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Charles Dickens is the most celebrated English novelist of the 19th century. His books – including such classics as ‘Oliver Twist’, ‘David Copperfield’ and ‘Great Expectations’ – have inspired countless film and TV adaptations with great scores. But Dickens also has other connections with classical music.
In 1836, Dickens himself wrote the libretto for an operetta, titled ‘The Village Coquettes’. The composer John Pyke Hullah wrote the music. Hullah was an aspiring composer and student at the Royal Academy of Music where Dickens' sister Fanny was one of the first students admitted and an accomplished pianist and singer.
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