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 Arthur Bliss

Arthur Bliss

Birth
Barnes, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England
Death 27 Mar 1975 (aged 83)
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burial Mortlake, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England
Plot Old Mortlake burial ground
Memorial ID 22462 · View Source
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Composer. He was a notable figure in 20th Century English music, though his compositions are seldom performed today. His score for the science-fiction film "Things To Come" (1936), with its famous "March," is probably his best-known work. Among Bliss's other opuses are the "Colour Symphony" (1921), "Introduction and Allegro" (1926), the ballet "Checkmate" (1937), a Piano Concerto (written for the New York World's Fair, 1939), Violin Concerto (1955), "Meditations on a Theme of John Blow" (1955), Cello Concerto (1970), and "Metamorphic Variations" (1972). Bliss was born in London, to a British father and an American mother, and studied at the Royal College of Music. His early style was influenced by Stravinsky and Debussy. Later he adapted a more conservative idiom, reflecting the Edwardian romanticism of Elgar spiced with occasional modern harmonies. As music director of the BBC from 1942 to 1944, his ideas led to the post-World War II division of music broadcasting into categories, such as the present-day BBC Radios 1 and 3. Bliss was knighted in 1950, and in 1953 he succeeded Arnold Bax as Master of the Queen's Musick, a title he held until his death.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 22 May 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22462
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Arthur Bliss (2 Aug 1891–27 Mar 1975), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22462, citing Mortlake Cemetery, Mortlake, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .