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The composer of my solo piece Jamaican Rumba was an Australian man called Arthur Leslie Benjamin He was born in Sydney on the 18th of September 1893 to Abraham and Amelia Benjamin Amelia played the piano a talent which she passed on to her son At the age of six he made his first public appearance as a pianist His formal music training began three years later with organist George Sampson A few years later he began composing his own music Many women strongly influenced Arthur Benjamin and his writings even though he was homosexual Ren Caprara played clarinet in the first band Benjamin performed in Capraras beautiful playing was the inspiration for Benjamin to write the Scherzo in B minor for clarinet and piano Benjamin partnered Harriet Cohen in performance of Bachs Concerto for two Claviers The same year Benjamin wrote the solo piano Suite and dedicated the first movement Prelude to her In 1935 he accompanied Lorne Munroe on a concert tour of England and Europe Three years later he wrote the enchanting Sonatina for her When the war came around Arthur was admitted to the armed forces against the will of all who knew him He was assigned to the Flying Corps in 1917 and during a battle was shot down suffering minor injuries He was taken to the R camp in Germany to recover During his time here he was lucky enough to be allowed to continue practicing his music In 1938 he brought back a folk tune from a trip to the West Indies and transformed it into the famous Jamaican Rumba He also wrote two operas which did reasonably well in their times Arthur Benjamin died at the age of 66 at the Middlesex Hospital from a reoccurring cancer He did not mind being remembered exclusively as the composer of Jamaican Rumba contrarily he enjoyed it The fame from this work has put him
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