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Arthur Bliss Archive

Music for Orchestra

Adam Zero 1946
Ballet in one scene
Publisher: Novello Duration: 40-45 mins
Instrumentation: 2+2 2+1 2 (and 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, cowbells, gong, temple block, wind machine), harp, piano, celeste, strings
     
Concert Suite
Publisher: Novello Duration: 18 mins
Instrumentation: Same as ballet but without ten. sax, metal bars, tamb, tri, dance band percussion
For arr. piano solo visit Piano Music
     
Birthday greeting to Her Majesty 1955
Publisher: Manucript Duration: 1:42 mins
Instrumentation: 2 2+1 2 2, 4 3 3 1, timp, perc (sd, td, bd, cym, glock, xyl), hp, org, strings (doubling unchecked)
     
Bliss: One Step 1923
Publisher: Manuscript Duration: 3 mins
Instrumentation: 2+1 1 2 2, 2 2 0 0, 2 perc (sd, td, bd, cym, tri), hp, strings (doubling unchecked)
For original piano version visit Piano Music
     
Checkmate 1937
Complete ballet
Publisher: Novello Duration: 44-50 mins
Instrumentation: 2d+1 2d1 2 2, 4 2 3 0, 2 perc (sd, td, bd, cym, tri, glock, xyl, tam-tam, bell, cast, tamb), hp, strings
     
Concert Suite
Publisher: Novello Duration: 35 mins
Instrumentation: 2d1 2d1 2 2, 4 2 3 0, timp, 2 perc (sd, bd, cym, xyl, tam-tam, bell), harp, strings
For arr. piano solo visit Piano Music
     
A Colour Symphony 1921-2 (rev.1932)
Publisher: Boosey and Hawkes Duration: 30 mins
Instrumentation: 3d1 2+1 2+1 2+1, 4 3 3 1, timp(2), cym, harp(2), strings
     
Concerto for cello 1970
Publisher: Novello Duration: 26 mins
Instrumentation: 2d1 1 2 2, 2 2 0 0, timp, harp, celeste, strings
     
Concerto for piano, tenor, strings and percussion 1921
Publisher: Goodwin and Tabb (believed destroyed WW 2) Duration: unknown
Instrumentation: perc (sd, bd, xyl), strings
     
Concerto for piano and orchestra in B flat 1938
Publisher: Novello Duration: 35-37:25 mins
Instrumentation: 2+ 2 2 2, 4 2 3 0 timp, string
     
Concerto for two pianos and orchestra (rewritten from his Concerto for piano, tenor, strings and perc.) 1924
Original rewritten version (1924) destroyed by composer
     
Revised version (1925-29)
Publisher: OUP (h) Duration: 12 mins
Instrumentation: 2+1 2+1 2 2, 4 3 3 1, timp (2 players), 3 perc, strings
     
Second revised version (1950)
Publisher: OUP (h) Duration: 12 mins
Instrumentation: 2d1 2d1 2 2, 4 3 3 0, timp, 2 perc (sd, bd, cym, glock, xyl), strings (3rd trpt ad lib - cued in horns
     
Arranged by Clifford Phillips for two pianos (3 hands) (1968)
Publisher: OUP (h) Duration: 12 mins
Instrumentation: 2+1 2 2 2, 4 3 3 0, timp, 2 perc (sd, bd, cym, glock, xyl), strings (vcs and dbs cued in places): (doubling unchecked)
     
Concerto for violin and orchestra 1955
Publisher: Novello Duration: 40 mins (optional cut of 3 mins)
Instrumentation: 2d1 1 2 2, 3 2 3 0, timp, perc (bd, cym), harp, strings
     
Conquest of the air 1937
Publisher: Boosey and Hawkes Duration: 12 mins
Instrumentation: 2d2 2 2 2, 4 2 3 1, timp, 3 perc (sd, 2 cym, tri), cel, hp, strings (1 perc alone is required in all mvts with 2nd and 3rd players in the March)
For music from film visit Music for film and radio
     
Discourse for orchestra 1957 (recomp.1965)
Publisher: Novello Duration: 19 mins
Instrumentation: 3d2 2+1 2 2+1, 4 3 3 0, timp, 2 perc (sd, bd, cym, glock, xyl, gong), harp, strings
     
Edinburgh 1956
Publisher: Novello Duration: 10 mins
Instrumentation: 2d1 2 2(in A) 2, 4 2 3 0, timp, 3 perc (sd, bd, cym, tamb, gong), harp, strings
     
Fanfare Prelude for orchestra 'Macclesfield' 1966
Publisher: Novello Duration: 2 mins
Instrumentation: 2 2 2 2, 4 2 3 0, timp, perc (sd, cym), strings
     
Fire dance (Sinding arr. Bliss) 1921
Publisher: unpublished, location unknown Duration: unknown
Instrumentation: orchestra details unknown
     
Hymn to Apollo 1926 (rev.1965)
Original version (1926)
Publisher: Universal Edition (withdrawn) Duration: unknown
Instrumentation: 3 1+1 2 2, 4 2 3 0, timp, 2 perc (bd, tub.bells, 2 players of 6 kettle drums), harp, celeste, strings
     
Revised version (1965)
Publisher: Universal Edition Duration: 10 mins
Instrumentation: 2d1 1+1 2 2, 4 2 3 0, timp, 2 perc (bd, cym, tub. bells), cel, hp, strings
     
Introduction and Allegro 1926 (rev.1937)
Publisher: (Univeral Edition 1937):Boosey and Hawkes 1951 Duration: 12 mins
Instrumentation: (original version) 2+1 2+1 2+1 2+1, 4 3 3 1, timp, 2 perc (sd, xyl, glock, gong), harp, strings
     
March in homage in honour of a Great man 1965
Publisher: Novello (h) Duration: 4:15 mins
Instrumentation: 2d2 2 2 2. 4 2 3 1, timp, 4 perc (2 sd of different pitch muffles, bd, cym), strings
For arr. piano solo visit Piano Music: For arr. military band visit Brass and Military Band Music
     
March: The Phoenix-Homage to France 1945
Publisher: Novello Duration: 6 mins
Instrumentation: 1+1 2+1 2+1 2+1, 4 3 3 1, timp, 3 perc (sd, bd, cym, tub. bells), strings
     
Meditations on a theme by John Blow 1955
Publisher: Novello Duration: 30 mins
Instrumentation: 3d3 2+1 2+1 2+1, 4 3 3 1, timp, 4 perc (sd, td, bd, cym, glock, xyl(4 octaves), gong, tub.bells, sheep bells), harp, celeste, strings
     
Melee Fantastique 1921 (rev.1937 and 1965)
Publisher: (Curwen 1924):Faber Duration: 11.5-12 mins
Instrumentation: 2+1 2+1 2+1 2+1, 4 3 3 1, timp, 3 perc (sd, bd, cym, glock, xyl, gong, tamb), strings
     
Men of two worlds 1935
Concert Item: Baraza
Publisher: Novello (2 pf)Duration: 8 mins
Instrumentation: 1+1 1 2 2, 2 2 3 0, timp, perc (sd, td, xyl), strings
For incidental music from film visit Music for film and radio
     
Metamorphic Variations 1972
Publisher: Novello Duration: 40 mins (35 mins with cut)
Instrumentation: 3d2 2+1 2+1 2+1, 4 3 3 1, timp, 4 perc (sd, td, bd, small timbales[F# and G], cym[clashed, susp, 'sizzle' and unstrapped on timp], tub.bells, tam-tam, glock, xyl, vib), harp, celeste, strings
     
Miracle in the Gorbals 1944
Ballet in one scene
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
     
Concert Suite
Publisher: Novello Duration: 20 mins
Instrumentation: 2d2 2d1 2+1(+bass cl.?) 2, 4 2 3 0, timp, perc (sd, xyl, tam-tam, tub.bells, tom-tom), harp, strings, ship's hooter
For arr. piano solo visit Piano Music
     
Music for Strings 1935
Publisher: Novello Duration: 23 mins
Instrumentation: String orchestra
     
Polonaise (orch. from Suite for piano, 1925) 1925
Publisher: Manuscript Duration: 4 mins
Instrumentation: 2d1 2 2 2, 4 2 3 1, timp, perc (bd, cym, gong), piano, strings
     
Processional 1953
Publisher: Novello Duration: 8 mins
Instrumentation: 3 2 2+1, 4 3 3 1, timp, 3 perc (cym, glock, military drum), org, strings
     
Pyanepsion (final movement of A Colour Symphony) 1922
Publisher: Curwen Duration: 7:30 mins
Instrumentation: 3d1 2+1 2+1 2+1, 4 3 3 1, 6timp (2 players), perc (sd, gong), 1or 2 hps, strings
     
Royal Palace Music (music for the television feature, The Royal Palace of Britain: Suite) 1966
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 (doubling unchecked)
For arr. concert band visit Brass and Military Band: For arr. piano solo visit Piano Music
     
Salute to the RAF 1956
Publisher: Manuscript Duration: 40 secs
Instrumentation: 2 2 2 2, 4 2 3 1, timp, 2 perc (sd, cym), strings
     
Set of Act and Dances (Purcell arr. Bliss) 1921
Publisher: Curwen/Faber Duration: 7:56 mins
Instrumentation: string orchestra
     
Things to come 1934-5
Concert Suite
Publisher: Novello Duration: 17 mins
Instrumentation: 2+2 2+1 2 2, 4 3 3 1, timp, 2 perc (sd, td, bd, cym, tri), harp, strings
For film score visit Music for film and radio: For brass, military excerpts visit Brass and Military Band Music: For arr. piano solo visit Piano Music
     
Two contrasts for orchestra (mvts 2+3 of String 4tet no. 2) 1972
Publisher: Novello Duration: 10:37 mins
Instrumentation: string orchestra: upper parts as in 4tet, db added by composer)
     
Two studies for orchestra 1920
Publisher: Novello Duration: 11.5 mins
Instrumentation: 2+1 2+1 3+1 3+1, 4 2 3 1, timp, 2 perc (sd, bd, glock, tri, xyl), harp, celeste, strings
     
Twone, the House of Felicity 1923
The first movement of a "Suite: Captions: being five glimpses of an anonymous theme" by Arthur Bliss, Herbert Bedford, Eugène Goossens, Felix White, and Gerrard Williams.
Publisher: Manuscript (British Library) Duration: unknown
Instrumentation: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, string 4tet, bass, one drum & tambourine
     
Welcome the Queen 1954
Original version
Publisher: Chappell (h) Duration: 5 mins
Instrumentation: 2d1 1 2 1+1, 2 2 3 0, timp, perc (sd, bd, cym), strings
Published version
Publisher: Chappell (h) Duration: 5 mins
Instrumentation: 2+1 1 2 1, 2 2 3 0, timp, perc (sd, bd, cym), strings (doubling unchecked)
For arr. piano solo visit Piano Music: For arr. brass, military band visit Brass and Military Band Music