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Arthur Bliss Archive

Operas, Ballets and Theatre Music

Operas

The Beggar's Opera (Theatre / Concert score) 1952
Publisher: Novello Duration: unknown
Instrumentation: Ms, T, Bar, chorus, 2+2 2 2 2, 2 2 3 1, timp, 2 perc (sd, td, bd, cyms, glock, xyl, tub. bells, low bell in F, tamb, gong, chains, iron bar), hp, cel (ad lib), strings (doubling unchecked)
For sets of songs from opera visit Songs: For film score visit Music for film and radio
     
The Olympians (Three acts) 1948
Publisher: Novello Duration: unknown
Instrumentation: 2d2 2 2 2d1, 4 2 3 1, timp, 3 perc (sd, bd, cym, tri, glock, xyl, tam-tam, tub. belss, tamb. drum, sl. bells), cel, 2 hps (unison), strings, (+6 off stage tpts in 2 parts)
     
Tobias and the angel (Two acts for Television) 1960
Publisher: Novello Duration: 45,40 mins resp.
Instrumentation: 2d1 2 2 2, 4 2 3 1, timp, 2 perc (sd, td, bd, cym, tri, glock, xyl, gong, 2 tambs (different pitch), hp, strings
     

Ballets

Adam Zero 1946
Publisher: Novello Duration: 40-45 mins
Instrumentation: 2d2 2d1 2d1 (ten. sax.) 2, 4 2 3 1, timp, 4 perc (2 sd, td, cym, tri, glock, xyl, 2 metal bars, tub. bells, vibra, sl. bells, tamb, cow bells, gong, temple block, wind machine), cel, guitar, piano, harp, strings
For concert suite visit Orchestral Music: For arr. piano solo visit Piano Music
     
Checkmate 1937
Publisher: Novello Duration: 44-50 mins
Instrumentation: 21 2d1 2 2, 4 2 3 0, timp, 2 perc (sd, td, bd, cym, tri, glock, xyl, tam-tam, bell, cast, tamb), hp, strings
For concert suite visit Orchestral Music: For arr. piano solo visit Piano Music
     
Diversions (Music for strings choreographed as a ballet) 1935 (1961)
Publisher: Novello Duration: 24:30 mins
Instrumentation: string orchestra
     
Frontier (Quintet for oboe and string quartet choreographed as a ballet) 1927 (1969)
Publisher: OUP Duration: 20 mins
Instrumentation: oboe, string quartet
     
The Lady of Shalott 1958
Publisher: Novello (h) Duration: 35-40 mins
Instrumentation: 2d1 2 2 2, 2 2 1 0, timp, perc 9sd, td, bd, cym, tri, glock, tamb, 2 tub. belss, hp, 1 cel, piano, strings
     
Melee Fantasque 1921 (rev. 1937, 1965)
Publisher: Faber Duration: 11:30-12 mins
Instrumentation: 2+1 2+1 2+1 2+1, 4 3 3 1, timp, 3 perc (sd, bd, cym, glock, xyl, gong, tamb), stringd
Additional: never staged but described as first ballet score by Bliss
     
Miracle in the Gorbals 1944
Publisher: Novello Duration: 35 mins
Instrumentation: 2d1 2d1 2d1 2, 4 2 3 0, timp, perc (sd, bd, cym, tri, glock, xyl, tam-tam, tub.bells, tom-tom), harp, strings and a ship's hooter
For concert suite visit Orchestral Music: For arr. piano solo visit Piano Music
     
Narcissus and Echo (Rhapsody choreographed as a ballet) 1931 (1932)
Publisher: Novello Duration: 7 mins.
Instrumentation: two voices and small orchestra
     
Rout 1920
Publisher: Curwen/Faber Duration: 7 min.
Instrumentation: soprano and ensemble and arr. piano duet
     
Royal Offering (A Colour Symphony choreographed as a ballet) 1921 (1977)
Publisher: Boosey and Hawkes Duration: 30 mins
Instrumentation: 3+3 3+1 3+1 3+1, 4 3 3 1, 6 timp (2 players), cym, 2 hps, strings
     

Incidental music for plays

As you like it (music arr. from Elizabethan sources) 1919
Publisher: unpublished, location unknown Duration: unknown
Instrumentation: solo voices, chorus, string 4tet
     
King Solomon (for a play by Ira Remsen) 1924
Publisher: unpublished, location unknown Duration: unknown
Instrumentation: unknown
     
The Tempest (Overture, interlude and incidental music) 1921
Publisher: Novello (withdrawn) Duration: 5-6 mins
Instrumentation: Tenor, Bass, pf, tpt, trb, 4 timp (4 players), 3 or 4 perc (sd, td, bd, cym, gong, clapper)