Jamaican Rumba

1937; originally for two pianos; solo piano version published in 1945

Arthur Benjamin (1893–1960) was born in Sydney, Australia, and received a general education in Brisbane before coming to London to study at The Royal College of Music under Stanford. He returned briefly to Sydney as a piano teacher but soon found he preferred the musical stimulus of London. He composed a vast range of music including operas and other vocal music, orchestral and chamber music, and film music. His taste for American and Latin American sounds was developed during travels as an adjudicator and examiner for the Associated Examining Board, and in 1938 he achieved his most popular success with his Jamaican Rumba. Composed originally for two pianos, it was later arranged for orchestra (including piano).

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2002


Benjamin: Violin Sonatina & Viola Sonata
Studio Master: CDA67969Composers of World War IStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
British Light Music Classics
CDS44261/44CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
British Light Music Classics, Vol. 4
CDA67400Archive Service; also available on CDS44261/4
Piers Lane goes to town
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Track 8 on CDA67400 [2'06] Archive Service; also available on CDS44261/4
Track 15 on CDA67967 [1'01]
Track 13 on CDA67969 [1'51] Composers of World War I
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