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Arthur Bliss Archive

Amendments to works written between 1940 and 1953 (B.78-B. 101)

B. 78

Seven American poems

Corrected copy at MRS.30.114 (corrections not incorporated into the 1977 reprint are in italics)
p. 3 system 4 bar 3. voice: add hairpin cresc. and dim. over semibreve.
p. 4 system 1 bar 1: delete “moderato” add “agitato”
p. 5 system 2 bar 3. piano R.H.: add “8va” over last two semidemiquavers to the end of the next bar
p. 12 system1 bar 1: delete “Andante” add “Allegretto”
p. 15 system 3 bar 4: add “a tempo”
p. 15 system 4 bar 3-4. voice: replace rest in last bar with dotted mimin B, and add tie from previous bar.

B. 80

String quartet no. 1

Corrected miniature score at MRS.30.121 (none incorporated into reprint of parts, but those in italics are incorporated into the reprint (196-) of the miniature score)
Fig 2 bar 3: vl1. After “pp” add “ma marcato” there are pencil accents on each minim beat.
Fig 3 bar 8 first crotchet: vl1. delete lower “F” of the two octave notes.
Fig 3 bar 8 first crotchet: vl2. Add Gb octave below printed Gb
Fig 3 bar 8 first crotchet: vla. Add F octave above printed F
Fig 3 bar 9 first crotchet: vl1. Delete lower Gb of the two octave notes
Fig 3 bar 9 first crotchet: vl2. Add F octave below printed F
Fig 3 bar 9 first crotchet: vla. Add Gb octave above printed Gb
Fig 3 bar 10 first crotchet: vl1. delete lower “F” of the two octave notes.
Fig 3 bar 10 first crotchet: vl2. Add Gb octave below printed Gb
Fig 3 bar 10 first crotchet: vla. Add F octave above printed F
Fig 21 bar 9, vl1. “Check part, score correct” : part wrongly prints last note as Bb instead of A  
Fig 25 bar 8, 3rd minim beat. Add “ten.” To all parts.
Fig 25 bar 8, 3rd minim beat. “ten.” Added over crotchet in vl1 & vl2.
Movement II bar 8: vl1. “Check part. No slur in part”
Fig 31 bar 6, vl1: “Check part same as score”: part wrongly prints first note as E# instead of F#  
Fig 32 bar 1, vl1: “Check part mistake .. ¾ in part not 3/8”: part wrongly prints time signature as ¾ and the notes as crotchets instead of 3/8 and quavers  
Fig 33 bar 5, vlc: “Check part. 3 crotchets in part with 3/8/ time sig.”: part wrongly prints crotchets instead of quavers  
Fig 44 bar 8. Add “(quasi accel.)”
Fig. 44 bar 10. Delete “senza rall.”
Fig. 77 bar 8. After “accel.” Add “molto …”
Fig 78 bar 3-4. Add “… al <minim>=126” Reprint adds “… al <minim>=120”

B. 87

Miracle in the Gorbals

Piano score (published before the Concert suite) (MRS.30.124) corrected by the composer (corrections in italics incorporated into full score of Concert suite):
p. 2. Fig 5 bar 3. R.H. top note should be “C not Ab”
p. 3. II. The street bar 1. Change “<dotted minim>=66” to “=72”
p. 5. Fig 13 bar 7. Add “Poco rit.”
p. 6. Fig 16 bar 12. Add “accel …”
p. 6. Fig 17 bar 1. Add (after Tempo I) “<dotted minim>=72”
p. 8. III. The girl suicide bar 1. change “<minim>=circa 72” to “<crotchet>=circa 72”
p. 9. Fig 25 bar 4. Add over last three quavers <square bracket> over “tenuto”.
p. 9. Fig 26 bar 6. Add hairpin crescendo
p. 9. Fig 26 bar 7. Add hairpin diminuendo
p. 15. VI. The official bar 1. Change “<minim>=84” to “=92”
p. 19. Fig 57 bar 7. Add “molto” before “rall.”
p. 20. VIII. The suicide’s body is brought in bar 1. Change “<crotchet>=69” to “=76”
p. 22. Fig 65 bar 1. Add “Piu mosso <crotchet>=84”
p. 24. Fig 67 bar 1. Change “<crotchet>=<crotchet> ma un poco meno = 72” to “Meno mosso <crotchet>=69”
p. 25. X. Dance of deliverance bar 1. Change “<crotchet>=96” to ““<dotted crotchet =100”
p. 25. Fig 70 bar 1. Change <crotchet>=104-108” to “<dotted crotchet>=116”
p. 26. Fig 72 bar 1. Change <crotchet>=108-112” to “<dotted crotchet>=120”
p. 30. Fig 81 bar 1. Change “<minim>=84” to “=92”
p. 38. Fig 103 bar 1.  Change “<crotchet>=126” to “=138”
p. 42. Fig 115 bar 1.  Change “<crotchet>=72” to “=80”
p. 42. Fig 116 bar 1.  Change “<crotchet>=72” to “=80”
p. 44. XV. Finale bar 1.  Change “<crotchet>=108” to “=112” [later crossed out and replaced by] “=120”

Full score of Concert suite (MR310.a.90.30) corrected by the composer
I. The street bar 1. Change “<dotted minim>=66” to “=72”
Fig 16 bar 12. Add “accel …”
Fig 25 bar 4. fl1 & vl1. Add over last three quavers <square bracket> over “tenuto”.
Fig 26 bar 6. ob1, vl1, db. Add hairpin crescendo
Fig 26 bar 7. ob1, vl1, db. Add hairpin diminuendo
Fig 65 bar 1. Add “Piu mosso <crotchet>=84”
Fig 73 bar 7. ob & ob. Change third quaver “G” to “F[#]” (c.f. harp part)
Fig 78 bar 4. Add “Poco rall.”
Fig. 78 bar 6. Add “Meno”

The miniature score reprint of 1957 is identical with the full score of 1948.

B. 88

March The Phoenix

Full score (MR310.a.90.29) marked up for performance, and corrected by AB:
Bar 1, 2, 3, 4. vla, vlc: 3 bowing slurs: under first three notes, next two, and final two (in all four bars)
Fig 8 bar 2-3. vlc & db: 2 bowing slurs: under first two notes, and from the last crotchet to the end of the first crotchet beat of the following bar.
Fig 8 bar 8. vlc & db: bowing slur under first two notes only.
Fig 9 bar 6. trumpets 2 & 3: phrasing slur over first two notes.
Fig 9 bar 7. trumpets 2 & 3: phrasing slur over notes 5-6 (third beat).
Fig 9 bar 8. trumpets 2 & 3: phrasing slur over first two notes.
Fig 10 bar 5. All string parts. Bowing slur over first two notes, with tenuto mark over second note (quaver).
Fig 19 bar 2. vlc & db: bowing slur under first two notes only.
Fig 19 bar 6. vlc & db: bowing slur under first two notes only.
Fig 20 bar 1. vlc & db: bowing slur under first two notes only.
Fig 20 bar 2. hn3: first note amended to (written) B not C#, with tie from previous bar.
Fig 20 bar 2. trombone 1: semibreve (written) G not F#, with tie to next bar.
Fig 20 bar 3. vlc: bowing slur over first two notes.
Fig 20 bar 5. db: bowing slur over first two notes.
Fig 20 bar 6. vl1: bowing slur over first two notes.
Fig 20 bar 8. vl1: bowing slur over first two notes.
Fig 24 bar 4. vl1 & vla: bowing slur over first two notes.

B. 91.2

Theme and cadenza (long version)

Piano acc.  (MRS.30.129) corrected by AB
p. 6. Fig 5 bar 4. L.H. Delete chord; Add octave F# semibreve below stave (i.e. change grace note quver to semibreve)
p. 6. Fig. 5 bar 5. L.H. Delete grace note; move chord down an octave and change to minim followed by rests. R.H. Change chord to Eb + Bnatural above middle C; change to minim followed by rests.
p. 11. Fig 14. Cut from Fig. 14 to Fig. 15 end of bar 2.

B. 92

Adam Zero

Piano score (MRS.30.131) corrected by AB
p. 6. II. The stage: bar 1. Change “<crotchet>=72” to “80”
p. 13. V. Dance of Spring: bar 1. Change “<crotchet>=72” to “80”
p. 15. Fig 27 bar 3. R.H. last quaver chord: notes should be: “ACE#F” (not #GBD#F)
p. 17. Fig 31 bar 7. R.H. third chord (semiquaver): notes should be “A[natural]#C#F” (not #A#C#F)
p. 17. Fig 31 bar 7. L.H. second note: remove natural sign before “A”
p. 17. Fig 31 bar 8. R.H. first chord (semiquaver): remove natural before “A” (not necessary)
p. 33. X. Dance of Summer: bar 1. Change “<dotted minim>=54” to “63”
p. 39. Fig 80 bar 9: add “//” before bar 10.
p. 40. Fig 81 bar 85: R.H. first chord: remove natural sign from top note (B) (should be Bb)
p. 40. Move rehearsal Fig 82 one bar to right.
p. 41. Fig 83 bar 2. L.H. Add accent to second crotchet octaves (#D)
p. 41. Fig 84 bar 3: Add “pocchissimo piu mosso (moving a little) in 2”
p. 42. Fig 87 bar 2: Add “Rall …”
p. 42. Fig 87 bar 3: Add “Tempo I”
p. 46. Fig 93 bar 1. R.H. first chord (semiquaver): add natural before “A” (cancelling sharp in previous bar)
p. 47. Fig 94 bar 6. R.H. last chord: add flat to C in chord “bAbCnDF”
p. 47. Fig 94 bar 7. R.H. first chord: add natural to C in chord “GbBCbE” (cancelling flat in previous bar)
p. 50. Fig 99 bar 5. L.H. third note: add natural to C (cancelling sharp in previous bar)
p. 51. Fig. 100 bar 6. R.H. first chord: change naturalG to #G (same chord as in previous bar)
p. 58. Fig. 117 bar 5. R.H. second chord (crotchet): lower “# to F not D” (i.e. D#FA#C)
p. 59. XIV. Approach of Winter: bar 1. Change “<quaver>=92” to “=96”
p. 59. XIV. Approach of Winter: bar 5. R.H.: fifth quaver top note. Add natural to “F” (cancelling # in previous bar)
p. 60. Fig 121 bar 2. R.H.: fifth quaver top note. Add natural to “C” (cancelling sharp in previous bar)
p. 63. XV. Dance with Death: bar 1. Change “Largo” to Larghetto”
p. 64. Fig 130 bar 1. R.H. third note of melody: “Eb not Db”
p. 64. Fig 130 bar 2. R.H. third note of melody: remove natural before “D” (not necessary)
p. 66. Fig 135 bar 8. L.H. bottom notes of first two chords: “A’s not G’s” (as in previous bar).
p. 69. Fig 141 bar 1. Change “<minim>=72” to “=80”

Copy at MRS.30.132 has one additional correction (holograph)
p. 53. Fig 106 bar 2. R.H. last three semiquaver chords: Add natural to “A” (#FnAnF)

B. 96

Second string quartet

Copy at MRS.30.139, the older of two corrected scores, AB’s corrections mostly in red ink; with additional corrections in the hand of Desmond Ratcliffe in blue ball point.
p. 9. Fig 19 bar 4. At end of bar “no break”
p. 9. Fig 19 bar 5. Add time signature ¾. [correct in parts]
p. 11. Fig 23 bar 1. vla. Add “b”<flat> after “tr”  [added in part]
p. 12. Fig 25 bar 3. vla. Add “#” after “tr” [added in part]
p. 12. Fig 25 bar 8. vlc. Second note should be dotted crotchet “C” not “B”  [correct in part]
p. 13. Fig 27 bar 5. vlc. Tenor clef circled and marginal note (?not AB) “out of range”
p. 16. Fig. 33 bar 3. vla. Add minim “D” crotchet “C” above minim A crotchet F with accent on minim and slur. [added in part]
p. 16. Fig. 33 bar 3-4. vl1. bar rests in place of music. [added in part]
p. 17. Fig 34 bar 4. vl1. delete slur over first two notes [D.R’s hand]  [slur not inpart]
p. 33. Fig 66 bar 7. vl1. Add dot over third note “G”. [D.R’s hand]  [dot in part]
p. 35. Fig 71 bar 7-8. vl1. Delete all music; add two bars rest. “bad turn in vl I part”. [2 bars rest in part]
p. 35. Fig 71 bar 7-8. vl2. Add AADD above DDbBB [i.e. vl1 part] [amended in part]
p. 35. Fig 72 bar 1. vla & vlc. Add dots after crotchet rests [D.R’s hand] [correct in parts]
p. 36. Fig 74 bar 1. vl2. 6th note: add natural before “G”.  [corrected in part]
p. 37. Fig 77 bar 3. vl2. Add dots over last three quavers. [D.R’s. hand] [correct in part]
p. 39. Fig 79 bar 3. vlc. Second quaver: extend tail to join bar.
p. 44. Fig 90 bar 3. vl1. Add flat to “A” (cancelling natural in previous bar) [correct in part]
p. 46. Fig 94 bar 3. vla. Remove dot over third note “#C” [D.R’s hand] [not in part]
p. 47. Fig 94 bar 9. vlc. Add accent to fourth note <dotted quaver> “A”. [correct inpart]
p. 49. Fig 100 bar 2. vl2. Add “mf” below “#A” [correct in part]
p. 51. Fig 103 bar 6. “bad turn in vlc part”: vl2: change second note to an octave lower ; vla: change to low C + G; vlc: change to 1 bar rest. [amended in parts]
p. 55. Fig 110 bar 1. vlc. Add “talon” [D.R’s hand] [correct in part]
p. 56. Fig. 112 bar 4. vl2. Change crotchet Bb to minim Bb. [D.R’s hand] [correct in part]
p. 57. Fig, 112 bar 6. vl1 music to be transferred to vl2; add “arco” over first note (chord) : “bad turn for Vl I in part” [amended in parts]
p. 57. Fig 113 bar 4. vlc. Add crotchet rest on first beat [D.R’s hand] [correct in part]
p. 57. Fig 113 bar 6. vl2. Fourth note: remove # from semiquaver “C” [D.R’s hand] (already # from first note in bar) [not in part]
p. 60. Fig 118 bar 3-Fig 119 bar 3. vl1 & vl2. “New bowing for Vl I & II” : remove long slurs over vl1 and vl2 in the following 9 bars; add short slur over the first two triplet quavers in each phrase  [These amendments do not appear in the parts]
p. 62. Fig 120 bar 4. vla. Delete “arco” (vla already playing arco) [D.R’s hand]
p. 62. Fig. 120 bar 5. vl1 & vl2. Transfer vl1 part to vl2; vl1: add two minim rests and minim “#C” [D.R’s hand] [amended in parts]
p. 66. Fig 126 bar 4. vl2. Add slur over first four notes (first beat) [D.R’s hand] [correct in part]
Copy at MRS.30.140, marked “Correct 6/2/68. A.B.
p. 11. Fig 23 bar 1. vla. Add “b”<flat> after “tr”
p. 12. Fig 25 bar 3. vla. Add “#” after “tr”
p. 12. Fig 25 bar 8. vlc. Second note should be dotted crotchet “C” not “B”
p. 16. Fig. 33 bar 3-4. vl1. bar rests in place of music. “for parts” only: impossible turn for vl I”
p. 16. Fig. 33 bar 3. vla. Add minim “D” crotchet “C” above minim A crotchet F with accent on minim and slur.
p. 35. Fig 71 bar 7-8. vl1. Delete all music; add two bars rest. “impossible turn for Vl I”.
p. 35. Fig 71 bar 7-8. vl2. First two crotchets: add AA above DD [i.e. vl1 part]
p. 35. Fig 72 bar 1. vla & vlc. Add dots after crotchet rests.
p. 36. Fig 74 bar 1. vl2. 6th note: add natural before “G”.
p. 44. Fig 90 bar 3. vl1. Add flat to “A” (cancelling natural in previous bar)
p. 46. Fig 94 bar 3. vla. Remove dot over third note “#C” [D.R’s hand]
p. 47. Fig 94 bar 9. vlc. Add accent to fourth note <dotted quaver> “A”.
p. 49. Fig 100 bar 2. vl2. Add “mf” below “#A”
p. 51. Fig 103 bar 6. “impossible turn for Vlc. Parts only”: vl2: change second note to crotchet tied to quaver an octave lower ; vla: change to low C + G; vlc: change to 1 bar rest.
p. 57. Fig, 112 bar 6. “impossible turn for Vl I”: vl1 music to be transferred to vl2; vl1 1 bar rest.
p. 60. Fig 118 bar 3-Fig 119 bar 3. vl1 & vl2. “N.B> New bowing for Vl I & II. All notes detached except where marked” : remove long slurs over vl1 and vl2 in the following 9 bars; add short slur over the first two triplet quavers in each phrase.
p. 66. Fig 126 bar 4. vl2. Add slur over first four notes (first beat) [D.R’s hand]

Copy at MRS.30.141 has movements 2-3 marked up for the version for string orchestra (i.e. Two contrasts). There are also performance comments.
“[ ] show the passages for D.B.”
p. 24. Fig 53 bar 5. [db] “pizz”
p. 28. movement III bar 1. Change “<crotchet>=184” to “=168”
p. 28. Movement III bar 7. db. Add high “F” pizz. [?]

B. 97

Enchantress

Copy at MRS.30.144 corrected by the composer:
p. 6. Fig. 8 bar 9. R.H.: chord should have “Eb not Db” (i.e. GbE#FG) [corrected in reprint]
p. 16. Fig 25 bar 5. Add “poco rall.” [corrected in reprint]
p. 16. Fig 25 bar 6. Add “a tempo tranquillo”
p. 18. Fig 29 bar 1. Voice: add pause to first note (crotchet #F) [corrected in reprint]
p. 18. Fig 29 bar 1. Piano: add pause over quaver rest [corrected in reprint]
p. 18. Fig 29 bar 1-2. Voice: “extended tenuto sign” to the end of bar 2.
p. 19. Fig 31 bar 2. Voice. Delete hairpin diminuendo; extend tie to next bar (over page) [corrected in reprint]
p. 20. Fig 31 bar 3. Voice: Add dotted minim E. with tie from previous page and hairpin diminuendo to end of bar [corrected in reprint]
P. 20. Fig 31 bar 8. Delete pause [NOT corrected in reprint]
p. 20. Fig 31 bar 2. Delete pause [corrected in reprint]
p. 20. Fig 31 bar 6. Delete pause [corrected in reprint]
p. 23. Fig 38 bar 5. Add “(in 3)” [corrected in reprint]
p. 26. Fig 43 bar 6. L.H. Add “b” <flat> before octave “D” [corrected in reprint]

Another copy at MRS.30.145 corrected by the composer:
p. 6. Fig. 8 bar 9. R.H.: chord should have “Eb not Db” (i.e. GbE#FG)
p. 16. Fig 25 bar 5. Add “poco rit.”
p. 18. Fig 29 bar 1. Voice: add pause to first note (crotchet #F)
p. 18. Fig 29 bar 1. Piano: add pause over quaver rest
p. 19. Fig 31 bar 2. Voice. Delete hairpin diminuendo; extend tie to next bar (over page).
p. 20. Fig 31 bar 3. Voice: Add dotted minim E. with tie from previous page.
P. 20. Fig 31 bar 8. Delete pause.
p. 20. Fig 31 bar 2. Delete pause.
p. 20. Fig 31 bar 6. Delete pause
p. 23. Fig 38 bar 5. Add “(in 3)”
p. 26. Fig 43 bar 6. L.H. Add “b” <flat> before octave “D”

B. 90

Sonata for pianoforte

MRS.30.147 (first printing at 7s. 6d) corrected by the composer: the following are in red ink and were corrected in the “9s. 6d.” printing
p. 6 bar 9. L.H. second note should be “D<natural> not C<natural>”
p. 9 bar 2. L.H. last chord. “delete <natural> to C” (i.e. should be sharp)
p. 13 bar 15. R.H. “Add grace note C” before last chord.
p. 27 bar 3-4. R.H. “extend 8va line” to end of bar 4.
p. 29 bar 11. Add “p”
p. 34 bar 1. R.H. Add “<accent> over last note”

 

MRS.30.149 corrected by AB in 1971 & DR in 1976 and included in the corrected reprint of 1976
p. 1 bar 1. Delete “56-”from metronome mark.
p. 4 bar 11. R.H. first chord up an octave.
p. 4 bar 11-12. Delete hairpin diminuendo; Add hairpin crescendo.
p. 6 bar 8. R.H. Add natural before semiquaver “C” (cancelling sharp in previous bar)
p. 9 bar 2. R.H. beat 3. Add “<natural> to A” after semiquaver rest (cancelling sharp in previous beat)
p. 17 bar 1. Delete “56-” from metronome mark.
p. 17 bar 7. L.H. Add dot to D minim [D.R. amendment –but why?]
p. 18 bar 6. Add “moving a little”
p. 20 bar 8. Delete “andante” Add “Piu animato”
p. 20 bar 9. R.H. Add “<natural> to A” (second semiquaver) (cancelling sharp in previous bar)
p. 22 bar 8. L.H. Add “(#) to A” before the penultimate “A”.
p. 23 bar 1. Change “<crotchet>=112” to “=108”
p. 23 bars 1-4. Replace with music on slip (holograph fragment)
p. 24 bar 10. R.H. “prolong slur” back to penultimate semiquaver.
p. 26 bar 12. Add “senza rall.”
p. 29 bar 11. Add “deliberament <crotchet>=72”
p. 29 bar 12. Add “<crotchet>=84”
p. 30 bar 6. After “in tempo” add “(come sopra)”
p. 31 bar 1. After “in tempo” add “(come sopra)”
p. 31 bar 9. After “in tempo” add “(come sopra)”

B. 101

Processional

Copy at MRS.30.151, marked up for performance and corrected by the composer:
p. 1 “Metronome marks too slow for concert performance”
p. 1 bar 1. Change “<crotchet>=80” to “=88”
p. 9, Fig 7 bar 1. Delete  “<crotchet>=88” [but see 152 below]
p. 11. Fig 8. Delete  “<crotchet>=84”
p. 18. Fig 14. Delete  “<crotchet>=84”
p. 11. Fig 8. Delete  “<crotchet>=84”
p. 22. Fig 18 bar 4. Delete “<crotchet>=80”
p. 22. Fig 18 bar 4. Organ. Add “Misterioso”
p. 24. Fig 19 bar 1. Change “<crotchet>=80” to “=88”
p. 25. Fig 20 bar 1. Change “<crotchet>=80” to “=88”

Copy at MRS.30.152, corrected by the composer (amendments in italics are incorporated into the variously into two different special order editions at MRS.30.153 & 154):
p. 1 bar 1. Change “<crotchet>=80” to “=circa 88” [amended in ms. To “=88” in 153]
p. 9, Fig 7 bar 1. Change  “<crotchet>=88” to “=92” [amended in ms. To “=92” in 153]
p. 11. Fig 8. Delete  “<crotchet>=84” [in 154 only]
p. 18. Fig 14. Change “<crotchet>=84” to “=88” [in 153 only]
p. 22. Fig 18 bar 4. Delete “<crotchet>=80”
p. 22. Fig 18 bar 4. Organ. Add “Misterioso” [in 153 only]
p. 24. Fig 19 bar 1. Change “<crotchet>=80” to “=88” [in 153 only]
p. 25. Fig 20 bar 1. Change “<crotchet>=80” to “=88” [in 153 only]
p. 25. Fig 20 bar 1. Change “<crotchet>=80” to “=88” [in 153 only]
p. 25. Fig 20. Brass. [tidy up “pp” indication] [both 153 & 154]