18 September - 1950 - The Rich Life of our Forgotten Musical Genius

Arthur Benjamin was born on this day in 1893 — and it was also on this day in 1950 that he was in The Sun newspaper slamming Sydney as a backwater. Stumbling on this article led me to wonder about this then-famous pianist and composer. Scratching the surface was to find a man whose rich life saw him write a tune for a future Queen’s special day, nearly die at the hands of a future Nazi war criminal and help a hot young director become the future master of suspense films.


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