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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.
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.
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