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SIR ARTHUR BLISS  - COMPOSER

Twice autographed 6” x 8” Walter Bird original reverse blind stamped photograph of the British composer and Master of the Queen’s Music, January19, 1965.  He lists his formal title on the verso.

 

Bliss (1891-1975) was born to American parents living in the outskirts of London.  After graduating from Cambridge in Music, he studied at the Royal College of Music with Charles Stanford, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst.  His tenure as a student there was interrupted by World War I, where he served in the British Army with distinction.  His first composition was completed in 1918 and the following year, his “Rout for Soprano and Orchestra” was completed and received a World Premier at the 1922 Salzburg Festspiele.  A huge success, it helped establish him as a modern classical composer on the European stage.  His Father retired to California in 1923 and Bliss came with him hoping to break into film composition.  Charlie Chaplin was not predisposed to his musical style, which brought Bliss back to Great Britain in 1925.  (With an American wife in tow.) He composed his first film score, to the British film “Things to Come” based upon the book by H.G. Wells in 1935.  In 1937, he scored the film, “Conquest from the Air”, as well as several others during his career.  Bliss is best remembered today for his “Color Symphony”, his cantatas, especially “The Beatitudes”, as well as his cello, piano and violin concertos.  He is also remembered for his distinctly British fanfares and military marches written as Master of the Queens’ Music after his appointment in 1953.  Interesting as those compositions are distinctly tonal and British, coming from a man who was influenced early on by Igor Stravinsky and the composers of Les Six and had initially composed in a “French” modernist manner.

 

The photographer Walter Bird, (1903-1969) was considered to be the finest portraitist in Great Britain of his day.  Especially known for his portraits of famous men, his female nudes are also well respected and collected.