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Richard Rodney Bennett (1936–2012)

Richard Rodney Bennett was an eclectic composer of serious orchestral works, jazz songs and music for stage and screen. Of the former, his most famous compositions include a First Symphony, a piano concerto and four string quartets. Among the latter are scores for operas, such as the dramatic "The Mines of Sulphur" and the more light-hearted and ... See full bio »

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 2010 Circus Drawings (Short)
 2004 Making 'Murder on the Orient Express' (Video documentary) (as Sir Richard Rodney Bennett)
 2000 Gormenghast (TV Mini-Series) (4 episodes)
- Episode #1.4 (2000)
- Episode #1.3 (2000)
- Episode #1.2 (2000)
- Episode #1.1 (2000)
 1997 The Tale of Sweeney Todd (TV Movie)
 1996 Swann
 1988 American Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1987 The Charmer (TV Mini-Series) (6 episodes)
- Gorse at the End (1987)
 1985 Tender Is the Night (TV Mini-Series) (6 episodes)
- Episode #1.6 (1985)
- Episode #1.5 (1985)
- Episode #1.4 (1985)
- Episode #1.3 (1985)
- Episode #1.2 (1985)
 1985 Murder with Mirrors (TV Movie)
 1984 The Ebony Tower (TV Movie)
 1984 Knockback (TV Movie)
 1979 Yanks
 1977 Equus
 1977 The Accuser
 1976 Sherlock Holmes in New York (TV Movie)
 1973 Voices
 1967 Far from the Madding Crowd (music composed by)
 1964-1967 The Wednesday Play (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- The Order (1967)
- Malatesta (1964)
 1966 The Witches
 1965 The Nanny
 1965 Hereward the Wake (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Brain Biter (1965)
 1964 Hamlet at Elsinore (TV Movie)
 1963 Festival (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Stephen D (1963)
 1963 Billy Liar
 1961 The Mark (as Richard Bennett)
 1959 The Devil's Disciple (music by)
 1959 The Angry Hills (as Richard Bennett)
 1959 The Man Who Could Cheat Death (as Richard Bennett)
 1958 The Man Inside (as Richard Bennett)
 1958 Indiscreet (as Richard Bennett)
 1957 Pickup Alley (as Richard Bennett)
 1957 Song of the Clouds (Documentary short)
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Other Works:

Unused score: Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Richard Bennett | Sir Richard Rodney Bennett

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Personal Quote:

The different parts of my career seemed to take part in different rooms, albeit in the same house. See more »


He was awarded the Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 1998 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to music. See more »

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