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Arthur Bliss (8/02/1891 - 3/27/1975)

Arthur Bliss, having been knighted in 1950, was Master of the Queen’s Music in Great Britain from 1953 until his death. After a period in which he embraced a more radical approach to composition, he eventually followed the late-Romantic tradition of English music established by Elgar. In accordance with the perceived duties of his official position, he wrote various ceremonial pieces, in addition to music for the concert hall, theatre and cinema.

Film Music

Familiar music by Bliss includes excerpts from his film score for HG Wells’s Things to Come and the patriotic march Welcome the Queen, also written for a film.

Stage Works

The ballets Checkmate (an allegorical game of chess, with choreography by Ninette de Valois), Miracle in the Gorbals (a morality play set in the slums of Glasgow, with choreography by Robert Helpmann) and Adam Zero (another Helpmann production, of 1946) made a strong impression on ballet audiences. Bliss was less successful with his opera The Olympians, a collaboration with JB Priestley, but his television opera of 1960, Tobias and the Angel, was well received.

Choral and Orchestral Music



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