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Arthur Bliss Archive

Music for film and radio

Film music

ABC Television (A) Signature and B) Interval music 1956
Publisher: Manuscript Duration: A) 45 secs B) 1 mins
Instrumentation: A) 2 2 2 2, 4 2 3 0, timp, perc (sd, cym), strings B) 2 1 1 0, 1 0 0 0, glock, hp, strings
     
An Age of Kings (for 15 part BBC series of Shakespere's historical plays) 1960
Prelude, Chorale, Postlude
Publisher: Manuscript (Prelude, Postlude: Chappell) Duration: 4:30 mins
Instrumentation: Prelude: 2 0 2 0, 0 3 3 0, timp, cym, vc, bd, piano Postlude: 1+1 2 2 2, 4 2 2 0, timp, 2 perc (sd, cym), strings
For arr. concert band by Frank Erikson visit Brass and Military Band Music
     
The Beggar's Opera (music for the Laurence Olivier film) 1952
Publisher: Manuscript Duration: unknown
Instrumentation: soloists, chorus, 2d2 2d1 2 2, 2 2 3 1, timp, 2 perc (sd, td, bd, cyms, glock, xyl, tub. belss, low bells in F, tamb, gong, chains, iron bar), hp, cel, strings
For two sets of songs from this opera (voices and orchestra/piano) visit Songs: For theatre/concert score visit Music for opera/theatre
     
Caesar and Cleopatra (music for Independant Production Film) 1944
Publisher: Manuscript Duration: 35 mins
Instrumentation: male chorus, 2d1 2d1 2 2, 4 3 3 1, s.sax. buccina (s), cel. solo, vln, strings
     
Christopher Columbus (music for the Gainsborough Pictures film) 1949
Publisher: Manuscript Duration: 45 mins
Instrumentation: mixed chorus, 2d1 2 2 1+1, 4 3 3 0, timp, 3 perc (sd, td, bd, cym, xyl, tamb, cast, bells), gtr, hpschd, hp, strings
     
Two extracts (A) The voyage begins B) Return to Spain)
Publisher: Manuscript Duration: A) 2:30 mins B) 1:45 mins
Instrumentation:
     
Conquest of the air (music for the London Films Production) 1937
Publisher: unpublished (suite pub. see orch.) Duration: unknown
Instrumentation: unknown
For concert suite visit Orchestral Music
     
Men of Two Worlds (music for Two Cities Film) 1935
Publisher: Manuscript Duration: 14 mins
Instrumentation: male chorus,2d1 2+1 2+1 2+1, 4 3 3 0, 8 timp (4 players), 3 perc (bd, tri, gong, 5 players of African drums/tom-toms), cel, harp, strings
For Concert arrangement of no. 4 (Baraza) visit Choral Music For arr. piano and brass band visit Brass and military band music
     
Presence au Combat (music for the Ministry of Information film) 1945
Publisher: Manuscript Duration: 1:30 mins
Instrumentation: 2d1 2 2 2, 2 3 3 1, timp, perc (td), strings
Additional: musical score entitled France Arises: film name aslo known as La France Combattante: excerpts used in government film called Faster than sound (1949)
     
Royal Palace Music (music for television feature: The Royal Palaces of Britain 1966
Suite Publisher: Chappell Duration: 5 mins
Instrumentation: 2+1 1 2 1, 2 2 3 0, timp, perc (sd, cym, gong, wood block, tub. bells), hp, strings
For arr. concert band by Frank Erikson visit Brass and Military Band Music: For arr. piano solo visit Piano Music
     
Seven waves away (music for the Copa Productions Film) 1956
Publisher: Manuscript Duration: 6:30 mins
Instrumentation: 2+1 2 2 2, 4 3 3 0, timp, 2 perc (td, bd, cym), strings
     
Spirit of the age (A) Prelude, B) Postlude of title music for BBC TV series on British architecture) 1975
Publisher: Manuscript Duration: A) 25-30 secs B) 1:10 mins
Instrumentation: 3 trpts, 3 trbs, tuba, timp, sd (A only), cym (B only), piano (ab lib in B)
For concert piece arr. Robert King visit Brass and Military Band Music
     
Things to come (music for the London Films Production film) 1924
Publisher: Unpublished, only manuscript of no. 9 survives Duration: unknown
Instrumentation: 3+2 3+1 3+1 3+1, 4 4 4 1, timp, 3 perc (sd, td, bd, cym, tri, xyl, gong), 2 hps, org, piano, strings
For concert suite arr. Bliss visit Orchestral Music; For arr. brass band visit Brass and Military Band Music; For arr. piano solo visit Piano Music
     
Tobias and the angel (opera in two acts for television) 1960
Publisher: Novello Duration: 45:40 mins
Instrumentation: 2d1 2 2 2, 4 2 3 1, timp, 2 perc (sd, td, bd, cym, tri, glock, xyl, gong, 2 tambs (different pitches), hp, strings
     
War in the air (signature tunes for BBC television) 1954
Publisher: Manuscript Duration: 1:37 mins
Instrumentation: 2 2 2 2, 4 2 3 0, timp, 2 perc (sd, cym), strings
     

Music for radio

Heritage of Britain (two signature tunes for BBC radio feature) 1950
Publisher: Manuscript Duration: 1:13 mins
Instrumentation: 2 2 2 2, 4 3 3 0, timp, perc (sd, cym), strings
Additional: music material from Music for Strings
     
Memorial Concert (incidental music for the radio play by Trudy Bliss) 1946
Publisher: 1+2 unpublished, 3+4 EMI: pub.together as Theme and Cadenza Duration: 1+2: 8:30 mins 3+4: 6:16 mins
Instrumentation: 1 1 2 2, 2 1 3 0, timp, hp, solo vln, strings
     
Your questions answered (title music for BBC radio programme) 1944
Publisher: Manuscript Duration: 44 secs
Instrumentation: 0 2 2 2, 4 2 3 0, timp, sd, strings