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Arthur Bliss Archive

Letters - part 2

Letters to and from Arthur Bliss written between 1930 and the end of 1939

The letters are arranged in chronological order. Many of the letters do not include the year of writing, which has been supplied editorially, based on the evidence of the content of the letter, and the address from or to which the letter has been sent. The date as found on the letter is enclosed in brackets.

The conventions A.L.S. and T.L.S. indicate Autograph or Typed Letter Signed. The addressee is spelt out in full before the form found at the beginning of the letter, which is enclosed in brackets. The quotation from the letter is either the first or a more interesting section. The signature at the end of the letter is given after a slash. Futher notes on the content are added, with editorial amplifications in square brackets.

The letters are kept order of the correspondent, i.e. the person to whom Bliss bliss wrote or from whom he received a letter.

 

Writer Date Description and content Addresses/Provenance
Bliss, Arthur. [193-] (Tuesday) A.L.S. to Watson Lyle ("Watson Lyle") : "I should very much like to talk things over with you and would be very pleased if you would lunch here with us at one o'clock" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: East Heath Lodge, One East Heath Road, Hampstead NW3.
Provenance: Bought from May & May 1988/11/11.
Bliss, Arthur. [1930]/01/19 (Jan. 19th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Ethel Eichheim ("Ethel") : "It was good to get your letter announcing your arrival in Paris and some of your future plans" / signed "Arthur". Address from: East Heath Lodge, One East Heath Road, Hampstead NW3.
Bliss music as mentioned: "a large orchestral and choral work for the Norwich Festival [Morning heroes] - Serenade - Introduction and Allegro - Pastoral [‘Lie strewn the white flocks’]".
Names as mentioned: "Henry [Eichheim] - Edward Clark - Henry Wood".
Institutions as mentioned: "B.B.C."
Provenance: Santa Barbara Museum of Art (1976) via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. [1930]/03/22 (March 22nd) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Ethel Eichheim ("Ethel") : "I was just sick I could not get across to Paris to hear 'Java'" / signed "Arthur". Address from: East Heath Lodge, One East Heath Road, Hampstead NW3.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Serenade - Introduction and Allegro". 
Other music as mentioned: "Java" [by Henry Eichheim].
Names as mentioned: "conducted by [Sir Thomas] Beecham".
Provenance: Santa Barbara Museum of Art (1976) via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. [1930?/04?] (Friday) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Henry Eichheim ("Henry") : "I was awfully disappointed not to see you again last Thursday - As a matter of fact I had rather a painful scene at the dentist" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: East Heath Lodge, 1, East Heath Road, Hampstead NW3.
Names as mentioned: "Ethel-John [Lindgren-Utsi]". Provenance: Santa Barbara Museum of Art (1976) via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Royal Military School of Music. 1930/07/25 [date of reception] Invitation to garden party to Arthur & Gertrude Bliss ("Mr & Mrs Arthur Bliss"). Address from: Kneller Hall Twickenham.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. [1930]/10/04 (Oct 4th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Susan Owen ("Mrs Owen") : "I have written a symphony in memory of my brother who was killed in the war" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: East Heath Lodge 1 East Heath Road Hampstead NW3.
Bliss music as mentioned: "a symphony [Morning heroes]”, “Spring Offensive" [words by Wilfred Owen]
Names as mentioned: "my brother [Kennard Bliss] - Robert Nichols".
Places as mentioned: "Norwich".
Provenance: English Faculty Library Oxford.
Owen, Susan. 1930/10/15 (Oct 15th 30) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Mr Bliss") : "How very kind to send us Morning Heroes - we are more than pleased to have it" / signed "Susan Owen". Address from: Wilmot, Emmer Green, Reading, Berkshire.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Morning Heroes", "Spring Offensive" [words by Wilfred Owen]
Names as mentioned: "Robert Nichols - your brother [Kennard Bliss]".
Places as mentioned: "Norwich".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1985/11/20.
Bliss, Arthur. [1930]/11/10 (Nov. 10th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Samuel Kutcher ("Kutcher") : "I should like to come to a preliminary rehearsal of the oboe quintet" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: East Heath Lodge 1 East Heath Road Hampstead NW3.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Oboe Quintet".
Names as mentioned: "Brosa [Quartet]".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1930/11/11 (Nov 11th) A.L.S. to Francis E. Bliss ("father") : "Your very kind letter to Trudy and generous gift touched me very much... I enclose a notice of my Pastoral given at the London Museum followed by an excellent supper at the Makower's house" / signed "Arthur". Address from: East Heath Lodge, 1 East Heath Road, N.W.3.
Bliss music as mentioned: “Pastoral” [’Lie strewn the white flocks’]
Names as mentioned: "Trudy [Bliss] - Howard [Bliss] – [Ernest & Rachel] Makower’ s house [E.M. = dedicatee of Music for Strings] - [Alphonse] Legros".
Places as mentioned: "London Museum".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. [1930/11/23] (Sunday) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Samuel Kutcher ("Kutcher") : "Thank you and your quartet for a beautiful performance - the whole work was splendidly musical and right" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: East Heath Lodge 1 East Heath Road Hampstead NW3.
Bliss music as mentioned: "the whole work" [Oboe quintet] Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Nichols, Robert. [1931] (undated) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur & Trudy") : "L had the loveliest time last night bursting in my well known character of Rogue Elephant" / signed "Tadpoleon". Address from: 101c High Street Marylebone W1.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Colour Symphony".
Names as mentioned: "Trudy [Bliss] – [Franz] Schubert - Beethoven".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Nichols, Robert. 1931/02/27 (Feb 27th 1931) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "Trying to get my room straight. I've come on the enclosed - evidently first draft of Morning Heroes" / signed "Robert N". Address from: Yew Tree House Winchelsea Sussex.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1931.02?] (undated) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") / signed "Thomas". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Morning Heroes takes place on 25th March. I have just broadcast a lecture on it".
Other music as mentioned: "Fete de Noel [painting by Christine Nisbet? - exhibited at International Women’s Art Club, London Feb. 15th - March 15th 1931] - How maddening about the stolen picture [’Madonna in the Wood’: one of two small paintings stolen from C’s one-man exhibition in the Los Angeles Museum early Feb. 1931]".
Names as mentioned: "Trudy [Bliss] - Suffolk Street Exhibition".
Institutions as mentioned: "Colnaghi - Tooth".
Places as mentioned: "France".
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. [1931]/03/27 (March 27th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Susan Owen ("Mrs Owen") : "I can tell you that the audience was profoundly moved by the recitation of your son's poem [Wilfred Owen's Spring offensive, in Morning heroes]" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: East Heath Lodge 1 East Heath Road Hampstead NW3.
Names as mentioned: "your son" [Wilfred Owen] Provenance: English Faculty Library Oxford.
Nichols, Robert. 1931/04/15 (April 15th 1931) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "This... disease has laid me in bed again" / signed "Robert Nichols". Address from: Yew Tree House Winchelsea Sussex.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1931/07/12 (July 12th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "A thousand congratulations to you and Christine... I am enchanted by the name of your daughter" / signed "Thomas". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Address to: 18 East 65th St., New York City.
Names as mentioned: "Christine - Trudy". Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1931/08/20 (Aug 20th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") / signed "Thomas [in Greek]". Address from: Paradero, Schoolhouse Road, Santa Barbara, Calif. [Something odd here - this was Arthur Bliss’s address in 1923 not 1931]
Address to: 18 East 65th St. New York City [forwarded to] c/o Rev. T. Bachelor, Talerttville, Conn.
Names as mentioned: "I read your Shakespeariana... - Sherlock Holmes - my wife - Christine - the Giotto like Sylvie [the Nisbet's new-born daughter]". Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Nichols, Robert. 1931/11/19-20 (November 19/20 1931) Autograph of poem "For the Eve of Palm Sunday" and notes to Arthur Bliss / signed "Robert Nichols".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1931?/12/08 (Dec. 8th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "Ever so many thanks for the cutting about Christine's pencil drawings ..." / signed "The Major (self-raised)". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Bliss music as mentioned: "If you are anywhere near a Radio on February 4th try and pick up Morning Heroes which is being relayed I believe to America". [Morning heroes was first broadcast om March 25th 1931 from the Queen's Hall]
Names as mentioned: "Christine [Nisbet]".  
Places as mentioned: "London - America"
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1932/03/04 (March 4th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "It is great news that you are coming over here this summer." / signed "Thomas". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Address to: 18 East 65th St., New York City.
Other works as mentioned: “And some have Faith” / [Ulric Nisbet (P. St. Vaasti)].
Names as mentioned: "Eleanor Karen [Bliss] - Queen Victoria - Trudy - Christine - J.B. Priestley".
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Nichols, Robert. 1932/03/27 (Easter Sunday 1932) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "I fear I killed the conversation in education, progress etc with my declaration of prolonged ratiocination on these matters" / signed "Tadpoleon". Address from: 101 Marylebone St London W1.
Address to: East Heath Lodge East Heath Road.
Other music as mentioned: "Tanhauser / [Richard Wagner]".
Names as mentioned: "[Ralph] Vaughan Williams".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1932/04/06 (April 6th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "Having lost your letter with your English address, I am sending this by rather a round about route..." / signed "Thomas". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Names as mentioned: "Christine [Nisbet] – Sylvie [Aurora Nisbet]". Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Nichols, Robert. 1932/04/16 (April 16th 1932) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "I have been looking at New Signatures by daylight" / signed "Roberto Tusky". Address from: 101c High Street, Marylebone W1.
Other poems as mentioned: "Tranquility Recollected / ]Julian Bell] -  'Magic Mountain' [The Wife Speaks] / [Cecil Day Lewis] - Fragment ; Request for Offering / [Richard Eberhart] - Epitaph for a Contemporary / [William Plomer] - I think continually ; My Parents ; The Funeral / [Stephen Spender] - Houses ; Empty Room / [A.J.S. Tessimond]".
Names as mentioned: "Virginia Wolf - Paul Valery".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1932/08/31 (Aug 31st) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "I enclose names of the best critics" / signed "N.C.O., second class". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Names as mentioned: "Christine [Nisbet]".
Institutions as mentioned: "Colnaghi".
Places as mentioned: "Fleet Street - London".
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Dieren, Bernard van. 1932/09/30 (Sept 30th 1932) T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "I feel very pleased and honoured by the promised dedication. If the clarinet quintet is going to be at all like the Oboe Quintet, it will be anything but a trifling tribute" / signed "Bernard". Address from: ? Hill, St Johns Wood, N.W.8.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Oboe Quintet - Clarinet Quintet".
Names as mentioned: "Professor Dr Hugo Leichtentritt - Trudy [Bliss] – Frida [van Dieren]".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1932/10/07 (Oct 7th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "I have had a talk with Colnaghi..." / signed "Thomas [in Greek - correctly spelt!]". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Names as mentioned: "Harold J. Wright [employee of Colnaghi]".
Institutions as mentioned: "Colnaghi & Co 144 New Bond St, London".
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. [1933?]/01/12 (Jan 12th) A.L.S. to Patrick Hadley ("Paddy") : "That is a lovely work and most moving [Symphonic ballad ‘The trees so high’]" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: East Heath Lodge, 1 East Heath Road, Hampstead NW3.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1933/01/27 (27th Jan 1933) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Harold Brooke ("Brooke") : "I called you in answer to yours about the quintet .. I expect to be back about the middle of February ... " / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Grand hotel des Temples, Agrigento, Sicile.
Bliss music as mentioned: "[Clarinet] Quintet - Pastoral ['Lie strewn the white flocks']". Provenance: ??
Bliss, Arthur. 1933/02/15 (Feb 15th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "Selsey beach is a very good one ... better than Littlehampton as far as I remember ..." / signed "A.B. musician and harmonist". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Address to: Compton Castle, South Devon.
Names as mentioned: "Mr Biggs - Guggenheim's intuition - Effie's watercolour - Christine [Nisbet] – Sylvie [Nisbet]".
Places as mentioned: "Selsey - Littlehampton - Chichester".
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Joyce, James. 1933/03/06 (6.3.933) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Bliss") : "I write to thank you for your contribution to the O.U.P. book" / signed "James Joyce". Address from: 42 rue Galilée, Paris VIII.
Bliss music as mentioned: "your contribution [Simples]". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1981/07/28.
Bliss, Arthur. 1933/04/26 (April 26th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") / signed "Thomas". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Address to: Compton Castle, South Devon.
Other works as mentioned: "Nudes in Landscape" / [Christine Nisbet]
Names as mentioned: "Trudy [Bliss] - F.H. Mayor – [Pablo] Picasso – [Georges] Braque – [Fernand]  Leger - Max Ernst – [Edward] Wadsworth – [Ossip] Zadkine".
Places as mentioned: "Wertheim’s Gallery - Mayor Gallery Ltd. 18 Cork Street, London".
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Nichols, Robert. 1933/06/[ ] (June 1933) Autograph of The Heart's Prisoner to Arthur Bliss.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1933/06/18 (June 18th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "We (the whole family) leave on July 14th for Norfolk, where we have taken a farm for 6 weeks." / signed "Thomas". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Names as mentioned: "Christine [Nisbet] - Mrs Riddell (our maid)". Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1933/06/24 (June 24th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") / signed "Thomas". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Names as mentioned: "Trudy's sister [Eleanor Hoffmann] will be here with a friend". Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1933/07/12 (July 12th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "A small mutton shall await you both" / signed "Thomas". Address from: 1 East Heath Road, N.W.3.
Address to: Compton Castle, South Devon.
Names as mentioned: "Mrs Riddell" [maid to the Bliss family]. Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1933/07/26 (July 26th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "I enclose a letter to Henry Haskell... I hope you are enjoying yourselves at No I" / signed "Thomas". Address from: Church Farm, Hautbois, Cottishall, Norwich.
Address to: 1 East Heath Road, Hampstead.
Names as mentioned: "Henry Haskell". [corrected in the next letter to Arnold L. Haskell] Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1933/07/27? A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "The right name is Arnold L. Haskell" / signed "Thomas".
Names as mentioned: "Arnold L. Haskell".
Places as mentioned: "31 Conduit Street".
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1933/08/25 (Aug 25th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "Here is a large cheque for 4/3 for the copy of 'Thoughts on the Country'" / signed "Thomas". Address from: 1 East Heath Road, N.W.3.
Address to: Compton Castle, South Devon.
Other works as mentioned: "Thoughts on the Country". / [Ulric Nisbet] Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1933/11/04 (Nov 4) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") / signed "Thomas". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Other works as mentioned: "Madonna in the wood" / [Christine Nisbet].
Names as mentioned: "Christine [Nisbet]- [Harold J.] Wright – Sylvie [Nisbet]".
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1933/12/15 (Dec 15) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "Dear Wigs - the whole thing is monstrous - & Christine has done more honour to the damned Castle than they have had for many a year" / signed "Thomas [in Greek]". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Names as mentioned: "Christine [Nisbet]".
Places as mentioned: "Compton Castle - Surrey - Kent".
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Nichols, Robert. [1934] undated Autograph of selections of poetry for Morning Heroes to Arthur Bliss.
Other music as mentioned: "The Revival".
Names as mentioned: "Begging".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Nichols, Robert. [1934] undated Autograph transcript of vocal part of Schubert song Aus Heliopolis to Arthur Bliss.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1934/02/01 (Feb 1st) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "... it is good news that we are going to see you both on the eighth..." / signed "Thomas Leader of Yellow Shirts for Hampstead Division" ; signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Address to: Tudor Cottage, Teignmouth, South Devon.
Places as mentioned: "Cranleigh". Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Nichols, Robert. 1934/04/16 [postmark] Envelope to Arthur Bliss ("A.E.D. Bliss"). Address from: The Floral Farms, Wisbech.
Address to: 1 East Heath Road NW3.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Wells, H.G. 1934/04/25 (April 25. 34) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Bliss") : "Frank will have advised you duly of the reason of the Call part of the Film [Things to come]" / signed "H.G. Wells". Address from: 47, Chiltern Court Clarence Gate NW1.
Names as mentioned: "Frank [???] - Mr [Francis] Cobb". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Wells, H.G. 1934/06/29 (June 29. 34) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Bliss") : "I have been digesting your impressions of Tuesday" / signed "H.G. Wells". Address from: 47, Chiltern Court Clarence Gate NW1.
Bliss music (not named): [Things to come] Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Wells, H.G. 1934/07/04 (July 4. 34) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Bliss") : "I'm sure the great thing will come all right" / signed "H.G.". Address from: 47, Chiltern Court Clarence Gate NW1.
Bliss music (not named): [Things to come] Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur 1934/09/29 (Sept 29th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Leslies Heward ("Leslie") : "Your letter terrified me - The concerto is not going at all well ... a postponement to the next seasonis almost inevitable ... Do conduct my Introduction & Allegro. I made a new score you know (totally new) at the same time as I revised the Colour Symphony. Curwen's have it in MS ... I am coming up for the Cunningham peformance of Morning Heroes on Nov. 8th [1934, in Birmingham]..." / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: East Heath Lodge, One East Heath Road, Hampstead N.W.3
Bliss music as mentioned: "Concerto [for ??] - Introduction and Allegro - Colour symphony - Morning heroes"
Names as mentioned: "[G.D.] Cunningham"
Provenance: Photocopy of British Library MS.Mus.134 A, supplied 1996/02/01
Bliss, Arthur. 1934/10/07 (Oct 7th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "We are anxious to hear news of you..." / signed "Arthur". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Address to: 118 Croydon Road, Reigate.
Names as mentioned: "Sylvie [Aurora Nisbet] – Christine [Nisbet]". Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Wells, H.G. 1934/10/16 (Oct 16. 34) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Bliss") : "You have heard little or nothing from London Films for some time. Much has been doing in the way of preparatory work" / signed "H.G. Wells". Address from: 47, Chiltern Court Clarence Gate NW1.
Bliss music (not named): [Things to come]
Names as mentioned: "[Alexander] Korda".
Places as mentioned: "Alexandra Palace".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1935/02/15 (Feb 15th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "Can we come down and see you next Friday..." / signed "Thomas". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Address to: [118 Croydon Road, Reigate - added by U.N.].
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Vaughan Williams, Ralph. [1935]/04/27 (April 27th) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "Thank you so much... I'm glad you like the slow movt. best. You know that I owe two enormous last movement improvements entirely to you..." / signed "RVW". Address from: Dorking.
Notes: Annotated: "After hearing the 4th Symphony played through. AB" [first performed in April 1935] Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1935/05/26 (May 26th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") / signed "Thomas". Address from: Pen Pits, Pen Selwood, Wincanton, Somerset.
Address to: 118 Croydon Road, Reigate.
Names as mentioned: "P.J.B. Harland, 13 Manchester Square, London - Sylvie [Aurora Nisbet] - Christine [Nisbet] - Mrs Southam - Trudy [Bliss] - Trudy has been ... to see her mother [Mrs Gertrude Hoffmann]". Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1935/06/26 (June 26th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "Can Christine and you lunch with us Tuesday next..." / signed "Thomas". Address from: Pen Pits, Pen Selwood, Wincanton, Somerset.
Address to: 118 Croydon Road, Reigate.
Names as mentioned: "Christine [Nisbet]". Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1935/06/30 (June 30th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "I am coming up to London for a B.B.C. meeting next Tuesday..." / signed "Thomas". Address from: Pen Pits, Pen Selwood, Wincanton, Somerset.
Institutions as mentioned: "B.B.C.".
Places as mentioned: “London”
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1935/07/10 (July 10th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "you are the man they need there if a place can be found (Talks Dept or something) ... I have given them a precis of your life as I know it - Marlborough, Magdalen, Army, Monsmark, Rosenbach, marriage, England" / signed "T Address from: Pen Pits, Pen Selwood, Wincanton, Somerset.
Address to: 118 Croydon Road, Reigate.
Names as mentioned: "Adrian Boult - the Administrative Officer D.H. Clarke – Christine [Nisbet]".
Institutions as mentioned: "B.B.C. - Marlbourgh [College] - Magdalen [College Oxford] - Monsmark - Rosenbach".
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1935/07/19 (July 19th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "my car insurance means that I have to pay more premium than anyone else, as it is notorious that musicians are dangerous & untrustworthy fellows & are frequently incapable of driving anything... [!!!]" / signed "Thomas". Address from: Pen Pits, Pen Selwood, Wincanton, Somerset.
Address to: 118 Croydon Road, Reigate.
Institutions as mentioned: "Public Record Office - B.B.C.". Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Wells, H.G. 1935/09/05 (Sep 5. 35) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Bliss") : "We are nearly getting the film [Things to come] in shape at last" / signed "H.G. Wells". Address from: 47, Chiltern Court Clarence Gate NW1.
Address to: 1 East Heath Road forwarded to Pen Pits Pen Selwood Bourten Dorset.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1935/12/09 (Monday) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "We should both love to come down and see you" / signed "Thomas". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Address to: 118 Croydon Road, Reigate.
Bliss music as mentioned: "It just depends on some work I have to finish for the films [Things to come]".
Names as mentioned: "Sylvie [Aurora Nisbet] – Christine [Nisbet]".
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1935? (Thursday) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "I wish we could see you both this week at Mount Royal-" / signed "Arthur B.". Address from: Pen Pits, Pen Selwood, Wincanton, Somerset.
Places as mentioned: "Mount Royal". Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. [1935-1939]/07/05 (July 5th) A.L.S. to Patrick Hadley ("Paddy") : "I do not think you need have any qualms about approaching Novellos" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Pen Pits, Pen Selwood, Bourton, Dorset.
Other music as mentioned: "Choral Ballade [The trees so high?]".
Names as mentioned: "[Hubert] Foss - Harold Brooke - Choral Ballade".
Institutions as mentioned: "Novellos" [Novello & Co.]

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1936/05/14 (May 14th) Photocopy A.L.S. to Julian Herbage (BBC) ("Julian") : "... The film music in the Proms or elsewhere must be announced Film Music "Things to Come" ... the suite is always to be played in the folloiwng order ..." / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Things to come"
Names as mentioned: "[Ernest] Makower - [Lord] Reith".
Provenance: BBC Archives.
Bliss, Arthur. 1936/10/12 [postmark] Photocopy telegram to J.B. Priestley ("J.B. Priestley") : "Extremely disappointed that I am prevented by ill[ness] from being present tonight" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Bourton Dorset.
Address to: 3 The Grove Highgate.
Bliss music (not named): [Things to come][??]
Names as mentioned: "[H.G.] Wells".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1936/10/26 (Monday) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "I can't bear to think of you being separated from Christine and Sylvie all because of money difficulties" / signed "Thomas". Address from: 1 East Heath Road, Hampstead.
Address to: 118 Croydon Road, Reigate.
Names as mentioned: "Sylvie [Nisbet] - Christine [Nisbet] – Karen [Bliss]". Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. [1937]/03/11 (March 11th) A.L.S. to Mr. Fiske ("Mr. Fiske") : "... I know of no way of getting into films as a composer except by luck" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Provenance: bought from Lisa Cox, [199-]
Nichols, Robert. 1937/06/10/12 (10th - 12th June 1937) Autograph poem Strophic Strangers to Arthur Bliss. Address from: Winchelsea.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1937/07/14 (July 14th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "Here is something, but I am afraid my name carries no weight in the Museum World" / signed "Thomas". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1937/07/29 (July 29th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Leslies Heward ("Leslie") : "Thank you so much for your performance of my Serenade" / signed "Arthur". Address from: East Heath Lodge, One East Heath Road, Hampstead N.W.3
Bliss music as mentioned: "Serenade"
Places as mentioned: "We shall be at Pen Pits"
Provenance: Photocopy of British Library MS.Mus.134 A, supplied 1996/02/01
Bliss, Arthur. 1937/08/16 (Aug 16th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "Did you see the enclosed? If they want any names of course mention mine for what it is worth." / signed "Thomas". Address from: Pen Pits, Pen Selwood, Wincanton, Somerset.
Address to: 118 Croydon Road, Reigate.
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1937/09/18 (Sept 18th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") / signed "Thomas". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Bliss writings/music as mentioned: "My article for Great Thoughts - Checkmate".   Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1937/10/04 (Oct. 4th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "Here is the article for what it is worth - exactly 2000 words of import" / signed "Thomas". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Bliss writings as mentioned: "article for Great Thoughts" ; "Death on squares [about Checkmate] (article for Great Thoughts, Jan 1938). Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1937/10/12 (Monday) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "Thank you for the book [Spread No Wings]" / signed "Thomas". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Other works as mentioned: “your book” [Spread no wings / Hugh Calloway (Ulric Nisbet)] Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1937/10/18 (Oct 18th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "I have just finished your book and have greatly enjoyed it" / signed "Thomas". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Other works as mentioned: “your book” [Spread no wings / Hugh Calloway (Ulric Nisbet)] Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1937/10/19 (Oct 19th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "Thank you very much for the typed article" / signed "Thomas". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Other music as mentioned: "Death on squares (article [on Checkmate] for Great Thoughts, Jan 1938)".
Places as mentioned: "Bumpus - Pilgrim's Way".
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. [1937] (undated) Photocopy of A.L.S. to William Bridges-Adams ("Bridges") : "V. many thanks. I want to work with you over the opera, both as librettist and dramatic overseer" / signed "Arthur". Address from: East Heath Lodge, One East Heath Road, Hampstead N.W.3
Bliss music as mentioned: "Ulysees [proposed opera]".
Names as mentioned: "Peggy".
Provenance: University of Calgary Library 1979 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04. Bridges Adams letter no. 2.8.2
Bliss, Arthur. [1937] (undated) Photocopy of A.L.S. to William Bridges-Adams ("Bridges-Adams") : "I believe it is the exact vivid drama I want. I shall have to get to know it inside out before I can tackle any detail of the libretto" / signed "Arthur". Address from: East Heath Lodge, One East Heath Road, Hampstead N.W.3
Bliss music inferred: [Ulysees - proposed opera]
[see letter of 1941/08/31 re Odyssey libretto]
Provenance: University of Calgary Library 1979 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04. Bridges Adams letter no. 2.8.3
Bliss, Arthur. 1937/11/25 (Nov. 25) Photocopy of A.L.S. to William Bridges-Adams ("Bridges") : "You must think me a louse for not having communicated with you - the fragments are carefully prized until the film music a week or so hence is finished" / signed "Yours in Hollywood, Arthur". Address from: East Heath Lodge, One East Heath Road, Hampstead N.W.3
Bliss music as mentioned: "the film music" [Conquest of the air? – written in 1937] Provenance: University of Calgary Library 1979 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04. Bridges Adams letter no. 2.8.20
Bliss, Arthur. 1937/11/30 (Nov. 30) Photocopy of A.L.S. to William Bridges-Adams ("Bridges") : "Awfully sorry about tonight. We are taking a few people to the ballet" / signed "Arthur". Address from: East Heath Lodge, One East Heath Road, Hampstead N.W.3
[Checkmate was performed at Sadler's Wells Theatre on 30th November 1937] Provenance: University of Calgary Library 1979 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04. Bridges Adams letter no. 2.8.20
Bridges-Adams, William. 1937/12/02 Photocopy T.L. carbon copy to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "Your calm announcement, two nights ago, that the Loom Song, with your music and my lyric are to be publically performed early next year, shook me not a little". Address to: 1, East Heath Road, London, N.W.5.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Loom Song [from proposed Ulysses opera?] - Checkmate".
Names as mentioned: "Lilian [Baylis] - Dionysus - Archie [Archibald] Flower - Gilbert Miller – [Charles] Cochran – [Serge] Diaghilieff - Littlewood - William Archer".
Institutions as mentioned: "Old Vic - Sadlers Wells - National Theatre - Stratford Theatre".
Places as mentioned: "London - America".
Provenance: University of Calgary Library 1979 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04. Bridges Adams letter no. 1.2.12.
Bliss, Arthur. [1938?] (undated) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Alan Bush ("Bush") : "Your query "What is modern music" is clearly an unanswerable as "What is modern life" / signed "Arthur Bliss".  
Names as mentioned: "Auden - Huxley - Alphonso - Heseltine - Schoenberg - Schumann - Stravinsky - Sibelius - Vaughan Williams - van Dieren - Webern - Mussolini".
Institutions as mentioned: "Queen's Hall - Pagani's".
Places as mentioned: "Spain - America".
Provenance: Alan Bush Archive, British Library (unnumbered, uncatalogued letter) 2015
Bliss, Arthur. 1938/03/31 (March 31st) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "Of course we will keep your books for you" / signed "Thomas". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Address to: 118, Croydon Road, Reigate.
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. [1938?]/07/20 (July 20th) A.L.S. to Albert Elkus ("Elkus") : "I hope something comes of this. I greatly enjoyed seeing you both to-day" / signed "A B". Address from: East Heath Lodge, 1 East Heath Road, Hampstead, NW3.
Provenance: Elizabeth Elkus 1981/07.
Bliss, Arthur. [1938]/11/24 (November 24th) A.L.S. to Albert Elkus ("Albert") : "I met Monteux at lunch and we were talking about you the other day" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: East Heath Lodge, 1 East Heath Road, Hampstead, NW3.
Bliss music as mentioned: "the March from the Film Music 'Things to Come' is issued in piano edition".
Other music as mentioned: "Impressions from a Greek Tragedy" / [Albert Elkus]
Names as mentioned: "[Pierre] Monteux - Mrs [Elizabeth] Elkus".
Institutions as mentioned: "Chappell & Co. - Novello - B.B.C.".
Provenance: Elizabeth Elkus 1981/07.
Bliss, Arthur. 1939/02/03 (Feb 3rd.)  A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "All O.K. - will meet you at the station" / signed "A.B." [Possibly connected with my first visit to Pen Pits (from N.Y.) - U.N.] Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1939/02/03 (Feb 3rd.)  A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "All O.K. - will meet you at the station" / signed "A.B." [Possibly connected with my first visit to Pen Pits (from N.Y.) - U.N.] Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. [1939]/03/03 (March 3rd) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Serge Koussevitsky ("Mr Kussevitsky") : "After fourteen years I am coming to New York in June to be present at the first performance of my new piano concerto" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: East Heath Lodge 1 East Heath Road Hampstead NW3.
Bliss music as mentioned: "piano concerto - Music for Strings - Suite from the ballet Checkmate".
Institutions as mentioned: "Berkshire Festival".
Places as mentioned: "New York - Boston".
Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1939/03/20 (March 20th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "Just returned to find your p.c. Of course you can have the loan of our drawing [by Christine Nisbet] ... I will take it down to the Gallery" / signed "Thomas". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Coolidge, Elizabeth Sprague. 1939/04/04 (April 4, 1939) Photocopy T.L. carbon copy to Arthur Bliss ("Mr. Bliss") : "I am delighted to hear that you are planning to be in this country shortly". Address to: East Heath Lodge.
Institutions as mentioned: "Berkshire Festival Tanglewood". Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Joyce, James. 1939/05/25 (25.V.39) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Bliss") : "I wonder whether you are at present in London and likely to be there during the first half of June" / signed "James Joyce". Address from: 34 rue des Vipres.
Names as mentioned: "Giorgio [George Joyce] - Lionel Powell – [Sir Thomas] Beecham - Ibbs and Tillett – Frances C[ornford] – [Arthur] Sullivan".
Institutions as mentioned: "B.B.C.".
Places as mentioned: "London - Columbia - Italy - Germany - Switzerland - France".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1981/07/28.
Bliss, Arthur. 1939/06/06 (June 6th) Photcopy of a typed transcript of a cable to the British Council: "Reception official presentations of scores yesterday successful"
Bliss work referred to: Piano concerto Provenance: Public Records Office via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bridge, Lieut. Col. Charles. 1939/06/09 (9th June, 1939) Photocopy telegram to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur Bliss") : "Lord Lloyd chairman of the Council desires that you will convey to Sir Adrian Boult... the council's best wishes for the success of the concerts" / signed "Bridge". Address from: 3, Hanover St., W1.
Address to: Carnegie Hall, New York.
Bliss work referred to: Piano concerto
Names as mentioned: "Lord Lloyd - Sir Adrian Boult - Mr Solomon [Cutner] - Mr [Leon] Goossens".
Provenance: Public Record Office via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Henn-Collins, Pamela. 1939/06/09 (9th June, 1939) Photocopy of draft telegram to Arthur Bliss ("Bliss") : "Good luck to you all" / signed "Pamela". Address from: 3 Hannover Street, W.1.
Address to: Carnegie Hall New York.
Bliss work referred to: Piano concerto Provenance: Public Record Office via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1939/06/10 (June 10th) Photcopy of a typed transcript of a cable to the British Council : "Boult Goossens Solomon. Greatly appreciated Lord Lloyd's Message."
Bliss work referred to: Piano concerto
Names as mentioned: "Adrian Boult - Solomon [Cutner] – [Leon] Goossens - Lord Lloyd".
Provenance: Public Records Office via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Boult, Adrian. 1939/06/13 (June 13th) Photcopy of a typed transcript of a cable to the British Council: "Many thanks for your cheering cable"
Provenance: Public Records Office via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1939/06/15 (June 15th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Pamela Henn-Collins ("Pamela") : "Everything has gone off well in fact very well. The American public is an easy one & I have hit it" / signed "A. Bliss". Address from: Barbizon Plaza Hotel.
Address to: c/o Fulton Trust Co. 149 Broadway NYC.
Bliss music as mentioned: "my [Piano] concerto".
Names as mentioned: "H.J. Wood".
Places as mentioned: "Q.H. (Queen’s Hall)".
Provenance: Public Record Office via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. [1939]/06/15 (June 15th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Gertrude Hoffmann ("Gertrude") : "I wish you could have been in Carnegie Hall on Saturday night last. All the Hoffmanns turned up" / signed "Arthur". Address from: c/o Fulton Trust Co. 149 Broadway New York City.
Bliss music as mentioned: "my [Piano] concerto".
Names as mentioned: "Trudy - the children [Barbara & Karen]".
Places as mentioned: "New York - Stockbridge".
Provenance: Library of Congress 1980s.
Henn-Collins, Pamela. 1939/06/16 (16th June, 1939) Photocopy of carbon copy of T.L. to Arthur Bliss ("Bliss") : "I feel as though a great weight has been lifted from me... Since the rehearsal in London I never had any doubt about the quality of our present to the American people". Address to: The Barbizon Plaza, 101 West 54th Street New York U.S.A.
Bliss work referred to: Piano concerto
Names as mentioned: "Trudy [Bliss]".
Provenance: Public Record Office via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Henn-Collins, Pamela. 1939/06/19 (19th June, 1939) Photocopy of carbon copy of T.L. to Arthur Bliss : "May I send you a brief line to convey my sincere congratulations to you on the success of the British Council's concerts". Address to: The Barbizon Plaza 101, West 54th Street New York U.S.A.
Bliss work referred to: Piano concerto Provenance: Public Record Office via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. [1939]/06/29 (June 29th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Lloyd ("Lord Lloyd") : "Although this is not a country where much work is needed for an understanding, I think one can say that this gesture of The British Council was regarded as one of particular good will" / signed "Arthur Bliss" Address from: c/o Bernhard Hoffmann Stockbridge Massachusetts.
Institutions as mentioned: "The British Council". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1939/08/21 (Aug 21st) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Mrs Coolidge") : "May I have the pleasure of bringing to your notice the name of the Quatour Belge a Clavier" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Sunset Lodge and Camps, Damariscotta Lake, Jefferson, Maine.
Places as mentioned: "Brussels - America". Provenance: Library of Congress 1980's.
Bliss, Arthur. 1939/09/10 (Sept 10th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Benjamin Britten ("Benjamin") : "I am writing on the chance that you are still at Woodstock. War broke out just as we were going to sail back so we are still here and I expect shall be for some time... If you are in a fix... and want a refuge somewhere, we are only too glad to help..." / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: c/o Bernhard Hoffman, Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Places as mentioned: "Woodstock - Boston". Provenance: Britten Estate 1983 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1939/09/22 (Sept 22nd) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Benjamin Britten ("Benjamin") : "Very glad to get your letter. We are all here for the winter, self, wife, and two daughters. It is a tiny place, but there is always a bed and food for you..." / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 59, Hard Road, Belmont, Mass.
Names as mentioned: "wife [Trudy Bliss] - two daughters [Barbara & Karen Bliss] – [Edward J.] Dent".
Institutions as mentioned: "[International] Musicological Society".
Places as mentioned: "Cambridge [U.S.A.] - Harvard - Boston - New York".
Provenance: Britten Estate 1983 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. [1939]/09/22 (Sept. 22nd) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Serge Koussevitsky ("Mr Koussevitsky") : "Having been caught in America with my wife and children, I am staying the winter working here close to Boston" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 59 Hard Road Belmont Mass.
Names as mentioned: "my wife [Trudy] - the children [Barbara & Karen]".
Places as mentioned: "America - Boston - Europe".
Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Coolidge, Elizabeth Sprague. 1939/09/30 (September 30, 1939) Photocopy T.L. carbon copy to Arthur Bliss ("Mr. Bliss") : "This is just a line to thank you for your letter...". Address to: 59 Hard Road, Belmont, Mass.
Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Brooke, Harold. 1939/10/06 (Oct. 6 '39) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Bliss") : "This threatens to be a long letter - hence the paper" / signed "Harold L. Brooke". Address from: 5, Freeland Road, Ealing, W.5.
Bliss music as mentioned: "the [Piano] concerto". Other music as mentioned: "Gebrauchsmusik".
Names as mentioned: "When Marianne [Brooke] decided to marry a German Officer - Sandy Macpherson - Tommy Handley - Leonard Henry – [Adrian] Boult – [Clarence] Raybould - your wife [Trudy Bliss] - your children [Barbara & Karen Bliss] - Solomon [Cutner] – [Alfred Joseph Brooke] Littleton - Henry J. Wood - at the Phil [New York Philharmonic Orchestra] - Saerchinger ?? - Bim".
Institutions as mentioned: "H.A.C. - O.T.C. - Novello Publishers - [Three Choirs Festival] Hereford - Norwich Festival - Sir Henry Wood Promenade Concerts - B.B.C. - Fulton Trust - H. W. Gray Co.".
Places as mentioned: "Aldershot - U.S.A. - West[minster] Bank, Nott[ing] Hill Gate - the Dominions [of England] - Massachusetts".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. [1939]/10/07 (Oct 7th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Serge Koussevitsky ("Mr Koussevitsky") : "I wonder whether you would do me the great honour of giving the first performance in America of my 'Music for Strings'" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 59 Hard Road Belmont Mass.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Music for Strings".
Names as mentioned: "B.B.C. Orchestra".
Institutions as mentioned: "Salzburg Festival".
Places as mentioned: "America - Boston".
Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1939/10/11 (Oct 11th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to William Bridges-Adams ("Bridges") : "It was a red letter day for the Bliss family when your letter to me and Peggy's letter to Trudy arrived" / signed "A[rthur]". Address from: c/o Fulton Trust Co., 149 Broadway, New York City [on Barbizon Plaza Hotel headed paper].
Bliss music as mentioned: "Checkmate".
Names as mentioned: "Trudy [Bliss] - Thomas [Tallis] – [William] Byrd – [Henry] Purcell – [Ralph] Vaughan Williams – Peggy [Bridges Adams] - Unity [Bridges Adams] – Patience [Bridges Adams".
Institutions as mentioned: "Widener Library in Harvard - Bodleian Library - University of California, San Francisco".
Places as mentioned: "Suffolk - America - Cambridge, Boston".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. [1939]/10/18 (Oct. 18th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Serge Koussevitsky ("Dr Koussevitsky") : "I have asked my publishers to reserve the parts of 'Music for Strings' for the last week in November" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 59 Hard road Belmont Mass.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Music for Strings". Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1939/10/20 (Oct. 20th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Elizabeth") / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 59 Hard Road, Belmont, Mass.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Checkmate - Music for Strings".
Names as mentioned: "[John] Barbirolli – [Serge] Koussevitsky".
Institutions as mentioned: "Berkeley University".
Places as mentioned: "San Fransisco - Widener Library - New York - South Mountain - Stockbridge".
Provenance: Library of Congress 1980's.
Bliss, Arthur. [1939]/11/18 (Nov 18th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Serge Koussevitsky ("Dr Koussevitsky") : "Some weeks ago you kindly told me you would like to include my 'Music for Strings' in your Symphony programmes" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 59 Hard road Belmont Mass.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Music for Strings".
Names as mentioned: "[Eugene] Ormandy – [Leon] Goossens".
Places as mentioned: "America - Boston".
Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1939/11/30 (Nov 30th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Elizabeth") / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 59 Hard Road, Belmont, Mass.
Bliss music as mentioned: "clarinet quintet - a movement from my new piano concerto".
Institutions as mentioned: "The Longy School of Music".
Places as mentioned: "Cambridge [Mass.]".
Provenance: Library of Congress 1980's.
Bliss, Arthur. 1939/12/13 (Dec 13th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Elizabeth") / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Barbizon Plaza Hotel, New York.
Address to: 34 Coolidge Av., Cambridge, Mass.
Bliss music as mentioned: "your oboe quintet".
Names as mentioned: "a young string quartet, the Dorian".
Institutions as mentioned: "Columbia Broadcasting Co.".
Places as mentioned: "Cambridge [Mass.] - Berkeley - California".
Provenance: Library of Congress 1980's.
Bliss, Arthur. [1939]/12/22 (Dec 22nd) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Serge Koussevitsky ("Dr Koussevitsky") : "Before I leave Boston I must write a message of farewell to you" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 59 Hard Road Belmont Mass.
  Bliss music as mentioned: "Music for Strings".
Places as mentioned: "Boston - California".
Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.