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BENJAMIN, Arthur
b Sydney, 28 September 1893
d London, 20 April 1960, aged sixty-six


After a general education at Brisbane Grammar School, he entered the Royal College of Music at the age of eighteen and stayed there until the outbreak of war in 1914. After the war he taught piano at the Sydney Conservatorium, returning to London in 1921. In 1924 he won the Carnegie Award, in 1926 he joined the staff of the Royal College of Music, and in 1956 was awarded the Cobbett Medal.
1920 (27)
Three Impressions, for voice and string quartet
1924 (31)
Pastoral Fantasy, for string quartet
Sonatina for violin and piano 1
925 (32)
Three Mystical Songs, for unaccompanied chorus
1928 (35)
Concerto quasi una fantasia, for piano and orchestra
1931 (38)
The Devil Take Her, comic opera
1932 (39)
Violin Concerto
1933 (40)
Prima Donna, comic opera
1935 (42)
Heritage, for orchestra
Romantic Fantasy, for violin, viola and orchestra
1937 (44)
Nightingale Lane, for two voices and piano
Overture to an Italian Comedy, for orchestra
1938 (45)
Two Jamaican Pieces for orchestra, 'Jamaican Song' and 'Jamaican Rumba'
Sonatina for cello and piano
Cotillon Suite of English Dunce Tunes, for orchestra
1940 (47)
Sonatina for chamber orchestra
1942 (49)
Concerto for oboe and strings
1944 5 (51-2)
Symphony No 1
1945 (52)
From San Domingo, for orchestra
Red River Jig, for orchestra
Elegy, Waltz and Toccata, for viola and orchestra
1946 (53)
Caribbean Dance, for orchestra
1947 (54)
Ballade for strings
1949 (56)
The Tale of Two Cities, opera (1949-50)
Valses caprices for clarinet (or viola)
and piano
1951 (58)
Orlando's Silver Wedding, ballet
North American Square Dance, for orchestra
1952 (59)
Divertimento on themes by Gluck, for orchestra
1953 (60)
Three Fanfares
1956 (63)
Mariana, opera
1958 (65)
Le Tombeau de Ravel, for viola, cello and piano
1959 (66)
String Quartet No 2
1959-60 (66-7)
Tartuffe, opera
Benjamin also wrote many works for piano.


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