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date: 21 November 2019

Benjamin, Arthur (opera)locked

  • Noël Goodwin

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(b Sydney, Sept 18, 1893; d London, April 10, 1960). Australian-English composer and pianist. He began piano lessons at the age of nine while at school in Brisbane, and at 14 attended his first opera in Brussels during a visit to Europe with his parents. His first employment was as a demonstrator in a Brisbane piano store, but in 1911 he went to Britain to study at the RCM, working with Stanford for composition and Frederick Bridge for fugue. While at the RCM he wrote and sold two piano pieces for children, and after war service (Royal Flying Corps) he went back to Australia and a piano teaching appointment at the New South Wales State Conservatorium in Sydney.

In 1921 Benjamin returned to make his home in London, setting a pattern of composition interspersed with teaching and adjudicating as the basis of his subsequent career; much of this was focussed on the piano. He composed a large number of light piano works; ...

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