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Arthur Bliss

 1891 - 1975Arthur Bliss Photo © Copyright www.booseyprints.com

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Arthur Bliss studied at Cambridge and with Stanford at the Royal College of Music * After First World War, works showed influence of Stravinsky and Les Six, attracting some notoriety * In 1920s style broadened into more Elgarian vein, with such works as A Colour Symphony establishing him as a major figure * Collaborated with Ninette de Valois on Checkmate and with Robert Helpmann on two further ballets * In 1935 composed the first great film score for Korda's version of H.G.Wells's Things to Come * Many popular works for chorus and for brass band * During Second World War was Director of Music at BBC, laying foundations for the future Third Programme and Radio 3 * Appointed Master of the Queen's Music in 1953

Works by Arthur Bliss include:
A Colour Symphony (1921-22, rev.1932) for orchestra
Introduction and Allegro (1926, rev.1937) for orchestra
Conquest of the Air: Concert Suite (1937) for orchestra
Seven American Poems (1940) for low voice and piano



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