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Arthur Bliss

English composer and conductor

Died when: 83 years 206 days (1002 months)
Star Sign: Virgo

 

Arthur Bliss

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss (2 August 1891 – 27 March 1975) was an English composer and conductor.Bliss's musical training was cut short by the First World War, in which he served in the army with distinction.

In the post-war years, he quickly became known as an unconventional and modernist composer, but within a decade his music began to display a more traditional and romantic side.

In the 1920s and 1930s, he composed extensively for the concert hall, films and ballet.In the Second World War, Bliss returned to England from the US to work for the BBC and became its director of music.

After the war, he resumed working as a composer, and was appointed Master of the Queen's Music.In Bliss's later years, his work was respected but thought old-fashioned, and he was eclipsed by younger composers such as William Walton and Benjamin Britten.

Since his death, his compositions have been well represented in recordings and many of his better-known works remain in the repertoire of British orchestras.


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