SIR ARTHUR BLISS - AUTOGRAPH 06/10/1959 - HFSID 101444
SIR ARTHUR BLISS Card signed by the composer on the 10th of June, 1959 Signature: "Arthur Bliss/Royal Festival Hall/June 10th 1959" in blue ink. Pencil notations in bottom left corner and on verso, both in unknown hand. 5x2¾ card with 2x2¼ b/w newsprint photo affixed.
Sale Price $162.00
SIR ARTHUR BLISS
Card signed by the composer on the 10th of June, 1959
Signature: "Arthur Bliss/Royal Festival Hall/June 10th 1959" in blue ink. Pencil notations in bottom left corner and on verso, both in unknown hand. 5x2¾ card with 2x2¼ b/w newsprint photo affixed. British composer Bliss (1891-1975), born Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, was one of Great Britain's leading composers of the early 20th Century. A fairly conservative composer early in his career, Bliss became an outspoken proponent of modernist and Avant Garde music after serving in World War I. Standout works from this period include Rhapsody (1919), a chamber piece in which a solo voice plays an instrumental role, and The Colour Symphony (1922), with four movements that each represent a color. But he became relatively more conservative in his later years and was the first major British composer to adopt neoclassicism, with pieces like the World War I memorial piece Morning Heroes (1930), as well as ballets like Checkmate (1937), Miracle in the Gobals (1944) and Adam Zero (1946) and an opera, The Olympians (1949). He also was director of music at the BBC (1942-1944) and composed music for movies and TV, including Things to Come (1936), I, Claudius (1937) The Beggar's Opera (1953), and the BBC series An Age of Kings (1960). Bliss knighted in 1950 and, in 1953, was made the Master of the Queen's Music until his death. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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