'Oliver Twist' by Sir Arnold Bax
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Charles Dickens: 10 Musical Connections
4. 'Oliver Twist' by Sir Arnold Bax
Appointed Master of the King’s Music in 1942, Sir Arnold Bax (1883-1953) was not a fan of Dickens' ‘Oliver Twist’. Nevertheless, he pulled out all the stops towards the end of his life to create a marvelous score for David Lean’s atmospheric 1948 film adaptation, which starred Alec Guiness as Fagin.