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Frank Bridge (1879-1941) was a pioneering English composer and conductor known for his significant contributions to 20th-century music. Born in Brighton, he studied at the Royal College of Music in London and became a prominent figure in the British musical scene. Bridge's compositions ranged from orchestral works and chamber music to songs and choral pieces. His music evolved from late Romanticism to a more modern, impressionistic style, influenced by contemporary European trends. Notably, he mentored a young Benjamin Britten, whose career he nurtured. Bridge's legacy endures through his innovative compositions and his influence on the next generation of British composers.