Benjamin, Arthur (1893-1960)

Also known as
Benjamin, A. (1893-1960)
Benjamin, Arthur
Field of activity
composer; pianist; conductor; music teacher
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-617083

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Arthur Benjamin grew up in Brisbane. He travelled to Britain in 1911 as the recipient of a scholarship to attend the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Charles Villiers Stanford until the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Benjamin enlisted to serve in the infantry, but later transferred to the airforce and became a gunner with the Royal Flying Corps. Shot down over Germany in July, 1918, he was taken prisoner and spent the rest of the war writing music in a German prison camp. At the war's end Benjamin returned to Australia at the invitation of Henri Verbrugghen to take up a position as Professor of Pianoforte at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music. He remained in Australia for only two years, however, and in 1921 returned to England, where he concentrated on his performance career. He made his first concert appearance in London with Sir Henry Wood in 1925, having spent the previous four years practising intensively. He was also composing during this period and in 1924 won the Carnegie Award for his Pastoral Fantasy for string quartet. He accepted a position at the Royal College of Music in 1926, where his students of piano included Benjamin Britten, Peggy Glanville-Hicks and Miriam Hyde. In 1938, however, he resigned and moved to Vancouver, where in 1941 he was engaged to conduct the new Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Symphony Orchestra. In 1944-45 he also held the position of lecturer at Reed College, Portland, Oregon. Returning to Britain, he resumed his position at the RCM, where he remained until 1953. Benjamin received a number of prizes for his compositions, including the British Arts Council Prize of 1951, the Festival of Britain Opera Competition Prize (1953) and the Cobbett Medal (1960). He wrote numerous 'serious' compositions, including several operas, orchestral works, a harmonica concerto (premiered by Larry Adler), vocal and chamber music, and also had a great commercial success with his Jamaican Rumba (1938).

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  1. Paysage triste / Arthur Benjamin
    Benjamin, Arthur, 1893-1960.
    [ Printed music : 1934 ]
    At Uni of Melb Library
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  2. Scherzino by Arthur Benjamin
    Benjamin, Arthur, 1893-1960
    [ Book : 1936 ]
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    Scherzino by Arthur Benjamin
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  3. Siciliana by Arthur Benjamin
    Benjamin, Arthur, 1893-1960
    [ Book : 1936 ]
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    Siciliana by Arthur Benjamin
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  4. Six ceremonial fanfares
    Duncan, Trevor
    [ Printed music : 1953 ]
    At National Library
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  5. Songs by Arthur Benjamin
    Benjamin, Arthur, 1893-1960
    [ Printed music : 1924 ]
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  6. Sonatina for violoncello and piano /Arthur Benjamin
    Benjamin, Arthur, 1893-1960
    [ Book : 1939 ]
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    Sonatina for violoncello and piano /Arthur Benjamin
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  7. Chinoiserie (gavotte and musette) Arthur Benjamin
    Benjamin, Arthur, 1893-1960
    [ Book : 1963 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
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    Chinoiserie (gavotte and musette) Arthur Benjamin
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  8. Three little pieces by Arthur Benjamin
    Benjamin, Arthur, 1893-1960
    [ Book : 1929 ]
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    Three little pieces by Arthur Benjamin
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  9. A gay study piano solo / Arthur Benjamin
    Benjamin, Arthur, 1893-1960
    [ Book : 1933 ]
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    A gay study piano solo / Arthur Benjamin
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  10. Fantasies for piano solo. Book one Arthur Benjamin
    Benjamin, Arthur, 1893-1960
    [ Book : 1933 ]
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    Fantasies for piano solo. Book one Arthur Benjamin
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  1. [Biographical cuttings on Arthur Benjamin, composer, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Paysage triste / Arthur Benjamin
    Benjamin, Arthur, 1893-1960.
    [ Printed music : 1934 ]
    At Uni of Melb Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 80,393.008)

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  3. Cast on stage during rehearsal of The Devil take her, 1953 / Associated Newspapers Ltd
    Associated Newspapers (Australia)
    [ Photograph : 1953 ]
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    At National Library
    Cast on stage during rehearsal of The Devil take her, 1953 / Associated Newspapers Ltd
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 52,233.191)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 52,233.191)

  4. Arthur Benjamin's Le Tombeau de Ravel : approaches for accurate tuning and intonation for 'Bb' clarinet / Claire Murray
    Murray, Claire
    [ Thesis : 2011 ]
    At Monash Uni Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 51,477.285)

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  5. Arthur Benjamin with a woman, New South Wales, ca. 1930s
    Fairfax Corporation
    [ Photograph : 1930-1939 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
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    At National Library
    Arthur Benjamin with a woman, New South Wales, ca. 1930s
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 44,129.355)

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  6. Pianist Arthur Benjamin playing a piano, New South Wales, 13 April 1929
    Fairfax Corporation
    [ Photograph : 1929 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
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    At National Library
    Pianist Arthur Benjamin playing a piano, New South Wales, 13 April 1929
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 43,627.602)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 43,627.602)

  7. A natural talent [The music of Arthur Benjamin, one of Australia's most successful composers, whose work was hugely popular in England and the United States, is ripe for a renaissance]
    Maunder, Patricia
    Limelight (Kings Cross, NSW)
    [ Article : 2010 ]
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  8. The influence of Arthur Benjamin's film music on music he wrote for other genres / Wendy Faye Hiscocks
    Hiscocks, Wendy
    [ Thesis : 2009 ]
    At ANU Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 36,967.867)

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  9. The influence of Arthur Benjamin's film music on music he wrote for other genres
    Hiscocks, Wendy Faye
    [ Thesis : 2009-2018 ]
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    At ANU Inst Rep
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 36,226.113)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 36,226.113)

  10. Robin Lovejoy discussing the libretto of Arthur Benjamin's opera The Devil take her with baritone Frank Lisle, September 1953 / Associated Newspapers Ltd
    Associated Newspapers (Australia)
    [ Photograph : 1953 ]
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    At National Library
    Robin Lovejoy discussing the libretto of Arthur Benjamin's opera The Devil take her with baritone Frank Lisle, September 1953 / Associated Newspapers Ltd
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 35,335.129)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 35,335.129)

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  1. Peddiwell, J. Arthur (1893-1969)
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  2. Benjamin, Arthur Solomon (1855-1920)
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    ... The death is announced by cable from London, of Mr. Arthur Benjamin, elder brother of Mr. Louis S ... . Benjamin, of "Wyalla," Queen's road, St. Kilda, and of Mrs. Lewis Sanders, of Alma-road, St. Kilda. The... ...
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  3. Benjamin, Arthur
    ... Arthur Benjamin grew up in Brisbane. He travelled to Britain in 1911 as the recipient of a ... outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Benjamin enlisted to serve in the infantry, but later transferred ...
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  1. IN BANKRUPTCY. Re Arthur Benjamin Bridge, of Tamworth, farmer.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 1 March 1918 [Issue No.26] p 1156

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... In the Supreme Court of New South Wales. (21,83U) IN BANKRUPTCY. Re Arthur Benjamin Bridge, of ... 105 words
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  2. IN BANKRUPTCY. Re Arthur Benjamin Willis, of Cobar, saddler.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 7 January 1890 [Issue No.12] p 190

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... In the Supreme Court of New South Wales. IN BANKRUPTCY. Re Arthur Beuiamin Willie, of Oobar ... , not later than the 3rd day of February, 1890. ARTHUR HENRY, Registrar in Bankruptcy. Official Assignee ... 104 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,652.952)

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  3. RE the estate of BENJAMIN ARTHUR MACKRELL, late of
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 27 July 1973 [Issue No.97] p 3304

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... RE the estate of BENJAMIN ARTHUR MACKRELL, late of Port Macquarie, in the State of New South Wales ... Trustee Act, 1925-1942, the Public Trustee, the executor of the will of the said Benjamin Arthur Mackrell ... 190 words
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    [ Photograph : 1953 ]
    Cast on stage during rehearsal of The Devil take her, 1953 / Associated Newspapers Ltd
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    [ Photograph : 1929 ]
    Pianist Arthur Benjamin playing a piano, New South Wales, 13 April 1929
  3. Arthur Benjamin with a woman, New S ...
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    [ Photograph : 1930-1939 ]
    Arthur Benjamin with a woman, New South Wales, ca. 1930s
  4. Robin Lovejoy discussing the libret ...
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    [ Photograph : 1953 ]
    Robin Lovejoy discussing the libretto of Arthur Benjamin's opera The Devil take her with baritone Frank Lisle, September 1953 / Associated Newspapers Ltd
  5. Albert Arlen - photographs, 194-?-1 ...
    [ Photograph : 1970 ]
  6. Series 05: Henri Verbrugghen photog ...
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1875-1934 ]
  1. ARTHUR BENJAMIN.
    The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947) Tuesday 14 May 1929 p 20 Article
    ... arthur benjamin. Mr. Arthur Benjamin will give his second recital at the Exhibition Hall on ... 55 words
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  2. ARTHUR BENJAMIN.
    Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930) Sunday 13 August 1922 p 10 Article
    ... ARTHUR BENJAMIN. The following extract from a letter received from Mr. Arthur Benjamin, the ... 311 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5,378.646)

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  3. ARTHUR BENJAMIN.
    The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Thursday 9 May 1929 p 10 Article
    ... ABTHÏÏB BENJAMIN. Under the direction of Mr. E. J. Carroll, Mr. Arthur Benjamin, the famous ... , May 16. Mr. Benjamin recently re-turned from England after an ab-sence of eight years from his native ... 138 words
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  1. The crimson flash : an autobiography of Arthur Benjamin Postle, born March 08 1881 at Pittsworth, Qld., Australia
    Postle, Arthur Benjamin
    [ Book : 1932-1995 ]
    At 2 libraries
    The crimson flash : an autobiography of Arthur Benjamin Postle, born March 08 1881 at Pittsworth, Qld., Australia
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 485.925)

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  2. The return of Benjamin Franklin : [by] Bess B. Loomis and Arthur J. Burks
    Loomis, Bess Bingaman, 1884-
    [ Book : 1955 ]
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  3. Orion and King Arthur / Ben Bova
    Bova, Ben, 1932-
    [ Book : 2012 ]
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    At 29 libraries
    Orion and King Arthur / Ben Bova
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 391.871)

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  4. Arthur Rimbaud / Benjamin Ivry
    Ivry, Benjamin
    [ Book : 1998 ]
    At 3 libraries
    Arthur Rimbaud / Benjamin Ivry
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  1. Mee, Arthur Benjamin (WW1 soldier)
    Mee, Arthur Benjamin (WW1 soldier)
    Created by EliseJ, 3 items.

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  2. GULLIVER Bob, Agnes, Emma, Benjamin, Thomas, Arthur
    GULLIVER Bob, Agnes, Emma, Benjamin, Thomas, Arthur
    Created by davidgulliver, 63 items.

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 487.069)

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  3. Walton, Benjamin Arthur (WW1 Soldier) - List of articles in Trove
    Walton, Benjamin Arthur (WW1 Soldier) - List of articles in Trove
    Created by SLQLD, 9 items.

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  1. Arthur, B K (Benjamin King), NX33985
    [ Unpublished : 2017 ]
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    At Uni Melbourne Arch
    Arthur, B K (Benjamin King), NX33985
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  2. Letter from Arthur Edwin Way to Benjamin Way, 11 & 24 September 1842
    Way, Benjamin
    [ Unpublished : 1842 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Letter from Arthur Edwin Way to Benjamin Way, 11 & 24 September 1842
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  3. Harold Raymond Wayne Benjamin papers
    Peddiwell, J. Arthur, 1893-1969
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  1. Arthur Benjamin : Fantasies for piano solo. Book one
    Benjamin, Arthur
    [ Printed music : 1933 ]
    At Methodist Ladies'
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  2. Jamaican rumba : chamber music by Arthur Benjamin / Arthur Benjamin
    Benjamin, Arthur
    [ Sound : 2000 ]
    At Ryde City Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 403.246)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 403.246)

  3. Jamaican rumba : music by Arthur Benjamin. Vol. 1 / Ian Munro, piano
    Benjamin, Arthur
    [ Sound : 1999 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 348.962)

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  4. Jamaican rumba : Arthur Benjamin chamber music. [Vol. 2] Ian Munro, piano
    Benjamin, Arthur
    [ Sound : 2000 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 322.892)

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  1. ARTHUR BENJAMIN (4 November 1950)
    Australian Broadcasting Commission; MICHAEL DONALDSON
    ABC weekly
    [ Article : 1950 ]
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    ARTHUR BENJAMIN (4 November 1950)
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  2. A Tribute to Arthur Benjamin
    Hutchens, Frank
    Meanjin
    [ Article : 1960 ]
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  3. Benjamin, Arthur. The fascinating world of graph theory.(Brief article)(Book review)
    Johnson, J
    CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries
    [ Article : 2015 ]
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 320.51)

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  4. Arthur Benjamin (20 April 1929 - 27 April 1929) [Event Description]
    [ Article : 1929 ]
    At AusStage
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 316.921)

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  1. Chapel Street pawnbrokers and streetscapes
    Healey, Christine
    [ Photograph, Art work, Map, Object ]
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    At Stonnington History
    Chapel Street pawnbrokers and streetscapes
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 50.682)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 50.682)

  2. Map for Heywood's Vacation tour to the antipodes
    Heywood, B. A. (Benjamin Arthur)
    [ Map : 1860-1863 ]
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    At 2 libraries
    Map for Heywood's Vacation tour to the antipodes
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  3. Patuxent folio, Maryland-District of Columbia. [Prepared under the supervision of William Bullock Clark, geologist in charge. By George Burbank Shattuck, Benjamin LeRoy Miller, and Arthur Bibbins] ... ..
    Shattuck, George Burbank, b. 1869
    [ Government publication, Map, Book : 1907 ]
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