal College of Music in London, and after serving with the air service in World War I, he returned for a brief time to Sydney. In 1921, he returned permanently to London, where he worked as a piano soloist and taught at the Royal College of Music.

Benjamin wrote four operas (e.g., A Tale of Two Cities (1950), and Mañana) as well as music for film, beginning in 1934 with The Scarlet Pimpernel. He is best known for his Jamaican Rhumba.

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