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Arthur Bliss Archive

Letters - part 4

Letters to and from Arthur Bliss written between 1950 and the end of 1959

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
Vaughan Williams, Ralph. [1950?-] A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur"): "Thank you very much - I can now die happy" / signed "RVW". Address from: The White Gates, Westcott Road, Dorking.
Annotated: "V.W. asked me to be one of his musical executors. AB". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1950/02/01 (Feb 1st) Photocopy A.S. postcard to Edith Coates ("Edith Coates") : "On this last performance of 'The Olympians' this season I want to express my most grateful thanks to you for realising the part of Madam Bardea" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Pen Pits, Pen Selwood, Wincanton, Somerset.
Bliss music as mentioned: "The Olympians". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Koch, Ludwig. 1950/02/06 (6th. February 1950) T.L.S. to Arthur & Gertrude Bliss ("Mr and Mrs Bliss") : "We thoroughly enjoyed the very fine performance of THE OLYMPIANS" / signed "Ludwig Koch". Address from: 7, Gordon House, Western Avenue London W5.
Address to: Pen Pits, Pen Selwood, Wincanton, Somerset.
Bliss music as mentioned: "The Olympians". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Atlee, Clement (Prime Minister) (Secretary W.S.C.V. Ricknell) 1950/05/10 (10th May, 1950) T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir") : "I am asked by the Prime Minister to inform you that he has it in mind, on the occasion of the forthcoming list of Birthday Honours, to submit your name to the King with a recommendation that he may be graciously pleased to approve that the honour of Knighthood be conferred upon you." / signed "W.S.C.V. Ricknell". Address from: 10, Downing Street, Whitehall.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Howard. 1950/05/?? (undated) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("A.") : "I would like to be the first ... to record my own delight at the honour about to be given you ... To you and Trudy that a splendid achievement has brought national recognition - from a Labour Government!" / signed "Howard". Address to: 15, Cottesmore Gardens, W.8.
Other music as mentioned: "Land of Hope & Glory" [by Edward Elgar].
Names as mentioned: "father [Francis E. Bliss] - Basil Johnson – [Cyril Bradley] Rootham - Herbert Fryse - Ursula Leighton - 'Madame' Lily Henkel - Trudy - Sir Edward Elgar – Queen [Elizabeth II]".
Institutions as mentioned: "B.B.C.".
[Birthday honours published on 2nd June 1950]
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1950/05/20 (20th May) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Ernest Newman ("Ernest") : "I am sorry about your under ... copy [of the Olympians]  The real edition will not be out for a couple of weeks ... I have just been staying with Priestly discussing our new libretto. It is based on the old axiom that if you want to corrupt a man, give him power" / signed “Arthur Bliss” Address from: Pen Pits Pen Selwood Wincanton Somerset. Address to: Polperro, Epsom Lane South, Tadworth, Surrey.
Music by Bliss inferred: [The Olympians] - new libretto [second Priestley opera] Provenance: ??
Bliss, Arthur. [1950]/06/21 (June 21st) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Edith Coates ("Edith") : "I am tinkering with Priestley on the idea of a second opera" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 15, Cottesmore Gardens, W8.
Address to: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, WC2.
Music by Bliss as mentioned:  "second opera [second Priestley opera] "
Names as mentioned: "Priestley".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Ireland, John. 1950/07/02 (July 2nd 1950) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "I expect you have been overwhelmed with letters of congratulation on this recent honour conferred on you" / signed "John Ireland". Address from: 14 Gunter Grove Chelsea SW10.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Rout - Conversations - Madam Noy - Colour Symphony". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Walton, William. 1950/[07]/11 [postmark] A.S. postcard to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur Bliss") : "Congratulations from us both" / signed "William". Address from: Gare St Lazare [postmark].
Address to: Savile Club 69 Brook Str. London W1 Angleterre.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Priestley, J.B. [1950] (Sunday) T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "I have been turning over in my mind some ideas for a rather small-scale romantic-fantastic work, and have hit on something that might give you just what you want" / signed "Jack". Address from: Brook Hill Brook Isle of Wight.
Music by Bliss as mentioned:  "a rather small-scale romantic-fantastic work” [second Priestley opera]
Institutions as mentioned: "1951 Festival [of Britain]".
Places as mentioned: "Glamis Castle".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Priestley, J.B. [1950?] Typed scenario for projected opera El Liberador to Arthur Bliss.
Bliss music: [second Priestly opera] Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1950/08/20 (20th August) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Ernest Newman ("Ernest") : "... I am spending the first week of September with Priestley ... to mould our chosen libretto into a workable shape" /signed “Arthur” Address from: Pen Pits Pen Selwood Wincanton Somerset. Address to: Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh
Music by Bliss as mentioned:  " our chosen libretto” [second Priestley opera]
[includes synopses of two projected operas, a political one set in Prague, and a comedy set in Dunbury Towers]
Provenance: ??
Bliss, Howard. 1950/[09/03] (Sunday) T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss : "Whetted by this Daily Telegraph notice, I listened last night and found the 4tet more than 'a pleasure to play'!" / signed "H.".
Bliss music as mentioned: "Checkmate - piano concerto - Music for Strings - the whole 4tet [String quartet no. 2]".
Names as mentioned: "your Marlborough admirer [Ulric Nisbet] – [Bela] Bartok - the Griller [Quartet]".
[The first broadcast of String quartet no. 2 by the Griller String Quartet was on September 2nd 1950. Later the same week they performed the work in the Isle of Wight in a series of concerts arranged by J.B. Priestly and Gerald Abraham]
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1950/09/05 (Sept 5th) A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") : "I was greatly pleased by your because... I was rather 'down' after listening to the broadcast. I heard a tired quartet, slovenly playing, thin tone & the taking exactly 3 1/2 minutes more than they should over the w  
Names as mentioned: "Priestleys on the I-of-W - Trudy - Karen - Annette". 
Places as mentioned: "Edinburgh - London - Cottesmore".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. [1950]/10/05 (Oct 5th) A.L.S. to Nancy Evans ("Miss Evans") : "I am afraid that your letter reached me too late for me to help you over my 3 Songs" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 15, Cottesmore Gardens, W8.
Bliss music as mentioned: “3 songs … the Davies settings [Three songs (W.H. Davies)] - Pastoral [‘Lie still the white flocks’] ... record the 'Pigeon song'".
Names as mentioned: "Elizabeth Poston".
Institutions as mentioned: "B.B.C. - British Council".
Provenance: Eric Crozier 1985/11/06.
Bliss, Arthur. 1951/03/17 (March 17th 1951) A.L.S. to Society for the Promotion of New Music (Secretary: Mr Leonard) ("Mr Leonard") : "I am sorry that I could not get up to London for the meeting on the 9th" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Pen Pits Pen Selwood Wincanton Somerset.
Provenance: Bought from Sotheby's 1984/05/10.
Society for the Promotion of New Music (Secretary: Mr Leonard) 1951/04/17 (17th April, 1951) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "At the last Full Committee Meeting, a quorum was not present and thus no decisions could be taken" / signed "Topsy Levan pp Secretary". Address to: Pen Pits Pen Selwood, Wincanton Somerset.
Institutions as mentioned: "P.R.S." [Performing Right Society] Provenance: Bought from Sotheby's 1984/05/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1951/04/20 (April 20th) A.L.S. to Society for the Promotion of New Music (Secretary: Mr Leonard) ("Mr Leonard") : "I am sorry that I cannot get up to London before the 29th of this month" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Pen Pits Pen Selwood Wincanton Somerset.
Provenance: Bought from Sotheby's 1984/05/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1951/07/23 (July 23rd 1951.) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") / signed "Thomas". Address from: Pen Pits, Pen Selwood, Wincanton, Somerset.
Bliss music as mentioned: "I am conducting my piano concerto".
Names as mentioned: "Trudy - Barbara - Karen - Howard".
Places as mentioned: "Royal Albert Hall - 15, Cottesmore Gardens".
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1951/07/28 (July 28th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") / signed "Thomas F.M. (retired list)". Address from: Pen Pits, Pen Selwood, Wincanton, Somerset.
Names as mentioned: "Trudy - Barbara - Richard Gatehouse - Karen - Howard - my Novello publisher & his wife, Harold Brooke". Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Harland, Peter J.B. 1951/09/04 (4 Sept. 51) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "You said you would like to have some of the photos I took of the site before building" / signed "Peter". Address from: Justins, Piddinghoe, Sussex.
Names as mentioned: "Trudy".
Places as mentioned: "Salisbury".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Gertrude. 1951/10/24 (Oct 24 1951) A.L.S. to Ulric & Christine Nisbet ("Wigs & Christine") : "I had the great pleasure yesterday of seeing your Sylvie" / signed "Trudy". Address from: 15, Cottesmore Gardens, W.8.
Names as mentioned: "Sylvie [Nisbet]". Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. [1952/03/07?] (Friday) A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") : "... I shall be glad to be rid of these tonsils" / signed "A.".
Other works as mentioned: "I am glad Mirror for Witches has had such good notices [Music by Denis ApIvor, choreograpy by Andrée Howard]  - Aren't we all [play by Frederick Lonsdale]".
Names as mentioned: "Trudy - Barbara - Karen by the way is in Hartford to-day – Richie Gatehouse] has been called in an emergency to Bromley to play the lead in a Lonsdale Comedy".
[The first performance of the ballet A Mirror for Witches was reviewed in The Times on 5th March 1952]
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1952/05/14 (May 14th 1952) A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") : "By all means take the 'Plantation Drive' for the Hitchens Show. I am proud to give it into the hands of the 'greatest patron of young English painters'" / signed "A.". Address from: Pen Pits, Pen Selwood, Wincanton, Somerset.
Other works as mentioned: "Plantation Drive" [painting by Ivon Hitchens]
Places as mentioned: "the [Ivon] Hitchens Show - at NO 15 [Cottesmore Gardens]".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1952/07/30 (July 30th 1952) A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Miss Gipps") : "I should very much like to go through my piano Concerto with you one day when you are in London" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 15,Cottesmore Gardens, W.8.
Bliss music as mentioned: "piano Concerto"
Names as mentioned: "London".
Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12
Bliss, Arthur. 1952/09/03 (Sept 3rd 1952) A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Miss Gipps") : "I have a studio with 2 pianos at Steinways ... on September 25th at twelve noon. I shall look forward to meeting you there..." / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Pen Pits, Pen Selwood, Wincanton, Somerset.
Bliss music as mentioned: "piano Concerto"
Names as mentioned: "London".
Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12
Arts Council of Great Britain (Music Director: John Denison)   1952/10/29 Photocopy T.L. carbon copy to Arthur Bliss : "The Council has been considering a recommendation from its Music Panel to invite certain composers to accept a rather special commission on the occasion of the Coronation ... Though no title has been devised, it... might be 'A Garland for the Queen ' or 'An Oriana garland '". Address to: Pen Pits, Pen Selwood, Wincanton, Somerset.
Bliss music inferred: Aubade for coronation morning.
Names as mentioned: "Dr Edmund Rubbra - Mr. Christopher Hassall".
Places as mentioned: "Royal Festival Hall".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1952/11/01 (Nov 1st 1952) Photocopy A.L.S. to John Denison ("John"), Music Director, Arts Council of Great Britain: "Thank you for your letter of October 29th. I shall be honoured to contribute a bud to the Queen’s Garland" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Pen Pits, Pen Selwood, Wincanton, Somerset.
Address to: Arts Council Music Department.
Bliss music inferred: Aubade for coronation morning.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Queens Garland".
Names as mentioned: "Henry Reed".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Arts Council of Great Britain (Music Director: John Denison)    1952/11/12 (12th November, 1952) Photocopy T.L. carbon copy to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "We are delighted to hear that you will contribute a piece to the Coronation scheme". Address to: Pen Pits, Pen Selwood, Wincanton, Somerset.
Bliss music as mentioned: "piece" [Aubade for coronation morning]
Names as mentioned: "Henry Reed - Christopher Hassall".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1952/11/16 (Nov 16th 1952) Photocopy A.L.S. to John Denison ("John"), Music Director, Arts Council of Great Britain: "I have spoken to Henry and he tells me he will be very pleased to collaborate with me". Address from: 15, Cottesmore Gardens.
Bliss music inferred: Aubade for coronation morning.
Names as mentioned: "Henry Reed".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Arts Council of Great Britain (Secretary-General: W.E. Williams) 1952/12/04 Photocopy T.L. carbon copy to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") / from "Secretary-General". Address to: Pen Pits, Pen Selwood, Wincanton, Somerset.
Bliss music inferred: Aubade for coronation morning.
Names as mentioned: "on behalf of my Council - H.M. Queen Elizabeth II".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Arts Council of Great Britain (Music Director: John Denison)    1952/12/04 (4th December, 1952) Photocopy T.L. carbon copy to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "I now enclose a formal letter offering you a commission in connection with the Coronation scheme". Address to: Pen Pits, Pen Selwood, Wincanton, Somerset.
Bliss music inferred: Aubade for coronation morning.
Names as mentioned: "Henry Reed".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1952/12/04 (Dec. 4th 1952) Photocopy of A.L.S. to William McKie ("Dr McKie") : "I am in London till Sunday... and should very like a chance of seeing you about your suggestions" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 15, Cottesmore Gardens W8.
Bliss music inferred: Processional Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1952/09/03 (Sept 3rd 1952) A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Dr. Gipps") : "Thank you very much for sending me 'The Cat'. ... I don't know where I shall be on the date, but if I am in your partsI shall certainly come to hear it" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Pen Pits, Pen Selwood, Wincanton, Somerset.
Other music as mentioned: "The Cat" [by Rith Gipps] Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12
Bliss, Arthur. 1952/12/08 (Dec. 8th 1952) Photocopy of A.L.S. to William McKie ("Dr McKie") : "I have already in my mind the idea of a triumphant 'Processional' to accompany the entry of the Queen Mother" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Pen Pits Pen Selwood Wincanton Somerset.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Processional".
Names as mentioned: "the Queen Mother".
Places as mentioned: "Salisbury".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1952/12/08 (Dec. 8th 1952) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Arts Council of Great Britain (Secretary-General: W.E. Williams) ("Mr Williams") : "I shall be proud to accept your invitation to contribute to the collection of A capella works in honour of the Queen" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Pen Pits, Pen Selwood, Wincanton, Somerset.
Bliss music inferred: Aubade for coronation morning.
Names as mentioned: "Queen [Elizabeth II]".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
McKie, William. 1952/12/12 (December 12, 1952) Photocopy T.L. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "I learned to-day at the Earl Marshal's office that the Grand Entry at the Coronation Service will take place at 11.0 a.m.".
Bliss music inferred: Processional
Other music as mentioned: "the Queen Mother - Walton's March [Orb and Sceptre Coronation March]”
Names as mentioned: "the Queen Mother".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1952/12/19 (Dec. 19th 1952) Photocopy of A.L.S. to William McKie ("Dr McKie") : "I have sketched out my Processional for piano and it will run a good 8 minutes" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Pen Pits Pen Selwood Wincanton Somerset.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Processional".
Other music as mentioned: "Walton's March [Orb and Sceptre Coronation March]"
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1953/01/09 (Jan 9th 1953) Photocopy A.L.S. to John Denison ("John"), Music Director, Arts Council of Great Britain: "This is just to say that I have completed my 'Aubade for coronation morning'" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 15, Cottesmore Gardens, W8.
Address to: Arts Council of G.B.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Aubade for Coronation Morning".
Institutions as mentioned: "Novellos".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1953/01/11 (Jan 11th 1953) Photocopy of A.L.S. incomplete to William McKie ("Dr McKie") : "My wife and I would immensely like the chance to come to the Coronation". Address from: 15, Cottesmore Gardens, W.8.
Names as mentioned: "my wife". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Arts Council of Great Britain (Music Director: John Denison)    1953/01/12 (12th January, 1953) Photocopy of carbon copy of A.L. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "Many thanks for your note reporting that 'Aubade for Coronation Morning' is now ready" / signed "John Denison". Address to: 15, Cottesmore Gardens, London, W8.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Aubade for Coronation Morning".
Names as mentioned: "Henry Reed".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1953/01/12 (Jan 12th 1953) Photocopy A.L.S. to John Denison ("John"), Music Director, Arts Council of Great Britain: "Here is my 'Aubade' for your 'Queen's Garland'" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 15, Cottesmore Gardens.
Address to: The Arts Council of G.B.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Aubade [for Coronation Morning]". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Arts Council of Great Britain (Music Director: John Denison)    1953/01/13 (13th January, 1953) Photocopy of carbon copy of T.L. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "Many thanks for sending the score of your 'Aubade' for the Queen's Garland". Address to: 15, Cottesmore Gardens, London W8.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Aubade [for Coronation Morning] – Queen’s Garland [garland for the Queen]” Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Society for the Promotion of New Music (Francis Chagrin) 1953/02/12 (12th February, 1953) T.L. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "As you know, in January the Society for the Promotion of New Music celebrated its tenth anniversary... it has brought to performance 527 works by 231 composers". Address to: 15, Cottesmore Gardens W8.
Provenance: Bought from Sotheby's 1984/05/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1953/03/23 (March 23rd 1953) A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") : "Will you come and spend Easter with us here?" / signed "A.". Address from: Pen Pits, Pen Selwood, Wincanton, Somerset.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Would you look over a short article I have done for the News Chronicle?"
Names as mentioned: "Trudy".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1953/03/26 (March 26th 1953) Photocopy of A.L.S. incomplete to William McKie ("Dr McKie") : "My wife and I were very disappointed not to be able to meet you and Harold Brooke at Novellos earlier this week". Address from: 15, Cottesmore Gardens, W.8.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Processional".
Names as mentioned: "Harold Brooke - [W.] Perry - Rushworth Kennard Davis - my wife".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1953/06/12 (June 12th 1953) A.L.S. to Society for the Promotion of New Music (Francis Chagrin) ("Mr Chagrin") : "I have recently come across a young pianist who, I think, might be very useful for introducing new works at the Society's Studio Concerts" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 15, Cottesmore Gardens, W.8.
Names as mentioned: "Frank Merrick – [Franz] Reizenstein - Miss Margelit Vogel". Provenance: Bought from Sotheby's 1984/05/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1953/06/12 (June 12th 1953) A.L.S. to Society for the Promotion of New Music (Francis Chagrin) ("Mr Chagrin") : "I have been thinking a good deal over your letter and what I write may appear rather ungenerous" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 15, Cottesmore Gardens, W.8.
Institutions as mentioned: "P.R.S. [Performing Right Society]". Provenance: Bought from Sotheby's 1984/05/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1953/06/24 (June 24th 1953) A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Ruth") : "Thank you for your letter. Firstly about my music" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 15, Cottesmore Gardens, W.8.
Bliss music as mentioned: "My 1st piano sonata is due from Novellos early next month - I would rather you were both playing my viola sonata (O.U.P.) than my very youthful Intermezzo"
Other music as mentioned: "The Cat" [by Ruth Gipps]
Names as mentioned "Maurice Johnston"
Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12
Society for the Promotion of New Music (Francis Chagrin) 1953/10/23 (23rd October, 1953) T.L. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "I am sorry that when I saw you at the Experimental Rehearsal recently I neglected to thank you in person for so capably taking up our cause with the P.R.S.". Address to: 15, Cottesmore Gardens London W8.
Institutions as mentioned: “P.R.S. [Performing Right Society] Provenance: Bought from Sotheby's 1984/05/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1953/11/?? A.L.S. [draft] Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain ("most devoted. Address from: 15, Cottesmore Gardens, W.8.
The announcement of the appointment of the new Master of the Queen's Music was made on November 17th 1954. Provenance: Lady Bliss 1980/01/17.
Sykes, Christopher & Camilla. 1953/11? Telegram to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur Bliss") : "Now Arthur is master the music is faster where there was once a hiss there are cries of OH Bliss" / signed "Christopher & Camilla". Address from: 52 Gillingham Dorset.
Address to: 15 Cottemore Gardens London W8.
Bliss, Arthur. 1953/11/12 [postmark] A.L.S.  [to the Society for the Promotion of New Music] "I am so sorry I cannot manage January 5th" / signed "Arthur. Address from: Pen Pits Pen Selwood Wincanton Somerset.
Address to: 53 Welbeck Street London W1.
Names as mentioned: "Miss [Margelit] Vogel". Provenance: Bought from Sotheby's 1984/05/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1953/11/17 (Nov. 17th 1953) Photocopy of A.L.S. to L.A.G. Strong ("Mr Strong") : "Some years ago I made bold to set to music your most attractive poem 'The Mad Woman of Punnet's Town'" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 15, Cottesmore Gardens, W.8.
Bliss music as mentioned: "The Mad Woman of Punnet's Town" [no. 4 of Four songs (1927)] Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1953/11/19 (Nov. 19th 1953) Photocopy of T.L.S. to Humphry Searle ("Humphry") : "I greatly appreciate your kind letter ..." / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 15, Cottesmore Gardens, W.8.
Address to: 44a Ordnance Hill, N.W.8.
  Provenance: Provenance: Photocopy from British Library MS.Mus.1747, supplied 1996/02/01
Bliss, Arthur. 1953/11/25 (Nov. 25th /53) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Ernest Newman ("Ernest") : "This is to greet you most admiringly on  … your present birthday" Address from: 15, Cottesmore Gardens, W.8.
Address to: Polperro, Epsom Lane South, Tadworth, Surrey.
Provenance: ??
Bliss, Arthur. 1953/12/02 (Dec 2nd 1953) A.L.S. to Albert & Elizabeth Elkus ("Albert and Elizabeth") : "This is to say how delighted we were to get your joint comments on the Beggars Opera film" / signed "Arthur". Address from: 15, Cottesmore Gardens, W.8.
Bliss music as mentioned: "the Beggars Opera film".
Names as mentioned: "Trudy".
Provenance: Elizabeth Elkus 1981.07.
Bliss, Arthur. 1953/12/23 (Dec 23rd 53) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Humphry Searle ("Humphrey") : "Many thanks for taking the trouble to send me the Rothmuller score" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 15, Cottesmore Gardens, W.8.
Names as mentioned: "[Marko?] Rothmuller - [David] Webster". Provenance: Provenance: Photocopy from British Library MS.Mus.1747, supplied 1996/02/01
Bliss, Arthur. 1954/02/01 (Feb. 1st 1954) A.L.S. to [Herbert] Bardgett ("Mr. Bardgett") : "I listened to as much of your performance of 'Morning Heroes' as atmospherics would let me ... / signed "Arthur Bliss" . Address from: 15, Cottesmore Gardens, W.8.
Probably Herbert Bardgett, chorus master of the Huddersfield Choral Society, who performed Morning Heroes in 1955.
Bliss by music as mentioned: "Morning Heroes")
Names as mentioned: "Mr Harold Brooke".
Provenance: Bought from Sotheby's 1985/05/28.
Bliss, Arthur. 1954/03/01 (March 1st 1954) A.L.S. to [Herbert] Bardgett ("Mr. Bardgett"): “Again very many thanks for your fine and authentic performance of Morning Heroes. I heard it perfectly here ... " / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 15, Cottesmore Gardens, W.8.
Provenance: Bought from Sotheby's 1985/05/28.
Bliss, Arthur. 1954/02/12 (Feb 12th 1954) A.L.S. to Gerald Kelly ("Sir Gerald") : "I should much like to be present on the day April 28th, and you shall have your Fanfare already prepared" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 15, Cottesmore Gardens W8.
Bliss music as mentioned: "your Fanfare [A salute to painting]”
Names as mentioned: "Colonel Geary - Royal Artillery Band - Vaughan Williams - R.C.M.".
Provenance: Bought from Henry Bristow 1987/02/24.
Bliss, Arthur. 1954/05/21 (May 21st, 1954) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Humphry Searle ("Humphrey") : "Alas I shall be in Bergen on June 1st, and shall miss the first performance of you symphony here." / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 15, Cottesmore Gardens, W.8.
Address to: 44a Ordnance Hill, N.W.8.
Bliss music as mentioned: "kind words about my Occasional Piece [Welcome the Queen]”
Other music as mentioned: "your Symphony" [by Humfrey Searle].
Provenance: Provenance: Photocopy from British Library MS.Mus.1747, supplied 1996/02/01
Elizabeth II, Queen (Private secretary, M.S. Adeane) 1954/06/19 (19th June 1954) T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur"): "The Queen much looks forward to seeing you ... this is in the nature of a formal audience on your appointment [as Master of the Queen's Musick] ..." / signed "M.S. Adeane [Secretary]". Address from: Buckingham Palace.
Address to: 15, Cottesmore Gardens, W.8.
Bliss music as mentioned: "The Song of Welcome".
Names as mentioned: "The Queen - Cecil Day Lewis".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1954/06/26 (June 26th 1954) Photocopy of typed transcript to Ann Dannatt ("Ann") : "How kind of you to consent to putting me up for the night of July 7th to avoid carpenters" / signed "Arthur". Address from: 15, Cottesmore Gardens.
Names as mentioned: "George [Dannatt]". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1954/07/09 (July 9th 1954) Photocopy of typed transcript to Ann & George Dannatt ("Ann and George") : "Very many thanks for the beautifully peaceful evening" / signed "Arthur". Address from: 8 The Lane, Marlborough Place (on '15, Cottesmore Gardens' paper).
Other works as mentioned: "World of Silence". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Hill, A.V. 1954/07/28 (28th July, 1954) T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir") : "I have the pleasure to inform you that you had last night the honour to be elected a member of The Club" / signed "A.V. Hill". Address from: University College London Department of Physiology Gower Street WC1.
Address to: 15, Cottesmore Gardens, W.8.
The only club of which both Hill and Bliss were members is the Athenaeum. Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Ireland, John. 1954/08/22 (August 22nd 1954) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "I am delighted to get your warm greetings on my 75th birthday" / signed "John Ireland". Address from: Rock Mill, Washington, Sussex.
Names as mentioned: "Leslie Boosey".
Institutions as mentioned: "Performing Rights Society".
Places as mentioned: "London - Chelsea".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1954/09/16 (Sept 16th 1954) A.L.S. to John Amis ("Mr. Amis") / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Elegaic sonnet"
Names as mentioned: "[Cecil] Day Lewis – [Noel] Mewton-Wood - Peter Pears – [Benjamin] Britten - Zorian Quartet".
Provenance: Bought from Lisa Cox 1986/08/26.
Elizabeth II, Queen (Private secretary, M.S. Adeane) 1954/11/03 (3rd November 1954) T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "Thank you for your letter of the 2nd November about the National Anthem" / signed "Michael Adeane [Secretary]".
Music by others as mentioned: "National Anthem". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Elizabeth II, Queen (Private secretary, M.S. Adeane) 1954/12/17 (17th December 1954) T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "I have just shown your letter to The Queen, who desires me to convey to you her warmest thanks for your message and in return to send you her best wishes" / signed "Michael Adeane [Secretary]". Address from: Buckingham Palace.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Names as mentioned: "[Prince Philip] Duke of Edinburgh". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1954/12/23 (Dec 23rd 1954) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Norman Del Mar ("Mr del Mar") : "I am so pleased to learn from your letter that you will be conducting a performance of the Checkmate Suite" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London N.W.8.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Checkmate Suite" Provenance: unknown
Bliss, Arthur. 1954/12/26 (Boxing Day 1954) Photocopy of typed transcript to George & Ann Dannatt ("Ann and George") : "Thank you so much for sending us the wee anthology of modern verse" / signed "Arthur".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Birmingham School of Music (Principal, Christopher Edmunds) [1955?] (undated) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur and Lady Bliss") : "We shall all retain for a very long time the happiest of memories of your visit yesterday" / signed "Christopher Edmunds [Principal]". Address from: Birmingham School of Music.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1955/01/15 (January 15th 1955) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Benjamin Britten ("Ben") : "I was very touched and complimented by your letter. There is nothing I should like better than to write something new for you at Aldeburgh" / signed "Arthur". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Bliss music as mentioned: "I have saddled myself heavily with two new works [Concerto, violin, orchestra and Meditations on a theme by John Blow] ...  - the Noel Sonnet [Elegaic sonnet]".
Other music as mentioned: "The Turn of the Screw [Britten]".
Places as mentioned: "Aldeburgh".
Provenance: Britten Estate 1983 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bibliotheque Nationale de France (Administrateur General: Julien Cain) 1955/02/01 (1er fevrier 1955) T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Monsieur") : "M. Rene Varin, conseiller culturel aupres de l'Ambassade de France a Londres, vient de me faire parvenir l'exemplaire de votre oeuvre "The Phoenix, hommage to France, 1944" que vous avez eu la pensee de faire relier pour l’offrir a notre pays." / signed "Julien Cain". Address from: 58, rue de Richelieu - Paris 2.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Bliss music as mentioned: "The Phoenix, hommage to France, 1944".
Names as mentioned: "M. Rene Varin".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1955/02/16 (Feb. 16th 1955) A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Ruth") : "I only arrived from abroad last night to find your 'Goblin Market' awating me" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. N.W.8.
Other music as mentioned: "Goblin Market" [by Ruth Gipps] Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12
Bliss, Arthur. 1955/03/03 (March 3rd 1955) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Benjamin Britten ("Ben") : "I have been officially asked by the U.S.S.R Embassy to take a small group of musicians to Russia in the spring of 1956 for concerts at Leningrad and Moscow" / signed "Arthur". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Names as mentioned: "[Peter] Pears – [Sir Adrian] Boult - Solomon [Cutner] – [Alfredo] Campoli - Jenifer Vyvyan - Leon Goossens - Emmie Tillett".
Institutions as mentioned: "U.S.S.R. Embassy - Foreign Office of the Great Britain Government".
Places as mentioned: "Moscow - Leningrad - Russia".
Provenance: Britten Estate 1983 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1955/03/08 (March 8th 1955) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Benjamin Britten ("Ben") : "I was delighted by the contents of your letter. I have applied for leave to add to our group..." / signed "Arthur". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Names as mentioned: "Dennis Brain". Provenance: Britten Estate 1983 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Clark, Edward. 1955/03/10 (10th March 1955) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "I have always regarded 'The Olympians' as one of the great things among operatic works of this time... It isn't just the gods who come to life, it's the whole ruddy equinox" / signed "Edward Clark". Address from: 6, Fitzroy Street, W1.
Bliss music as mentioned: "The Olympians". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1955/05/12 (May 12th 1955) Photocopy of typed transcript to George & Ann Dannatt ("Ann and George") : "Thank you very much for the book [Balzac's 'Lost illusions' translated by Kathleen Raine]" / signed "Arthur".
Names as mentioned: "Balzac - Raine". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1955/06/07 (June 7th 1955) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Richard Church ("Richard") : "You could not have sent us anything that we should so have liked" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Other works as mentioned: "Over the Bridge [Richard Church]".
Names as mentioned: "Trudy".
Provenance: University of Texas at Austin via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Sharland, B.W. 1955/09/28 (September 28/55) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur Bliss") : "May it please you to accept the enclosed poem" / signed "B.W. Sharland". Address from: 30 Quay Road Newton Abbot Devon.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1955/10/20 (Oct. 20th 1955) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Benjamin Britten ("Ben") : "I am naturally extremely disappointed at what you write - as it takes away very considerably from the interest and importance of our Russian visit..." / signed "Arthur". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Names as mentioned: "Ian Parrott – Peter [Pears]". Provenance: Britten Estate 1983 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Elizabeth II, Queen (Private secretary, Edward Ford) 1955/11/23 (23rd November, 1955) T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "The Queen has bid me write to tell you how much she enjoyed the Royal concert on Monday evening" / signed "Edward Ford [Secretary]". Address from: Buckingham Palace.
Names as mentioned: "The Queen". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Edinburgh City Council (Lord Provost, John G. Banks) 1956/03/16 (16th March 1956) T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "We have already learned with pride that you have been generous enough to compose and present to us a new Overture" / signed "John G. Banks, Lord Provost [of Edinburgh]". Address from: City Chambers, Edinburgh.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Bliss music as mentioned: "a new Overture, to be entitled 'Edinburgh'". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Griffiths, Vernon. 1956/09/24 (September 24th 1956) T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "The Music Department... arranges a short Festival of Music by a British Composer each year... I am glad to be able to tell you that all your music. .. was very well played or sung" / signed "Vernon Griffiths (Organizing Professor of Music in the University of New Zealand)". Address from: Canterbury University College, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Other music as mentioned: "Belshazzar's Feast [William Walton]".
Names as mentioned: "John Ireland - Gordon Jacob - Mr W. Yates - Mr James Robertson - C. Foster Browne".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1956/10/12 (Oct. 12th 1956) A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher Hassall") : "I am looking forward to seeing you on Monday here at 4.30" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Names as mentioned: "David Willcocks ... is free to rehearse with us both". Location: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.  Provenance: bought 1992/06.
Bliss, Arthur. 1956/11/12 (Nov. 12th 1956) A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher Hassall") : "I received a postcard this morning from Mr Robert Nichols" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Names as mentioned: "Mrs Robert Nichols - Gogol". Location: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.  Provenance: bought 1992/06.
Gilels, Emil. 1957/05/03 (3/5/57) A.L.S. [in Russian, with typed translation] to Arthur Bliss ("Mr A. Bliss") : "Thank you very much indeed for the score of your Concerto" / signed "Emil Gilels". Address from: Kensington Palace Hotel, De Vere Gardens, London W8.
Bliss music as mentioned: "[Piano] Concerto". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1957/05/09 (May 9th 1957) A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher") : "It is good of you to have taken so much thought over the operatic subject" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Music by Bliss inferred: [Tobias and the angel] Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.
Bliss, Arthur. 1957/06/15 (June 15th 1957) Photocopy of A.L.S. to William Bridges-Adams ("Bridges") : "The first volume of your resplendent book has come to us by your kindness, and a rare gift it is..." / signed "Arthur". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Other works inferred: [The irresistible theatre. Vol.1, From the Conquest to the Commonwealth by William Bridges Adams (London, 1957)]
Names as mentioned: "Peggy - Piranesi".
Provenance: University of Calgary Library 1979 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1957/08/04 (August 4th 1957) Photocopy of typed transcript to Ann Dannatt ("Ann") : "How kind of you and George to remember my birthday ... I am planning to take her to Venice and Ravenna in the 3rd and 4th weeks of September" / signed "Arthur".
Names as mentioned: "George - Trudy".
Places as mentioned: "Venice - Ravenna".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1957/08/08 (Aug. 8th 1957) A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher") : "I must write and tell you how inspiring I found the evening! discussion with you" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Music by Bliss inferred: [Tobias and the angel] Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.
Bliss, Arthur. 1957/09/26 (Sept. 26th 1957) A.L.S. to Gerald Kelly ("Kelly") : "I shall look forward very much to seeing the exhibition of your pictures" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Provenance: Bought from Henry Bristow 1987/02/24.
Bliss, Arthur. 1957/10/08 (Oct 8th 1957) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") / signed "Thomas F.M. (superannuated)". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Names as mentioned: "Trudy - H. [Howard Bliss] - C's [Christine’s] work - Many thanks for the Bridey Murphy - Mrs Curruth - she may do something for Eleanor's book". Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Vaughan Williams, Ralph. [1957]/11/06 (Nov 6) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "Thank you very much for your letter" / signed "R Vaughan Williams". Address from: The White Gates, Westcott Road, Dorking.
Notes: Annotated by AB: "After hearing a play through on the piano of VW's 8th Symphony". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1957/11/07 (Nov 7th 1957) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "Thank you very much for letting me see Christine's work in your photos" / signed "Thomas". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Names as mentioned: "Christine - Sylvie". Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1957/12/07 (Dec.7th 1957) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Benjamin Britten ("Ben") : "I understand perfectly, and will arrange that you are released from any obligations... I shall be very glad to have someone in your place to help me at the actual meetings..." / signed "Arthur". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Names as mentioned: "Lennox Berkeley - Racine Fricker". Provenance: Britten Estate 1983 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1957/12/18 (Dec 18th 1957) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher") : "Kenneth Wright has written to me suggesting a commission for a T.V. Opera" / signed "Arthur". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Music by Bliss as mentioned: "a T.V. Opera" [Tobias and the angel]
Names as mentioned: "Kenneth Wright".
Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.
Society for the Promotion of New Music (Secretary: Judith Jackson) 1958/01/05 (May 1 1958) Photocopy T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "I enclose four more copies of the letter which you have agreed to sign for us" / signed "Judith Jackson". Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Provenance: Bought from Sotheby's 1984/05/10.
Wright, Kenneth A. 1958/02/14 (14th February, 1958) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "I have put forward a request for your and Christopher's formal contractual commission" / signed "Ken". Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Music by Bliss inferred: [Tobias and the angel]
Other works as mentioned: "Yes & No" [play by Kenneth Horne].            
Names as mentioned: "Christopher Hassall - Kenneth Horne".
Places as mentioned: "Ambassadors Theatre"
Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.
Bronson, Bud. 1958/02/23 (Sunday Feb. 23, 1958) A.L.S. to Arthur & Trudy Bliss ("Arthur and Trudy darling") : "The Violin Concerto arrived this week and we've been playing it and playing it" / signed "Bud".
Bliss music as mentioned: "Violin Concerto".
Names as mentioned: "Donald Tovey – [Alfredo] Campoli - Trudy – Mildred [Bronson]".
Places as mentioned: "U.S.A. - England".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
San Francisco Ballet Company. [1958/03/ ] (undated) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "We are very sorry to hear that you are unable to attend the filming and rehearsals of Shalott".
Bliss music as mentioned: "[The Lady of] Shalott".
Names as mentioned: "Lady Bliss".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Society for the Promotion of New Music (Chairman: Mr. Mann) 1958/03/21 (21 March 1958) Carbon copy of T.L. unsigned to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "At recent meetings of our Executive Committee we have had a good deal of discussion about electronic music" / signed "Chairman". Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Names as mentioned: "Douglas Cleverdon – Mr [Richard] Howgill - Marc Wilkinson - Francis Oakes".
Institutions as mentioned: "B.B.C.".
Places as mentioned: "Milan".
Provenance: Bought from Sotheby's 1984/05/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1958/03/24 (March 24th 1958) A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Ruth") : "It was most kind of you to write to me about the revival of my ballet" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. N.W.8.
Bliss music inferred: Miracle in the Gorbals (performed on March 22nd at Covent Garden) Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12
Bliss, Arthur. 1958/04/18 (April 18th 1958) A.L.S. to Society for the Promotion of New Music (Chariman: Mr Mann) ("Mr Mann") : "I return the letter re the electronic music studio duly signed" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Places as mentioned: "Moscow". Provenance: Bought from Sotheby's 1984/05/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1958/04/21 (April 21st 1958) A.L.S. to Ninette de Valois ("Ninette") : "Here is the piano score and scenario (inside) of my new ballet" / signed "Arthur". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Bliss music as mentioned: "my new ballet"  [The Lady of Shalott]
Names as mentioned: "Kenneth Macmillan".
Places as mentioned: "San Fransisco".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1958/04/22 (April 22nd 1958) A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher") : "I returned from Moscow a few days ago to find your welcome letter and revised script" / signed "A.B.". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Bliss music inferred: [Tobias and the angel]
Places as mentioned: "Moscow - Brussels - Ypres".
Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.
Moise, Howard. 1958/05/05 (May 5, 1958) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "I cannot resist writing you a few lines to tell you how tremendously I enjoyed your ballet" / signed "Howard Moise". Address from: 71 Panoramic Way Berkeley 4 California.
Bliss music as mentioned: "the ballet" [The Lady of Shalott]
Other music as mentioned: "Fantastique Symphony [Berlioz] - My Fair Lady [Lerner & Loewe] - Te Deum [Berlioz] – Requiem [Grande messe des morts, Berlioz]".
Names as mentioned: "San Francisco Ballet – Mr [Earl] Murray - Monte Carlo Ballet - Mr [Lew] Christensen - Tony Duquette – [Alfred, Lord] Tennyson - Alfred Frankenstein - Ed Lawton - San Francisco Symphony".
Places as mentioned: "New York - Hertz Memorial Auditorium - England".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Christensen, Lew. 1958/05/08 (8 May 1958) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "Newspaper cutting enclosed" : "'Lady of Shalott' made its debut last Friday night under conditions that are no credit to the art of Ballet" / signed "Lew Christensen". Address from: San Francisco Ballet, 378-18th Avenue at Geary, San Fransisco 21, California.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Lady of Shalott".
Names as mentioned: "Mr [Alfred] Frankenstein".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Cushing, Charles. 1958/05/08 (May 8, 1958) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "The bewitching beauty of The Lady of S. and its robust success almost compensated for your absence - but not entirely" / signed "Charles". Address from: 2239 Summer Street, Berkeley 9, California.
Bliss music as mentioned: "The Lady of S. [Shalott]".
Other music as mentioned: "Poem for Baritone and Orchestra".
Names as mentioned: "Trudy - Caleb [Cushing] - Marvel's poem (To his coy mistress) – Christiansen [Lew Christensen] –[Alfred, Lord] Tennyson - Breugel - Albert and Elizabeth [Elkus]- Sydney [Sidney] Griller - Franklin Zimmerman – Pignette [Cushing]".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bronson, Mildred. 1958/05/[13?] [postmark only] A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss : "Oh my sweet darlings, the letter I began to you will never get off. We have been utterly swamped, inundated by the Festival ramifications [with sketch of stage set and photograph of Suki]" / signed "Mildred". Address from: 927, Oxford Street, Berkeley 7, California, U.S.A.
Bliss music as mentioned: "I have seen the ballet twice" [The Lady of Shalott]
Names as mentioned: "Suki [Schorer] - Trudy".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Elkus, Albert. 1958/05/13 [postmark] A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "I had intended... to write you about the Lady of Shalott. We attended both performances and loved it" / signed "Albert". Address from: 1209 Shatlock Ave. Berkeley.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Names as mentioned: "[Alfred, Lord] Tennyson - Elizabeth Elkus - our daughter-in-law - Jon [Jonathan Elkus] – Ben [Elkus]". Provenance: Elizabeth Elkus 1981.07.
Bliss, Arthur. 1958/05/15 (May 15th 1958) A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Ruth") : "I have only just returned from Brussels to find your letter" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. N.W.8.
Names as mentioned: "I have also written to a friend ... in the English Speaking Union on the chance it may help". Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12
Bliss, Arthur. 1958/06/08 (Sunday June 8th 1958) Photocopy of typed transcript to George & Ann Dannatt ("George and Ann") : "Now that this wonderful holiday is drawing to an end I want to write and tell you how greatly I have appreciated your kindness" / signed "Arthur". Address from: at lovely Hatch [=East Hatch].
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1958/06/08 (Sunday June 8th 1958) A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher") : "I have been down in Somerset for ten days, brooding over your wonderful libretto" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Bliss music as mentioned: "this T.V. opera" [Tobias and the angel]
Names as mentioned: "P.R.S.  [Performing Right Society] - Trudy".
Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.
Bliss, Arthur. 1958/06/09 (June 9th 1958) Photocopy of typed transcript to Ann Dannatt ("Ann") : "This is just a short coda to my other letter to say that Trudy is accepting your sweet invitation to stay on a couple of days ... how grateful I am to you ... for giving her this  ... chance to recuperate" / signed "Arthur". Address from: [East Hatch].
Names as mentioned: "George - Trudy". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1958/06/25 (June 25th 1958) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Richard Church ("Richard") : "Two of our oldest friends... are over here for a few weeks" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Other works as mentioned: "Over the Bridge [Richard Church] - your 'Small Moments' [Richard Church]".
Names as mentioned: "Professor Albert Elkus - his wife".
Institutions as mentioned: "University of California, Berkeley".
Places as mentioned: "Savile Club".
Provenance: University of Texas at Austin via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1958/06/28 (June 28th 1958) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Richard Church ("Richard") : "I am so sorry to hear of the illness of you both" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Names as mentioned: "Albert Elkus is away from London until July 13th - Trudy". Provenance: University of Texas at Austin via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1958/07/06 (July 6th 1958) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Richard Church ("Richard") : "Good! ... we will all meet at the Savile" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Names as mentioned: "Albert Elkus". Provenance: University of Texas at Austin via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1958/07/08 (July 8th 1958) A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher") : "Just to keep you in touch, I have sketched possible music for pages 5-18 inclusive". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Bliss music as mentioned: "our opera" [Tobias and the angel]
Names as mentioned: "Alan Grogan".
Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.
Bliss, Arthur. 1958/07/22 (July 22nd 1958) A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher") : "Very many thanks for the extras and changes which are a great help" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Music by Bliss inferred: [Tobias and the angel]
Names as mentioned: "[Rudolph] Cartier".
Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.
Bliss, Arthur. 1958/07/24 (July 24th 1958) A.S. posrtcard to Ruth Gipps ("Ruth") : "I am very sorry to hear about the English Speaking Union decision" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. N.W.8.
Bliss music as mentioned: "You must come and play my sonata to me sometime"
Names as mentioned: "your son" [Lance Baker]
Places as mentioned: " Evensong in the Abbey" [Westminster Abbey]
Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12
Schorer, Suki. 1958/07/27 (July 27 - Sunday) A.S. postcard to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur Bliss") : "We open in Buenos Aires in 2 days and I want you to know that the Lady of Shalott is being performed on the opening night" / signed "Suki Schorer". Address from: Montivideo.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Lady of Shalott".
Names as mentioned: "[Richard] Nixon".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1958/08/02 (August 2nd 1958) A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Ruth") : "Thank you very much for sending me the leaflet. It is a most enterprising idea and will achieve a geat deal of interest among young soloists ... I am afraid I cannot promise to be at the final adjudication" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. N.W.8.
[Competition to offer young soloists a chance to play a concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra on December 13th, conducted by Ruth Gipps] Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12
Robert Masters Quartet Summer School of Chamber Music (Secretary: Frances Kitching) 1958/09/08 (8.9.58) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "This is just a brief note to say again how grateful we all feel for your inspiring visit last Saturday" / signed "Frances Kitching". Address from: 8 Marcham Rd Abingdon Berks.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1958/09/17 (Sept 17th 1958) A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher") : "Here is the passage in question. Would you write Sara's words in and let me have the M.S. back" / signed "A.B.". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Music by Bliss inferred: [Tobias and the angel] Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.
Bliss, Arthur. 1958/10/13 (Oct. 13th 1958) A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Ruth") : " ... I am free on December 13th, and will do my best to remain so, and come and hear your three soloists" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. N.W.8.
[Competition to offer young soloists a chance to play a concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra on December 13th, conducted by Ruth Gipps] Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12
Bliss, Arthur. 1958/10/16 (October 16th 1958) A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Ruth") : "I am delighted ... and I am indeed glad that fate has stepped in and done the right thing" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. N.W.8.
Institutions as mentioned: "the Committee" [of the English Speaking Union?] Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12
Carol League (General secretary: Edward Bradley) 1958/10/31 (31st October, 1958) T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "My Committee has asked me to write to you to say how pleased and honoured it would be if you could accept its invitation to become President of its Carol League" / signed "Edward Bradley". Address from: 2, Wyndham Place, London W1.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Names as mentioned: "Ralph Vaughan Williams OM - University of London Music Society". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Battersea and Wandsworth Philharmonic Society (Musical Director: Cyril Jinman) 1958/11/03 (3rd November 1958) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir") : "My Committee have requested me to ask you whether you would kind enough to become our President" / signed "Cyril Jinman". Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Other music as mentioned: "Elijah [Mendelssohn] - A Sea Symphony [Ralph Vaughan William]".
Names as mentioned: "Dr Ralph Vaughan Williams - Sir Arnold Bax - John Cameron - Thomas Round - Jill Cruickshank - June Perrin".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1958/11/22 (November 22nd 1958) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") / signed "Thomas". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Other music as mentioned: "He [Howard Bliss] has recently exhibited two abstract oils".
Names as mentioned: "Christine's exhibition - John Berger - Trudy - Barbara - the latters two husbands manage to solve daily problems - Karen - Susan - Howard".
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Turner, Eva. 1958/11/26 (November 26 1958) T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "This year at the University of Oklahoma one of my students who is to give his graduate recital in January, will sing the Seven American Poems" / signed "Eva Turner". Address from: University of Oklahoma.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Seven American Poems". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1958/12/08 (Dec 8th 1958) A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher") : "At our next meeting on Thursday I am proposing a higher value for serious music on the B.B.C., rather at the expense of dance music" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Bliss music as mentioned: "photographs of our new opera (vocal score) up to 'the Fight' - Meditations on a Theme of John Blow".
Names as mentioned: "Dr. Casparius".
Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.
Music Teachers’ Association (Secretary Stanley Harper) 1958/12/10 (10th December 1958) T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "Members of the Association, at a Council meeting on Saturday last, unanimously declared their approval to invite you to be patron of the Association" / signed "Stanley Harper". Address from: 106 Gloucester Place London W1.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Names as mentioned: "Dr Ralph Vaughan Williams - Sir Edward Elgar". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1958/12/10 (Dec 10th 1958) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") / signed "Thomas". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Address to: 62 East 83rd St., New York.
Other music as mentioned: "Bridge of Years - Return to Eden".
Names as mentioned: "Christine - John Berger - Trudy - my two daughters - Barbeleion [pseudonym for Bruce Frederick Cummings The Journal] - Sylvie".
Institutions as mentioned: "Faber & Faber - Gollancz".
Places as mentioned: "London - New York - Holland".
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1958/12/30 (Dec. 30th 1958) A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher") : "Would you let me have the address of your Cure Hall" / signed "A.B.". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.
Bliss, Arthur. 1959/01/02 (Jan 2nd 1959) A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher") : "Thank you for your helpful dialogue, which is just what I need" / signed "A.B.". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Music by Bliss inferred: [Tobias and the angel]        Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.
Bliss, Arthur. 1959/01/15 (Jan 15th 1959) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Benjamin Britten ("Ben") : "It is very pleasant for me to think that I shall have Peter and you for close-by neighbours when you come to London" / signed "Arthur". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Names as mentioned: "Peter [Pears]".
Places as mentioned: "London - Friends House [Euston Road]".
Provenance: Britten Estate 1983 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1959/01/14 (Jan 14th 1959) A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Ruth") : "I enclose a letter to the Elkuses in Berkeley, just across the bay from San Francisco where the huge University is." / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. N.W.8.
Address to: 20 Heathcote Road, St Margarest, Middlesex
Names as mentioned: "[Berkeley] University - Albert Elkus - his English wife - Sydney Griller and the quartet" Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12
Bliss, Arthur. 1959/01/18 (January 18th 1959.) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "I duly sent the diary to T.S. Eliot only to get his reply yesterday..." / signed "Thomas". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Address to: 62 East 83rd St. New York.
Names as mentioned: "Trudy - T.S. Eliot - Rupert Hart-Davis - John Berger". Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Britten, Benjamin. 1959/01/19 (19th January, 1959) Photocopy T.L. carbon copy to Arthur Bliss : "Please forgive type written but I have just returned from the Continent with a nasty dose of 'flu". Address from:.
Names as mentioned: "Peter [Pears]".
Places as mentioned: "London - Friends House".
Provenance: Britten Estate 1983 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1959/01/30 (1959/01/30) A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher") : "Don't forget to bring the words of the quintet with you when you come Saturday morning" / signed "A.B.". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Music by Bliss inferred: [Tobias and the angel]   Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.
Bliss, Arthur. 1959/02/09 (February 9th 1959.) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "This is just to report the safe arrival of the new batch of the diary..." / signed "Thomas". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Address to: 62 East 83rd St. New York.
Works by others inferred: [Bridge of Years. Hugh Calloway (Ulric Nisbet)]
Names as mentioned: "Milton Waldman of Collins - Rupert Hart-Davis - John Berger".
Institutions as mentioned: "Collins".
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. [1959/02/11] (Wednesday) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher") : "Look forward to seeing you 12.30 Friday" / signed "AB". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place London.
Bliss music inferred: "Borzu's first words 'Any more bids ... " [Tobias and the angel]
Names as mentioned: "Young's poems - Rudolph Cartier is coming also to lunch and the 'play through'".
Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.
Hassall, Christopher. [1959/02/25] (Wed.) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "The few very slight verbal points I mentioned at the Club were..." / signed "Christopher". Address from: Old Cottage, Vale of Heath, Hampstead, NW3.
Music by Bliss and names as mentioned: "when can I send the mastercopy of the script [Tobias and the angel] to Salter" Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.
Bliss, Arthur. [1959/02/26] (undated) A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher") : "To save duplication I answer your queries overleaf [written on back of previous letter]" / signed "AB".
Music and names as mentioned: "I am sending the master copy [Tobias and the angel] with all cuts and links to Lionel Salter - Trudy". Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.
Bliss, Arthur. 1959/04/01 (April 1st 1959) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "The M.S.S. was carefully packed by Trudy and sent off in one parcel to you yesterday." / signed "Thomas". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Works by others inferred: [Bridge of Years. Hugh Calloway (Ulric Nisbet)]
Names as mentioned: "Trudy - John Berger - Christine".
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1959/04/14 (April 14th 1959) A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher") : "I mentioned in vague terms one of our ideas for the work for Coventry Cathedral" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Bliss music as mentioned: "work for Coventry Cathedral [The beatitudes] - I continue to score 'Tobit'" [Tobias and the angel]
Names as mentioned: "John Lowe - Lionel Salter - Kenneth Wright".
Places as mentioned: "Coventry Cathedral - Canterbury".
Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.
Bliss, Arthur. 1959/05/06 ([postmark]: 6 May 1959) A.S. postcard to Ulric Nisbet ("Mr Ulric Nisbet") : "Just to remind you of past campaigns ..." / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Address to: 62 East 83rd St. New York.
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
J. & W. Chester (Director: R.W. Gibson) 1959/06/03 (June 3rd 1959) T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "In 1960 the firm of J. & W. Chester, Ltd., will celebrate its centenary and I should very much like to mark the occasion with a special publication ... you would ... consider writting a variation yourself, for piano solo" / signed "R. W. Gibson". Address from: 11, Great Marlborough Street, London, W1.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Other music as mentioned: "El Amor Brujo [de Falla]".
Names as mentioned: "Lennox Berkeley - Francis Poulenc - John Ireland - Eugene Goossens - G.F. Malipiero - Igor Stravinsky - Manuel de Falla".
[For the publication: House of Chester 1860-1960 centenary album. - Bliss did not contribute]
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Hall, Harold. 1959/06/13 (13.6.59) A.L.S. to Arthur & Gertrude Bliss ("Sir Arthur and Lady Bliss") : "Your visit, the playing on the Barrel Organ here at Muchelney ... and now this lovely present ... How, indeed, rich I am made" / signed "Harold Hall". Address from: Muchelney Abbey, nr. Langport.
Other music as mentioned: "Water and Fireworks Music" [Handel]
Names as mentioned: "Kathleen Ferrier".
Places as mentioned: "Royal Festival Hall - Albert Hall - Somerton Church - Westminster Abbey - United States".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1959/06/18 (June 18th 1959) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "This is just to welcome you..." / signed "Thomas, Chief of Staff (self-promotion)". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Brighton Young Philharmonic Society (Chairman: Gideon Feibelmann) 1959/06/22 (June 22nd, 1959) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "May I have the pleasure of asking you to become the Honorary President of the Brighton Young Philharmonic Society?" / signed "Gideon Fiebelmann". Address from: 13, Harrington Road, Brighton, 6, Sussex.
Places as mentioned: "Brighton". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1959/07/23 (July 23rd 1959) Photocopy of typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "It was most kind of you to be my host at lunch yesterday" / signed "Arthur".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1959/08/05 (August 5th 1959) A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher") : "I enjoyed the biography immensely ... It has gone the round of my friends" / signed "Arthur". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Bliss music as mentioned: "1/ 'The curse of Asmoday, or What you will' for a title [Tobias and the angel] - 2/ Coventry... your synopsis [The Beatitudes]".
Other works as mentioned: "the biography" [Edward Marsh, patron of the arts : a biography / by Christopher Hassall (London, 1959)].
Other music as mentioned: "Eroica" [Beethoven].
Names as mentioned: "Trudy - Lionel Salter - John Lowe".
Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.
Bliss, Arthur. 1959/08/12 (August 12th 1959) A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") : "Many thanks for the seats for 'Men of Two Worlds'" / signed "A.". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Men of Two Worlds - the Scholes pamphlet on my Colour Symphony".
Names as mentioned: "Ann Belair".
Places as mentioned: "Africa - London - Litu district".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1959/09/04 (Sept 4th 1959) A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher") : "I spoke yesterday to Lionel Salter about the title of our Opera and he argued that the Curse of Asmoday was redolent of a Hollywood film" / signed "Arthur". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Tobias & Angel".
Names as mentioned: "Lionel Salter".
Institutions as mentioned: "B.B.C.".
Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.
Bliss, Arthur. 1959/09/24 (Sept 24th 1959) A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher") : "I have written to Lionel Salter saying I want the title of our new opera to be 'Tobias and the Angel'" / signed "Arthur". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Tobias and the angel - the Coventry work". [The Beatitudes] Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.
Bliss, Arthur. [1959]/09/30 (Sept.30th) A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher") : "Will you mark Tobit's extra words in Prologue as follows..." / signed "A.B.". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Bliss music inferred: [Tobias and the angel] Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.
Howells, Herbert. 1959/10/18 (18 Oct 1959) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "You've just been on the 'phone to me ... and my heart is still bounding about! ... I can't tell you how touched I am that after all, you've made it possible to come" / signed "Herbert". Address from: 3 Beverley Close Barnes SW13.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Daily Herald (Chairman C. Dane) 1959/10/25 A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "I would like to take this opportunity as Chairman of the Daily Herald, and personally, of thanking you for your superb performance last night [National Brass Band Festival in Royal Albert Hall]" / signed "C...? Dane Address from: 92, Long Acre, London WC2.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. [1959]/10/27 (Oct 27th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher") : "I have to write to Cyril Wood that I simply cannot fit in a visit to Cheltenham" / signed "Arthur". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Names as mentioned: "Cyril Wood - Edward & Belinda Norman Butler".
Places as mentioned: "Cheltenham - Coventry".
Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.
Bliss, Arthur. 1959/10/31 (Oct 31st 1959) A.L.S. to Society for the Promotion of New Music (Howard Hartog) ("Sir") : "This is just to tell you that I received a visit from Mr Sanderson of the Gulbenkian Trust" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane Marlborough Place London.
Names as mentioned: "Mr Sanderson".
Institutions as mentioned: "Gulbenkian Trust".
Provenance: Bought from Sotheby's 1984/05/10.
Society for the Promotion of New Music (Hartog, Howard) 1959/11/02 (2 November 1959) Photocopy T.L. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "On the contrary, it was extremely kind of you to intercede on our behalf with the Gulbenkian Trust" / signed "Howard Hartog". Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Institutions as mentioned: "Gulbenkian Trust". Provenance: Bought from Sotheby's 1984/05/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1959/11/03 (Nov 3rd 1959) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher") : "November 20th will do admirably, & we shall look forward to seeing you" / signed "Arthur". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.
Howells, Herbert. 1959/11/04 (4 Nov 1959) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "I don't think I can lay hand upon any words that could quietly and affectionately make you realise how touched I was by your speech last night" / signed "Herbert". Address from: Royal College of Music Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London SW7.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Elizabeth II, Queen (Private secretary, M.S. Adeane) 1959/11/06 (6th November, 1959) T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "Thank you for your letter of 3rd November and for the copy of Mr Day Lewis's poem" / signed "Michael Adeane [Secretary]". Address from: Buckingham Palace.
Bliss music as mentioned: "your Madrigal".
Names as mentioned: "Mr Day Lewis".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Society for the Promotion of New Music (Secretary: Judith Jackson). 1959/11/13 (13 November 1959) Photocopy T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "Your letter was read at the Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday last" / signed "Judith Jackson". Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Names as mentioned: "Mr Hartog - Mr Sanderson [of the Gulbenkian Trust]". Provenance: Bought from Sotheby's 1984/05/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1959/11/14 (Nov 14th 1959) A.L.S. to Society for the Promotion of New Music (Judith Jackson) ("Miss Jackson") : "I think it an excellent thing for Mr Hartog to go and see Mr Sanderson armed with financial proposals and future plans" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane Marlborough Place London.
Names as mentioned: "Mr Hartog - Mr Sanderson [of the Gulbenkian Trust]". Provenance: Bought from Sotheby's 1984/05/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1959/11/23 (Nov 23rd 1959) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Benjamin Britten ("Ben") : "I am so pleased to think you are going to play the piano in the Sonnet I write for Noel." / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Bliss music as mentioned: "the Sonnet I wrote for Noel". [Elegaic sonnet]
Other music as mentioned: "The Turn of the Screw" [Britten]
Names as mentioned: "Noel" [Noel Mewton-Wood]
Places as mentioned: "London".
Provenance: Britten Estate 1983 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1959/12/12 (Dec 12th 1959) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Christopher Hassall ("Christopher") : "I have just returned from Paris to find your letter" / signed "Arthur". Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Names as mentioned: "Martin Browne – [John] Lowe".
Places as mentioned: "Paris - Glasgow - Edinburgh - New York - London".
Provenance: Add. 8905/- bought 1992.06.