Benjamin Frankel (1906 –1973) was a British composer. His best known pieces include a cycle of five string quartets, eight symphonies, and concertos for violin and viola. His single best-known piece is probably the First Sonata for Solo Violin, which, like his concertos, resulted from a long association with Max Rostal. He was also notable for writing 100 film scores. His best-known work, however, is probably his score for the 1965 World War II drama The Battle of the Bulge. The music of this film one of the few shining elements in a deeply flawed film. Frankel was a serious composer with a style of his own and avoided most of the expected cliches that one would anticipate in a score for a film of this kind. The music is surprisingly spare and intimate, without the kind of enveloping and sweeping thematic material typical of the genre. There is gorgeous, lyrical music for horns and reeds, and, punctuated by shattering passages for the brass, all of it is intended to get inside and behind the action, rather than merely mimic it externally.