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Arthur Bliss, British composer. Decorated knight commander Royal Victorian Order, companion of honor, commander Order Leopold II; created knight, 1950; recipient Gold medal Royal Philharmonic Society, 1963.


Bliss, Arthur was born on August 2, 1891 in London. Son of Francis E. Bliss.


Educated Rugby, Pembroke College, Cambridge, England (honorary) fellow, 1954. Doctor of Music (honorary) universities Edinburgh, 1945, London, 1947, Cambridge, 1964, Bristol, 1954. Doctor of Laws, University Glasgow, 1949.

Doctor of Fine Arts, Westminster Choir College Princeton University. The Doctor of Letters, University Lancaster.


Professor music Royal College and Royal Academy Music. Director music British Broadcasting Corporation, 1942-1944. Master Queen’s Music, since 1953.

Composer; Colour Symphony, 1922, Oboe Quintet, 1927, Viola Sonata, 1933, Checkmate (ballet), 1937, Piano Concerto, 1939, The Olympians (opera), 1948, Lady of Shalott (ballet), 1956, Tobias and the Angel (television opera), 1958, The Beatitudes (cantata), 1961, Mary of Magdala (cantata), 1963, The Golden Cantata, 1964, song cycle Angeles of the Mind, 1968, Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, 1969, music for films including Things to Come, 1935, Beggars’ Opera, 1952, Metamorphic Variations, 1973, and others. Chairman music committee British Council, 1946-1950.


  • Other Work

    • Author: As I Remember (autobiography), 1970.


Married Gertrude Hoffmann, 1925. Children: 2 daus.

Francis E. Bliss. Bliss

Gertrude Hoffmann

2 daus Bliss