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Arthur Bliss

dr, GB
Musician / Composer / Conductor of Classical

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss (2 August 1891 – 27 March 1975) was a British composer. During WW II he became Director of Music at the BBC, and formed ideas which led to the division of music broadcasting into categories, then presented on different stations.

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Popular Tracks   
Royal Fanfare on The Music of Royal Weddings by Various Artists
Adam Zero: Approach of Autumn on Bliss: Colour Symphony / Adam Zero by Arthur Bliss & David Lloyd-Jones
March From Things To Come on Last Night of the Proms by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Wedding Fanfare on The Music of Royal Weddings by Various Artists
Adam Zero: Adam's Fates on Bliss: Colour Symphony / Adam Zero by Arthur Bliss & David Lloyd-Jones
Fanfare For The Lord Mayor Of London on The 20th Century Album by The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Bliss: Royal Fanfare on Best-Loved Hymns from York Minster by York Minster Choir/Philip Moore
Bliss: Cello Concerto: II. Larghetto on Bliss: Cello Concerto & Suite from Miracle in the Gorbals by Arthur Bliss, Paavo Berglund & Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kenilworth: II. Serenade on the lake on Life Divine by Black Dyke Band, Derek Broadbent & Major Peter Parkes
Bliss: Suite from Miracle in the Gorbals: I. Overture on Bliss: Cello Concerto & Suite from Miracle in the Gorbals by Arthur Bliss, Paavo Berglund & Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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Title Artist Year Type
Arthur Bliss Concerto For Violin And Orchestra William Walton Concerto For Violin And OrchestraArthur Bliss, Sir William Walton, The BBC Concert Orchestra, Lorraine McAslan, Martin Yates2017Album
British Cello ConcertosArnold Bax, Arthur Bliss, Ernest John Moeran, Gerald Finzi - Raphael Wallfisch2016Compil.
Pomp And Circumstance Marches / Things To ComeSir Edward Elgar / Arthur Bliss2013Album
Elgar Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2, Pomp and Circumstance MarchesHallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli, André Navarra, The London Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Bliss2012Album
The Monk And The WarriorArthur Bliss, York Bowen, H. Walford Davies, Rupert Marshall Luck, Matthew Rickard2011Album
Christopher Columbus / Seven Waves Away / Men Of Two Worlds / BarazaArthur Bliss, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Adriano2009Album
British Composers: Britten: War Requiem / Bliss: Morning HeroesBenjamin Britten, Arthur Bliss2007Compil.
Britten & BlissBenjamin Britten & Arthur Bliss, Vermeer Quartet, Alex Klein2006Album
British Modern Vol. 1Arthur Bliss • Edmund Rubbra • Malcolm Arnold • John Addison – Sidney Harth, Paul Kling, Peter McHugh, Leon Rapier – The Louisville Orchestra / Jorge Mester & Robert Whitney2005Compil.
A Colour Symphony, Things To Come, Adam Zero, Cello Concerto, Discourse for Orchestra, Christopher Columbus Suite, Concerto for Two PianosArthur Bliss, Sir Charles Groves, Arto Noras, Paavo Berglund, Vernon Handley2005Compil.
Piano Concerto No. 3 - Piano ConcertoLudwig van Beethoven, Arthur Bliss, Solomon2002Compil.
Frederick Thurston 1901-1953 Centenary Tribute (Quintet / 'Caoine' From Sonata Op. 129 / Quintet / Quartet)Arthur Bliss, Charles Villiers Stanford, Frederick Thurston, Myers Foggin, The Griller String Quartet, Gordon Jacob, Alan Rawsthorne, Thea King, Aeolian String Quartet2001Compil.
The Film Music Of Sir Arthur BlissArthur Bliss, Rumon Gamba2001Album
Elgar: Violin Concerto In B Minor, Op.61 • Bliss: Theme And Cadenza; Introduction And AllegroAlfredo Campoli • The London Philharmonic Orchestra • Sir Adrian Boult • The London Symphony Orchestra • Arthur Bliss1997Compil.
English Music For Oboe And StringsArnold Bax, Arthur Bliss, Benjamin Britten, Pamela Pecha, Audubon Quartet1997Album
A Colour Symphony / The Enchantress / Cello ConcertoArthur Bliss / Linda Finnie, Raphael Wallfisch, Ulster Orchestra, Vernon Handley1997Compil.
Cello Concerto / Music For Strings / Two StudiesArthur Bliss - Tim Hugh, English Northern Philharmonia, David Lloyd-Jones1996Album
A Colour Symphony • Adam ZeroArthur Bliss / English Northern Philharmonia, David Lloyd-Jones1996Album
Elgar / Bax / Hadley / Bliss / Holst / IrelandSir Edward Elgar / Arnold Bax / Patrick Hadley / Arthur Bliss / Gustav Holst / John Ireland — BBC Symphony Orchestra, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra - Sir Adrian Boult1995Compil.
Bliss Conducts Bliss: A Colour Symphony, Things To Come Suite, Introduction And AllegroArthur Bliss, The London Symphony Orchestra, Eileen Joyce, Muir Mathieson1995Compil.
The Composer ConductsAlan Rawsthorne, John Addison, Richard Arnell, Arthur Bliss, Malcolm Arnold1993Compil.
Mêlée Fantasque - Serenade For Orchestra And Baritone ...Arthur Bliss1992Album
Investiture Antiphonal Fanfare, Prayer Of St Francis Of Assisi, Morning HeroesArthur Bliss - The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Kibblewhite1992Album
Cello Concerto / Hymn To Apollo / The EnchantressArthur Bliss - Raphael Wallfisch, Linda Finnie, Ulster Orchestra, Vernon Handley1991Album
A Colour Symphony / Metamorphic VariationsArthur Bliss, The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales, Barry Wordsworth1991Album
Viola Sonata / Masks / Triptych / Two Interludes / ToccataArthur Bliss, Emanuel Vardi, Kathron Sturrock1991Album
Piano WorksArthur Bliss, Philip Fowke1991Album
Choral WorksArthur Bliss1991Album
Pastoral / Music For StringsArthur Bliss – Della Jones, The Northern Sinfonia Chorus, Northern Sinfonia, Richard Hickox1991Album
Three English Ballet SuitesSir William Walton, Constant Lambert, Arthur Bliss1990Album
Music For Oboe & StringsArnold Bax, Arthur Bliss & Benjamin Britten - Pamela Woods, Audubon Quartet1989Album
A Colour Symphony EtcArthur Bliss, Sir Charles Groves, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley, Paavo Berglund1988Album
Checkmate - Adam Zero - Meditations On A Theme By John BlowArthur Bliss1987Compil.
A Colour Symphony / Checkmate SuiteArthur Bliss - Ulster Orchestra, Vernon Handley1987Album
Choral Dances From 'Gloriana' / Pastoral 'Lie Strewn The White Flocks' / Choral Hymns From The Rig VedaBenjamin Britten / Arthur Bliss / Gustav Holst - The Holst Singers, The Holst Orchestra, Hilary Davan Wetton1985Album
Bliss String QuartetsArthur Bliss, The Delmé String Quartet1985Album
Rout • Madam Noy • The Women Of Yueh • Conversations • Rhapsody • Oboe QuintetArthur Bliss - The Nash Ensemble, Elizabeth Gale, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Lionel Friend1984Album
Checkmate / Adam Zero (Suites From The Ballets)Arthur Bliss, Vernon Handley, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra1983Album
Clarinet Sonata / Clarinet Quintet / 6 Studies In English FolksongArnold Bax / Arthur Bliss / Ralph Vaughan Williams - Janet Hilton, The Lindsays, Keith Swallow1983Album
Pastoral; A Knot Of RiddlesArthur Bliss, Wyn Morris, The London Chamber Orchestra1982Album
Two English Oboe QuintetsArnold Bax / Arthur Bliss - Bert Lucarelli, The Manhattan String Quartet1981Album
Piano Concerto / March Of Homage / Welcome The QueenArthur Bliss - Philip Fowke, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, David Atherton1981Album
Symphony No.5 / Five Dances From 'Checkmate'Edmund Rubbra / Arthur Bliss - Melbourne Symphony Orchestra / West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Hans-Hubert Schönzeler1980Album
Meditations On A Theme Of John Blow - Overture 'Edinbugh' - Discourse For OrchestraArthur Bliss, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Vernon Handley1980Album
English Music For Viola And PianoRalph Vaughan Williams / Arthur Bliss - Emanuel Vardi, Frank Weinstock1979Album
Checkmate / Adam Zero (Suites From The Ballets)Arthur Bliss, Vernon Handley, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra1979Album
Enigma Variations Pomp And Circumstance MarchesSir Edward Elgar / The London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux, Arthur Bliss1979Album
Concertos For Phyllis & CyrilCyril Smith, Phyllis Sellick, Malcolm Arnold, Arthur Bliss, Gordon Jacob, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra1978Album
A Colour Symphony / Things To Come (Music From The Film)Arthur Bliss / The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Charles Groves1977Album
Music For Royal OccasionsThe King's College Choir Of Cambridge, Benjamin Britten, David Willcocks, Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, St. John's College Choir, Arthur Bliss, George Guest1977Compil.
Cello Concerto / Miracle In The Gorbals (Suite From The Ballet)Arthur Bliss, Arto Noras, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Berglund1977Album
Violin Concerto / Introduction & Allegro / Theme & CadenzaArthur Bliss, Alfredo Campoli • The London Philharmonic Orchestra1976Album
Concerto For Solo Piano And Nine Players Plus Piano Pieces By Bliss, E Goossens, Lambert, WaltonRichard Rodney Bennett - Constant Lambert / Arthur Bliss / Sir Eugene Goossens / Sir William Walton1976Album
Morning HeroesArthur Bliss / Sir Charles Groves, John Westbrook, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir1975Album
Music For Strings (1935) / Concerto For String Orchestra (1938)Arthur Bliss, Herbert Howells, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult1974Album
BLISS: Sonata for Piano / LAMBERT: Elegiac BluesArthur Bliss, Constant Lambert, Rhondda Gillespie1974Album
Checkmate / Matinées Musicales / Soirées Musicales / HoroscopeArthur Bliss / Benjamin Britten / Constant Lambert1973Album
Festival Of English Music Vol. 4Sir Edward Elgar, Arnold Bax, Sir William Walton, Arthur Bliss1972Compil.
Introduction And Allegro / Overture To A Comedy / Elegy From 'A Downland Suite' / Overture-Panache / Cuban Suite / 'Interlude' And 'Epilogue' From 'The Shires Suite'Arthur Bliss, Sir Michael Tippett, André Previn, Eric Pinkett Conduct Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra1971Album
An 80th Birthday Presentation For Sir Arthur BlissArthur Bliss, The London Symphony Orchestra, Brian Priestman, Philip Ledger1971Album
Japanese Suite / Mêlée Fantasque / Mont Juic (Suite Of Catalan Dances) / Music For ChildrenGustav Holst / Arthur Bliss / Lennox Berkeley / Benjamin Britten / Sir William Walton1971Album
Falstaff / A Colour SymphonySir Edward Elgar / Arthur Bliss ; The London Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Collins1971Album
Lyrita LollipopsArthur Benjamin, Frederick Delius, Sir William Walton, Arthur Bliss1971Album
Music For Strings / Miracle In The GorbalsArthur Bliss / Philharmonia Orchestra1970Album
The Rio Grande. Etc.Constant Lambert, Gladys Ripley, Kyla Greenbaum, Philharmonia Orchestra, Arthur Bliss, Gavin Gordon, Robert Irving, Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden1967Compil.
Meditations On A Theme By John Blow / Music For StringsArthur Bliss, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Hugo Rignold1966Album
A Colour Symphony / Introduction And AllegroArthur Bliss ; The London Symphony Orchestra1964Album
Bax/Bliss Viola SonatasArnold Bax, Arthur Bliss, Herbert Downes, Leonard Cassini1964Album
Quintet For Clarinet And Strings / Quintet For Oboe And StringsArthur Bliss, Melos Ensemble Of London1963Album
Piano ConcertoArthur Bliss / Trevor Barnard / Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir Malcolm Sargent1962Album
Piano Sonata in 3 MovementsArthur Bliss1960Album
Pomp And Circumstance (Marches Nos. 1 And 4)Sir Edward Elgar, Arthur Bliss, The London Symphony Orchestra1959Single
Suite From "Things To Come"Arthur Bliss Conducting The London Symphony Orchestra1959Single
Pomp And Circumstance, Things To Come, Welcome To The QueenSir Edward Elgar, Arthur Bliss, The London Symphony Orchestra1958Album
Коккейн (В Городе Лондоне) / Сюита Из Балета «Шахматы»Sir Edward Elgar / Arthur Bliss - Russian State Symphony Orchestra1956Album
Miracle In The Gorbals Ballet Suite, Giselle Ballet MusicArthur Bliss, Adolphe C. Adam, Constant Lambert, Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden1950Album
Checkmate Ballet Suite / Water Music Suite / Set Of Act-Tunes And DancesArthur Bliss Conducts The Sinfonia Of LondonAlbum
Meditations on A Theme By John Blow; Music For StringsArthur BlissAlbum
Dedicated To The People Of The United States Of AmericaArthur BlissAlbum
Соната Ля МинорArthur Bliss / Игорь АптекаревAlbum
Organ Sonata No. 1 in G and organ music by Bliss, Britten, Vaughan Williams, Malcolm WilliamsonSir Edward Elgar, Arthur Bliss, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten, Malcolm WilliamsonAlbum
A Tribute To SolomonSolomon, Ludwig van Beethoven, Arthur Bliss, Johannes Brahms, Frédéric Chopin, Franz LisztCompil.
Les Patineurs Ballet ("The Skaters") / CheckmateGiacomo Meyerbeer / Arthur BlissAlbum
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