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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.
‘A Christmas Carol’ has inspired countless musical versions including a Benjamin Britten chamber piece, ‘Men of Goodwill: Variations on A Christmas Carol’. It was also turned into a ballet with music by Vaughan Williams, known as ‘On Christmas Night’. Richard Addinsell, composer of the 'Warsaw Concerto' provided the score for the classic 1951 film version in which Alastair Sim was the definitive Scrooge.
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