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Arthur Bliss

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Although outspoken in his support from the post-World War I Parisian avant-garde during his youth, British composer Arthur Bliss finished his lengthy career being a devoted proponent of a far more conventional, neo-Romantic musical visual. Educated at Pembroke University, Cambridge with the Royal University of Music (where he discovered his research with Charles Stanford as well stifling), Bliss’ first music (all afterwards withdrawn and eventually destroyed with the composer) displays a strong understanding of and curiosity about the music of Edward Elgar. After provider using the Royal Fusiliers (and afterwards the Grenadier Guards) through the Battle, nevertheless, Bliss’ musical visual changed significantly, and he quickly became referred to as a completely “contemporary” composer, owing even more allegiance towards the interesting happenings over the continent than to the musical lifestyle of his very own nation. His music in the 1920s (like the Rhapsody for just two voices and chamber ensemble) can be characterized by uncommon vocal methods, jazz impact, and stunning harmonic techniques (not forgetting occasionally spectacular ensembles (e.g., the incidental music towards the Tempest, 1921, have scored for two man voices, trumpet, trombone, piano, gong, and five percussionists!). Bliss’ significant career being a conductor started in 1921 along with his session as conductor from the Portsmouth Philharmonic Culture. Invited to compose a function for the Three Choirs Celebration in 1922, Bliss developed one of is own best-known works, the color Symphony; this adventuresome function got the unwelcome side-effect of leading to a stress in the partnership between Bliss and Elgar, an ardent conventional through whom the particular commission for the task had arrive. After 2 yrs in California along with his sibling and dad (1923-1925) (where time Bliss resided in semi-retirement through the musical globe and wedded Trudy Hoffmann), the composer came back to THE UK and resumed his energetic composing career using the Launch and Allegro of 1926 (commissioned and premiered by Leopold Stokowski). During the period of the 1920s Bliss started to re-evaluate his history like a composer and discovered him veering from the “modernist” tendencies from the post-War years and only a richer melodic strategy in which audio musical rhetoric and building occasionally suffer and only expression and clearness of dramatic purpose. The five-movement Morning hours Heroes, a choral symphony focused on the victims of Globe Battle I and premiered in 1930, is usually a fine exemplory case of Bliss’ fresh outlook. The very first years of Globe Battle II had been spent in america teaching at Berkeley, but Bliss came back to Britain to dominate as movie director of music in the BBC from 1942 to 1944. Knighted for solutions to English music in 1950, Bliss offered as Master from the Queen’s Music from 1953 to until his loss of life in 1975 at age 83.

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Full Name Arthur Bliss
Died March 27, 1975, London, United Kingdom
Profession Composer, Conductor
Education Pembroke College, Cambridge, Royal College of Music, Rugby School, University of Cambridge
Nationality English
Spouse Gertrude Hoffman
Parents Francis Edward Bliss, Agnes Kennard
Siblings Kennard Bliss
Albums A Colour Symphony / Adam Zero, Britten & Bliss, Chamber Music, Vol. 1: String Quartets / Conversations, Bliss: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Theme and Cadenza for Violin and Orchestra, Checkmate / Mêlée Fantasque, Cello Concerto / Music for Strings / Two Studies, Cello Concerto, Music for Oboe & Strings, The Film Music of Sir Arthur Bliss, British Composers: Britten: War Requiem / Bliss: Morning Heroes, Bliss Conducts Bliss, Suite from Things to Come, A Colour Symphony; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Music By Bliss, Vol. 2, Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Op. 39 (Stereo Remaster), Piano Concertos, Music by Bliss, Vol. 1, Things to Come (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Remastered], BBC Music, Volume 7, Number 8: Elgar: Froissart / Bliss: Checkmate / Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 4 (BBC Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Malcolm Arnold), Enigma Variations / Pomp and Circumstance Marches / Serenade for Strings, Oboe Quintet / Piano Quartet / Viola Sonata


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1 Leading English composer of symphonies, ballets and choral works, trained under Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst. Began as a writer of avant garde pieces but became more conservative with his compositions during the 1940's. He was made Master of the Queen's Musick in 1953 after having been knighted three years earlier. Occasionally wrote for films.
2 Son-in-law of Gertrude Hoffman.
3 He was awarded the Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 1950 King's Honours List; awarded Knight Commander of the Order of the Royal Victorian Order in the 1969 Queen's Honours List; and awarded the Companion of Honour in the 1971 Queen's Honours List for his services to music.
4 Grandfather of Caroline Bliss.


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Royal Palaces of Britain 1966 TV Movie composer: music
An Age of Kings 1960 TV Series composer - 14 episodes
War in the Air 1954-1955 TV Series documentary composer - 15 episodes
Welcome the Queen! 1954 Documentary composer: march "Welcome the Queen"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
An Age of Kings [UK] 2013 TV Series
Checkmate 1963 TV Movie
Abandon Ship 1957 as Sir Arthur Bliss
The Beggar's Opera 1953
Christopher Columbus 1949
Men of Two Worlds 1946
Checkmate 1939 TV Movie
I, Claudius 1937
The Conquest of the Air 1936
Things to Come 1936 music specially composed by

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Things to Come 1936 arranger: "The First Noel" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Words and Music 1959 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

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Music on 2 1972 TV Series Himself

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