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The World's Greatest Music
From the 1930s to the 1950s, Britain's finest classical composers - including Britten, Vaughan Williams and Walton - wrote music for movies. Find out more here about some of their finest achievements.
In the 1940s, the shortage of trained music teachers in schools was filled in part by educational films. The first and most well known was Instruments of the Orchestra, directed by Muir Mathieson, for which Britten wrote his Variations on a Theme of Purcell, now known as 'The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra'. Filmed at Pinewood, Sir Malcolm Sargent takes viewers through each section of the orchestra before playing the fugue that engages the whole ensemble.
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