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Letters - part 7

Letters to and from Arthur Bliss written between 1972 and the 1975

This archive comprises the surviving original letters sent to Arthur Bliss and original and photocopies of letters sent by him. During the years after his death Lady Bliss endeavoured to obtain originals and copies of as many letters by Sir Arthur as she could from the correspondents themselves or the archives that held them. It does not pretend to be exhaustive, for instance it does not include letters in the BBC Written Archives Centre or the British Library.

The letters are arranged here 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. Letters from officers of institutions or secretaries of individuals are under the institution or individual, e.g. letters from Michael Adeane, personal secretary to Queen Elizabeth, are filed under Elizabeth II.

For pratical purposes each file contains about 150 letters.

 

Writer Date Description and content

Addresses/Provenance

 

Culot, Hubert L.J.

[Between 1970 and 1974] (undated)

T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir") : "I feel deeply frustrated when I notice that such an important work as 'Morning Heroes' has not been recorded yet" / signed "H.L.J. Culot".

Address from: 1 Quai Bonaparte, 4000 Liege, Belgium. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Morning Heroes - A Colour Symphony - The Enchantress - Violin Concerto - Piano Concerto - Quintets, clarinet, strings - the String Quartets - Adam Zero Suite - the suite 'Miracle in the Gorbals' - the suite 'Things to Come' - The Beatitudes - The Olympians - Cello concerto". 

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/01/01 (January 1st 1972)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "Your help is inestimable, and I am immensely grateful" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as inferred: [The Olympians]
Names as mentioned: "Archie [Archibald Newman] - Ann".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/01/04 (January 4th 1972)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "Forgive!... As a result of silent self-communion I have altered four cuts in 'The Olympians'" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "The Olympians".
Names as mentioned: "love to you both".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Weeks, Donald F.

1972/01/08 (Jan 8, 1972)

A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "Well at last your book As I Remember arrived" / signed "Mr Weeks".

Address from: 7540 Hampton Ave. 201 West Hollywood California 90046 U.S.A.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "As I Remember - the Concerto [Piano concerto in B flat major] - Adam Zero - cello concerto".
Names as mentioned: "Elgar - T. [Theodore] Roosevelt – [Gustav] Holst – [Ralph] Vaughan Williams – [Dmitri] Shostakovich - Igor Stravinsky - Arnold Schoenberg – [Adrian] Boult".
Places as mentioned: "Hollywood Bowl - California - U.S.A.".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/01/09 (January 9th 1972)

To Carolyn Wilson ("Carolyn") : "Thank you for the curricule vitae and enclosures" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

 

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Glasgow Phoenix Choir (R. Proven, secretary)

1972/01/12 (12th January, 1972)

T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "We are holding an extra special Dinner and Dance... and we would esteem it an honour if you would be able to attend this function" / signed "R. Proven, General Secretary".

Address from: 22, Vorlich Gardens, Bearsden, by Glasgow. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Graeme Ferguson - Mr Mooney".
Institutions as mentioned: "B.B.C.".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/01/16 (January 16th 1972)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George & Ann Dannatt ("George and Ann") : "Thank you for another lovely evening, for support at the meeting" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

 

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/01/23 (January 23rd, 1972)

A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Wid") : "I have had a happy time reading your Autobiography" / signed "AB".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London, N.W.8.

 

 

Works as mentioned: "Autobiography / [by Ruth Gipps]- "Concerto for Lance" [Horn concerto] / [Ruth Gipps]".
Names as mentioned: "Lance" [Lance Baker].
Institutions as mentioned: "Composers' Guild".

Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/02/07 (February 7th 1972)

A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Wid") : "Thank you so much for your letter, and for going to see Peter Gould" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London, NW8 OPN.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Cello Concerto" - "The Olympians".
Names as mentioned: "Lance will be playing in 'The Olympians'" [Lance Baker].
Other works as mentioned: "Symphony [no. 4]" / [by Ruth Gipps].

Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/02/14 (February 14th 1972)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "I am pretty convinced that your idea of the end of the Opera is the right one" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "the opera"  [The Olympians]
Names as mentioned: "B.F. [Bryan Fairfax] - Trudy".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/03/04 (March 4th 1972)

A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Wid") : "... I was delighted with the praise of the trouser suit" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London, NW8 OPN.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Cello Concerto" - "The Olympians".
Names as mentioned: "Regarding Lance [Baker] joining the PRS as an arranger - Denis de Freitas".
Institutions as mentioned: "PRS" [Performing Rights Society].

Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/03/05 (March 5th 1972)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "Trudy said that you might like a final copy of the cuts" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "the Opera".  [The Olympians]
Names as mentioned: "Trudy - Joan Joubert".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/03/08 (March 8th 1972)

A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Wid") : "ROUT. I am so pleased about this" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London, NW8 OPN.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Rout".
Other music as mentioned: "Symphony [no. 4] / [Ruth Gipps].
Names as mentioned: "Lance [Baker] - Pinfold".
Institutions as mentioned: "Curwen & Sons - Faber Music (Donald Mitchell) - Kenneth Roberton".

Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/03/15 (March 15th 1972)

A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Wid") : "I have now found out that the *full score and orchestral parts or Rout are at Faber Music ... *not the chamber version" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London, NW8 OPN.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Rout".
Names as mentioned: "Martin Kingsbury - Donald Mitchell".
Institutions as mentioned: "Faber Music".

Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/03/15 (March 15th 1972)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "Exhibition of Pictures by George Dannatt. Hold your breath - and if Trudy and I have done wrong - kick us" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as inferred: [The Olympians]
Names as mentioned: "Trudy - Archie Newman – [John] Bratby - Mr Tearle, General Manager of the Hall".
Institutions as mentioned: "the Hall" [Fairfield Hall, Croydon]

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/03/18 (March 18th 1972)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to William Alwyn ("Bill") / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Other music as mentioned: "recording of your [String] Quartet and trio - do keep steady with the opera [Miss Julie?]" [all by William Alwyn]

Provenance: Mary Alwyn 1987 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

McSorley, Andrew.

1972/03/21 (21.3.72)

A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "when I joined the Stirling County record library I came across a recording of the Colour symphony and the Introduction and Allegro, two works which I enjoyed immensely" / signed "Andrew McSorley".

Address from: 210 Bulloch Cresent Denny Stirlingshire. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Colour Symphony - Introduction and Allegro - Angels of the Mind - John Blow Meditations [     Meditations on a theme by John Blow] - The World is charged [with the grandeur of God] - Violin Concerto - The Olympians".  
Other music as mentioned: "Music for strings, percussion and celeste" [by Bartok].
Institutions as mentioned: "B.B.C.".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/03/23 (March 23rd 1972)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "This is just a short note to say that Trudy and I understand perfectly how you feel" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Music by Bliss inferred: Knot of riddles
Names as mentioned: "Archie [Newman] - Ann - Karen - Karen's children - Mrs Crossley-Holland - Kevin Crossley-Holland - Book of Exeter's Riddles - Trudy".
Places as mentioned: "Blandford".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/03/29 (Mrch 29th, 1972)

A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Wid") : "Your last letter is one that I cold not answer by return of post!..." / signed "AB".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London, N.W.8.

 

 

Subject matter: [advice on whether to apply for the post of Director of the Royal College of Music]
Institutions as mentioned: "RCM [Royal College of Music]".

Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12.

Heath, Edward.

1972/04/04 (4 April, 1972)

T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "I wanted to write and congratulate you upon the... celebration of William Walton" / signed "Edward Heath".

Address from: 10 Downing Street Whitehall. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "the celebration for William Walton". [Ode for Sir William Walton] 

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/04/24 (April 24th 1972)

A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Wid") : "Thank you very much for the L.R.O. brochure ..." / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London, NW8 OPN.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Rout".
Names as mentioned: "Rosalind Abrahams - Lance [Baker]".
Institutions as mentioned: "RCM [Royal College of Music]".

Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12.

Flack, Frank M.

1972/04/25 (April 25, 1972)

T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir") : "I have acquired a collection of Autographs belonging to people who are associated with the art of music... I should like to invite you to add your signature to my collection" / signed "Frank M. Flack".

Address from: 3827 Goodland Avenue, Studio City, California, U.S.A.
Address to: Savile Club, 69, Brook Street, London, W1, England.

 

 

 Names as mentioned: "Prof. Max Daehler".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Zannetton, Costas.

1972/04/27 (27th April 1972)

A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur Bliss") : "I want to thank you for, and tell you of the endless beauty, pleasure and enjoyment, I have found in your Colour Symphony" / signed "Costas Zannetton".

Address from: 291 Brompton Road London S.W.3. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Colour Symphony". 

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/04/27 (April 27th 1972)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "It is so good of you to give me information about Trevor's participation on the South Bank Scheme" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Trevor [Dannatt] - L.S.O.[London Symphony Orchestra] - Ann".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/05/02 (May 2nd 1972)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Marguerite Wolff ("Marguerite") : "It is good news that you are off again this autumn venturing behind from the Curtain" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "the Sonata [Piano sonata] - Triptych".
Names as mentioned: "Louis [Kentner]".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/05/05 (5/5/72)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Marguerite Wolff ("Marguerite") : "Please forgive postcard to thank you so much for the welcome birthday greetings from all you three" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Trudy".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/05/07 (May 7th 1972)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "I thought you might like to read the tailend of Mrs Lawrence's letter" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

 Names as mentioned: "Mrs Lawrence - Harold Lawrence the General Manager L.S.O. [London Symphony Orchestra]".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/05/19 (May 19th 1972)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "Thank you so much for so kindly lending me the volumes of Paustovsky" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "a new large scale orchestral work ('Transformations'...".  [Metamophic variations]
Names as mentioned: "[Konstantin Georgievich] Paustovsky - Ann - Roger wrote to us... (he has never got over his wife's death)".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/05/24 (May 24th 1972)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to William Alwyn ("Bill") : "kind gift of your chamber music record" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

 Music by others as mentioned:  "your chamber music" [William Alwyn]

Provenance: Mary Alwyn 1987 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/05/24 (May 24th 1972)

A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Wid") : "Thank you very much for your letter. I had already marked down 'noon today' ..." / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London, NW8 OPN.

 

 

Other music as mentioned: "brilliant performance of your [Piano] Concerto".
Institutions as mentioned: "BBC Northern [Symphony Orchestra] - "RFH on the 29th [Royal Festival Hall]".

Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/06/17 (June 17th/72)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "I have had such a lovely seven days here... I took the liberty of not only going into the Studio, but of unwrapping the pictures piled in your music room and having a good study of them" / sign

Address from: 58 East Hatch. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "helped me complete my XIth transformation" [Metamorphic variations].
Other music as mentioned: "Symphony no. 3 - King Priam" [both by Michael Tippett].
Names as mentioned: "Mildred Bronson - Herbert Howells - Ann".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/06/28 (June 28th 1972)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "I am going to the Garrick tomorrow to put your name in the Members Book" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

 Names as mentioned: "Roger – [Alan] Lamboll".
Institutions as mentioned: "Garrick [Club] "

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/07/18 (July 18th 1972)

A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Wid") : "ROUT. I am so glad the Rosalind Abraham enjoyed the run through ..." / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London, N.W.8.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Rout ... I have in certain places transposed notes higher - Cello Concerto".
Names as mentioned: "Rosalind Abraham - Basil Ramsey, at Novellos".

Institutions as mentioned: "R.C.M. [Royal College of Music]".

 

Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/07/22 (July 22nd 1972)

A.postcard.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Wid") : "Many congratualtions" / signed "AB".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London, N.W.8.
Address to (on envelope): Allfathings, Hermitage Road, Kenley, Surrey GR2 5EB

 

 

 

Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/08/02 (August 2nd 1972)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George & Ann Dannatt ("dear Both") : "What a lovely bundle of gifts have greeted my 81st!" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

 Names as mentioned: "Trudy - George Mitchell - Monteverdi - Tippett - Satie – [Georges] Simenon - my poor ill brother [Howard Bliss]".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/08/05 (August 5th /72)

A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Wid") : "What a lovely picture of Petrouka! ..." / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London, NW8 0PN.

 

 

 

Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/08/16 (August 16th 1972)

A.postcard.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Wid") : "I went through 'Rount' with Rosalind Abrahams to-day..." / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London, N.W.8.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Rout".
Names as mentioned: "Rosalind Abrahams - Lance [Baker]".
Institutions as mentioned: "Duke's Hall [Royal Academy of Music] - R.F.H. [Royal Festival Hall]".

Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/08/19 (August 19th 1972)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "When I jumped at your kind invitation to see 'Taverner' with you on Sept. 26th I did not realise that I had a hard day's television work on the following day" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Other music as mentioned: "Taverner" [by Peter Maxwell Davies].
Names as mentioned: "Ann - Trudy".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Dannatt, George.

1972/08/22 (22nd August 1972)

Photocopy of T.L.S. (or carbon copy?) to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "Tippett, Michael. Knot garden, The" / signed "George".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "that 'large orchestral piece - The Colour Symphony".
Other music as mentioned: "Taverner [Peter Maxwell Davies] - The Knot Garden [Michael Tippett]".
Other writings as mentioned: "Themes & Conclusions" [Igor Stravinsky and Robert Craft].
Names as mentioned: "my sculptor friend Denis Mitchell - Trudy - GD - Ann - Tippett - Joany Joubert - Igor - Robert - Mr John Lambert".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/08/24 (August 24th 1972)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "I think it a splendid idea that the proposed show should be a joint one with Denis Mitchell" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "I have finished the preliminary sketch... Title - NOT Transformations or Transmutations I think".  [Metamorphic variations]
Names as mentioned: "Denis Mitchell - Robert  [Craft] – Igor [Stravinsky]".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Falkner, Keith.

1972/09/07 (Thursday 7.ix.72)

A.S. picture postcard to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur Bliss K.C.V.O.") : "Thank you so much for your letter and score of 'A Song of Welcome'" / signed "Keith Falkner".

 Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "A Song of Welcome".
Names as mentioned: "Tony Lewis [Sir Anthony Lewis] - John Denison".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/09/10 (Sept 10th 1972)

A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Wid") : "Will you send me - for distribution three dozen leaflets for the Concert on Sept. 22nd [?=29th] ..." / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London, NW8 0PN.

 

 

Institutions as mentioned: "Q.E.H. [Queen Elizabeth Hall]".

Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/09/11 (Sept. 11th 1972)

A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") / signed "A.".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "the book". [As I remember]
Names as mentioned: "Barbara - Dyneley Hussey - Frank Howes - C.U.M.S. [Cambridge University Musical Society] - Ursula Vaughan Williams - about his [Ralph Vaughan Williams] letter- Uncle Shelley [Davies] - Nellie [Davies] - Henry Wood".
Institutions as mentioned: "Lion’s Club of Los Angeles".
Places as mentioned: "Cheltenham - Hollywood Bowl".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/09/10 (Sept 12th 1972)

A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Wid") : "Thank you for the leaflets, which are going out to likely comers ..." / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London, NW8 0PN.

 

 

Event inferred: "rehearsal on the 29th [Concert in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, with Julian Lloyd Webber playing Bliss' Cello concerto]

Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/09/10 (Sept 15th 1972)

A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Wid") : "Thank you so much for the 2 tickets ..." / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London, NW8 0PN.

 

 

Event inferred: [Concert in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, with Julian Lloyd Webber playing Bliss' Cello concerto]
Other music as mentioned: "Of course I will look at Lance [Baker]'s Symphony when he has finished it"

Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/09/20 (September 20th 1972)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "How kind you are to think of sending me 'Writers at Work'" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Other works as mentioned: "Writers at Work".
Names as mentioned: "Trudy [Bliss] - Ann [Dannatt]".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/09/20 (September 20th 1972)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to Ann Dannatt ("Sly-Pussy") : "I am so glad that you will both be with us in the Q.E.H. on the 29th" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Tobias and the Angel".
Names as mentioned: "Trudy".
Institutions as mentioned: "Q.E.H. [Queen Elizabeth Hall] - Basil Douglas Ltd. - B.B.C.".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/10/02 (Oct 2nd 1972)

A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Wid") : "Firstly, thank you for the tickets for the RCM Concert on the 28th ..." / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London, NW8 0PN.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "my Concerto [Cello concerto]
Names as mentioned: "Julian [Lloyd Webber]"
Institutions as mentioned: "RCM" [Royal College of Music]

Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/10/02 (Oct 2nd 1972)

A.L.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Wid") : "I thought you would like to see this letter for Belinda Norman-Butler ..." / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London, NW8 0PN.

 

 

Event inferred: [Concert in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, with Julian Lloyd Webber playing Bliss' Cello concerto]

Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12.

Alwyn, William.

1972/10/11 (Oct. 11, 1972.)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") / signed "Bill".

Address from: Lark Rise, Blythburgh. 

 

 

Other music as mentioned: "Symphony no. 3 - Mirages" [William Alwyn]
Names as mentioned: "[Sir Thomas] Beecham".

Provenance: Mary Alwyn 1987 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/10/14 (October 14th 1972)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to William Alwyn ("Bill") / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Other music as mentioned: "3rd Symphony" [William Alwyn] 

Provenance: Mary Alwyn 1987 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Alwyn, William.

1972/10/21 (Oct.21.1972)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") / signed "Bill".

Address from: Lark Rise, Blythburgh. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Rout - Morning Heroes - Colour Symphony".
Other music as mentioned: "[Dream of] Gerontius [Elgar] - Cello concerto [Elgar] - On Wenlock Edge [Ralph Vaughan Williams]  - 3rd Symphony [William Alwyn] ".
Other works as mentioned: - "Daphne and Apollo" [sculpture by Bernini].
Names as mentioned: "Debussy - Stravinsky - Puccini - Delius - V.W. - Ravel - Ben Britten - Tippett - Michelangelo".

Provenance: Mary Alwyn 1987 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/10/22 (Oct 22nd 1972)

A.postcard.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Wid") : "Will you forgive me if I do not venture our on Saturday next to the Concert ..." / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London, N.W.8.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Rout"
Names as mentioned: "Rosalind Abraham

Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/10/22 (Oct 25th 1972)

A.postcard.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Wid") : "It is exciting news that you have finished the Symphony ..." / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London, N.W.8.

 

 

Other music as mentioned: "Symphony [no. 4 / Ruth Gipps]
Names as mentioned: "Good luck to you and Rosalind Abrahams on Sat.

Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/10/27 (Oct 27th 1972)

A.postcard.S. to Ruth Gipps ("Wid") : "Put down Tuesday December 12th ... lunch at 12.30 or thereabouts ..." / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London, N.W.8.

 

 

Other music as mentioned: "a good look at the Symphony [no. 4 / Ruth Gipps]

Provenance: Ruth Gipps, December 1995/09/12.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/10/30 (Oct 30th 1972)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to William Alwyn ("Bill") / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Other music as mentioned: "3rd Symphony - The magic island" [William Alwyn].
Names as mentioned: "John McCabe - Cyril Conolly - Nicolai de Laquer".

Provenance: Mary Alwyn 1987 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Rainier, Priaulx.

1972/11/03 (3 Nov 71)

A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "How good of you to write! I feel in a way you are godfather to my works" / signed "Priaulx".

Address from: Tregenna Steps Studio St Ives Cornwall. 

 

 

Music by Priaulx Ranier as mentioned: "my Quartet [String quartet] - Requiem".
Names as mentioned: "David Garcoynes Collected Poems".
Institutions as mentioned: "Novellos".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Keynote Opera Society Ltd. (Secretary: Topsy Levan).

1972/11/06 (6 November, 1972)

T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "Thank you very much for sending on the reply from the Pilgrim Trust" / signed "Topsy Levan".

Address from: 17 Bushwood Road Kew Green Richmond. 

 

 

 Names as mentioned: "Sir Edward [Boyle]".
Institutions as mentioned: "Pilgrim Trust - Gulbenkian Foundation - R.V.W. Trust [Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust] - Musicians Union".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Gilels, Emil.

1972/11/12 (Nov 12th 1972)

A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur Bliss") : "It gave me great pleasure that you had not forgotten me and came to the concert [on November 7th] by the London Symphony Orchestra" / signed "Emil Gilels".

Address from: Manchester. 

 

 

 Names as mentioned: "London Symphony Orchestra - your charming wife".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/11/23 (November 23rd 1972)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("Georgio") : "Just a few words about the Garrick lunch on Dec. 7th" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Other works as mentioned: "April in Venice"
Names as mentioned: "Dr William Cole - V.W. [Ralph Vaughan Williams] - Ivor Newton - Ian Hunter - Roger, Falk - Nicolas Bentley – [Goffredo] Petrassi - April in Venice - Trudy".
Institutions as mentioned: "the Garrick [Club] ".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/11/26 (November 26th 1972)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "Your long typed letter of Sunday and the enclosed letter from Victor Waddington arrived together" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Victor Waddington".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/12/03 (Dec. 3rd 1972)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Marguerite Wolff ("Marguerite") : "I/We are looking forward so much to next Sunday" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

 Names as mentioned: "Clive Marks - Trudy".
Places as mentioned: "Wigmore Hall".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/12/09 (Dec. 9th 1972)

A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") : "Many thanks for sending me the two old letters of 1871" / signed "A.".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

 Names as mentioned: "Stanley Gibbons - Betty [Davis] - Nelly [Davis] - Trudy - Carol - Herbert Howells - Michael or Mike - Bar".
Insitutions as mentioned: "Royal College of Music
Places as mentioned: "Blandford [Karen’s home]".".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/12/11 (December 11th 1972)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to William Alwyn ("Bill") / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Other writings as mentioned: "Daphne" [William Alwyn]. 

Provenance: Mary Alwyn 1987 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1972/12/14 (Dec 14th 1972)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Marguerite Wolff ("Marguerite") : "I thought your playing beautiful that evening - such lovely finger work" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Other music as mentioned: "Waldstein [Beethoven Piano sonata] - Chopin".
Names as mentioned: "Clive Marks".
Institutions as mentioned: "Novellos".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/01/03 (January 3rd 1973)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "Thank you so much for your letter. How satisfactory it is when mutual and equally warm thanks can be exchanged!" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Here are the 15 sections of my 'Variations'" [Metamorphic variations]
Names as mentioned: "Trudy".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/01/03 (January 3rd 1973)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "Just a short note to say how pleased I was that you will be checking for me the orchestral parts of my new Variations" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Variations" [Metamorphic variations]
Names as mentioned: "Mrs Ratcliffe".

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/01/08 (January 8th 1973)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "... the original idea of Variation form ... did come from your visual variations 'Tantris'" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "my new commissioned work". [Metamorphic variations]
Names as mentioned: "[Johann Wolfgang von]Goethe".
Institutions as mentioned: "Novellos".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/01/11 (January 11th 1973)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Marguerite Wolff ("Marguerite") : "I am so pleased about Budapest - what a sport you are!" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Places as mentioned: "Budapest - New York".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/01/15 (January 18th 1973)

A.L.S. to J.R. Hugh Taylor ("Mr Taylor") : "My memories of Denis Browne, wholly at Cambridge, are rather few" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "As I Remember".
Other music as mentioned: "On Wenlock Edge [Ralph Vaughan Williams] – Diaphenia [set by W.C. Denis Browne]".
Names as mentioned: "[W.C.] Denis Browne - Steuart Wilson - Rupert Brooke".
Institutions as mentioned: "C.U.M.S." [Cambridge University Musical Society]
Places as mentioned: "Cambridge".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur & Gertrude.

1973/01/31 (January 31st 1973)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "The enclosed brochure has been sent to me... by Enid" / signed "the Geologist and the Composer".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "the rehearsals for my/your work are both (unfortunately) in the Fairfield Hall itself". [Metamorphic variations]
Names as mentioned: "Enid".
Institutions as mentioned: "Fairfield Hall - Croydon Arts Festival".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/02/04 (February 4th 1973)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to William Alwyn ("Bill") / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Other music as mentioned: " 3rd Symphony - Magic island" [both by William Alwyn]
Other writings as mentioned: "Winter in Copenhagen - Anthology of XXth Century French poetry"  [both by or edited by William Alwyn]

Provenance: Mary Alwyn 1987 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Alwyn, William.

1973/02/07 (Feb. 07, 1973)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") / signed "Bill".

Address from: Lark Rise, Blythburgh.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

Other music as mentioned: "Daphne - 2nd symphony - 3rd - 4th - 5th symphony - Miss Julie" [all by William Alwyn]
Names as mentioned: "[August] Strindberg - Sir Thomas Brown - Sir John B. McEwen".

Provenance: Mary Alwyn 1987 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/02/07 (Feb. 7th 1973)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "I hear that the string parts of my Variations are ready for your most valued scrutiny" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Variations" [Metamorphic variations]
Places as mentioned: "London".

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/02/25 (Feb 25th 1973)

A.L.S. to J.R. Hugh Taylor ("Mr Taylor") : "The Songs for Orchestra and Denis Browne and Rootham were not a joint effort but were as I remember a few by each composer" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place London. 

 

 

Other music as mentioned: "Songs".
Names as mentioned: "Denis Browne - Cyril Rootham".
Institutions as mentioned: "Curwen Press".
Places as mentioned: "Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/02/25 (February 25th 1973)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Marguerite Wolff ("Marguerite") : "Have just returned to find your nice card - and enclosed letter from the Embassy - so glad of your success" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Peter??, Martin".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/02/26 (Feb. 26th 1973)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "Just to say that I am back in London now, and shall be here during March" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Places as mentioned: "London".

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/02/28 (February 28th 1973)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "Will you come to lunch here with us" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "the original score". [Metamorphic variations]
Names as mentioned: "Marcel Gardner - Vernon Handley".

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/03/03 (March 3rd 1973)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George & Ann Dannatt ("George and Ann") : "How kind of you to visit the birthplace of the XVIth century Blisses" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Other music as mentioned: "Vespers" [by Monteverdi].
Other works as mentioned: "A Symphony in Four Colours" [by Geroge Dannatt]
Names as mentioned: "London Orpheus Choir - James Gaddarn".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/03/12 (March 12th 1973)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "I should like to have our final meeting here with you, when you have finished the part-corrections" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

 Music by Bliss inferred: [Metamorphic variations]

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/03/13 (March 13th 1973)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to William Alwyn ("Bill") / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Other music as mentioned: "Violin concerto [Elgar] - 2nd symphony [Elgar] - coming into your own [Alwyn], in for instance, the last few bars of the 1st movement & the 3rd of the Symphony".
Other works as mentioned: "The Rudiments of Paradise" [painting by Michael Ayrton].
Names as mentioned: "Elgar - Charles Proctor".
Places as mentioned: "Queen’s Hall"...

Provenance: Mary Alwyn 1987 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/03/23 (March 23rd 1973)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "Trudy tells me that you listened-in to my Pastoral last Tuesday" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "my Pastoral [Pastoral ’Lie strewn the white flocks’] - the Knot of Riddles".
Names as mentioned: "S.P.".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/03/25 (March 25th 1973)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "For the conductor's guidance I have added four more indications" / signed "Arthur Bliss". [Metamorphic variations]

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Mr [George] Rizza".

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via the Bliss Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/03/29 (March 29th 1973)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George & Ann Dannatt ("Dear both") : "I wouldn't have missed seeing 'Yukino Jo Henge'' for anything" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Other works as mentioned:  "'Yukino Jo Henge'" [Yukinojō Henge is a kabuki play]
Names as mentioned:  "John Shaw".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/04/04 (April 4th 1973)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "Vernon Handley now has the photo-score you left with me" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "the photo-score". [Metamoprhic variations]
Names as mentioned: "Vernon Handley - L.S.O. [London Symphony Orchestra] - Mr Davies".
Places as mentioned: "States".

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/04/06 (April 6th 1971)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Benjamin Britten ("Ben") : "I am exceedingly sorry to hear that you are laid up in hospital for some considerable time. I sympathise very much with you" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

 

Provenance: Britten Estate 1983 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/04/10 (April 10th 1973)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Marguerite Wolff ("Marguerite") : "Yesterday my neighbour, Mrs Atkin, brought round to me the programme of the concert in N.Y." / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Mrs Atkin - Trudy – Crystel [Macnab] ".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/04/11 (April 11th 1973)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "Here are the two seats for Ann and you for the 21st [for first performance of Metamorphic variations]" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music inferred: [Metamorphic variations].
Names as mentioned: "Ann".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/04/11 (April 11th 1973)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Marguerite Wolff ("Marguerite") : "I thought you would like to see the enclosed which crossed a letter of mine to Arved Kurtz thanking him warmly for his special participation in the planning" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Arved Kurtz - Trudy".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/04/19 (April 19th 1973)

A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") : "Thank you for your good wishes - the first rehearsal at Croydon yesterday went very well" / signed "A.".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Address to: Northbrook, Martins Road, Brockenhurst, Hants SO4 7TP.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "this circa 40 minutes work of mine". [Metamorphic variations]
Names as mentioned: "Trudy - Richie - Barbara - Michael - Enid".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/04/19 (April 19th 1973)

A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") : "I thought you might like to see this picture of the 'Great Globe' taken from the air, which was sent us by the Dannatts..." / signed "A.".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Address to: Northbrook, Martins Road, Brockenhurst, Hants SO4 7TP.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "my Variations" [Metamorphic variations].
Names as mentioned: "the Dannatts – Nellie [Davies]".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Gertrude.

1973/04/22 (April 22nd 1973)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George & Ann Dannatt ("Darling dedicatees") : "My freesias are in the hall and the fragrance pervades the house" / signed "Trudy".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "any 1st performance of a work of A.'s" [Metamorphic variations]
Names as mentioned: "A. - K.'s portrait".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/04/22 (Easter Day 1973)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George & Ann Dannatt ("Dear Both") : "What lovely flowers' I did not for the moment think that they were meant for me" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Variations" [Metamorphic variations]
Other works as mentioned: "A Symphony in Four Colours" [painting/print by George Dannatt]
Names as mentioned: "Barbara Handley".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/04/25 (April 25th 1973)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Marguerite Wolff ("Marguerite") : "Trudy & I felt so glad that close friends like you and Crystel" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Crystel [Macnab]".
Places as mentioned: "Croydon"

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Dannatt, George.

1973/04/26 (26 April 1973)

Photocopy of A.L.S. (and postscript on separate sheet) to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "John (Shaw) is here until tonight & he heard the Variations over the radio and was very moved, & made copious notes on his reactions" / signed "Giorgio".

Address from: Hatch Lodge (2 Gerald Road, Chester Square, SW1 (headed letter paper). 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "[Metamorphic] Variations - Morning Heroes - it is a cello concerto and not a concertino - Checkmate".
Other music as mentioned: "Symphony no. 4 - Symphony no. 7" [both by Arnold Bax]
Names as mentioned: "John Shaw - Eric Walter White - our mutual friend J.C. [Joan Chissell] - my brother [Trevor Dannatt] - V.H. [Vernon Handley] - Sir Charles G. [Groves]- Bax – BB [Benjamin Britten] - Enid - Ann [Dannatt] - [Ferruccio] Busoni - Trudy [Bliss] - Hans Keller".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Dannatt, George.

1973/04/29 (Sunday 29 April 73)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "I promise that this one will not be an Epistle...there is a lot to say... about the Variations, especially now that I have a tape" / signed "George".

Address from: Hatch. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "[Metamorphic] Variations - W.H. Davies songs [Three songs]".
Other music as mentioned: "Aida [Verdi] - Piano Concerto [by Ferruccio Busoni]".
Names as mentioned: "Verdi - Beethoven - John Shaw - Michelangelo [Buonarotti] – [Johann Wolfgang von] Goethe – [Andre] Gide - Montayne [Michel de Montaigne] - V.H. [Vernon Handley] – [Leopold] Stokowski - Ann".
Institutions as mentioned: "Novellos".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Verney, Stephen.

1973/04/30 (30th April 1973)

T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "I have looked for some alternative to the Tennyson poem. What do you think of the Gerard Manley Hopkins" / signed "Stephen Verney".

Address from: 4 The Cloisters Wndsor Castle Berks SL4 1NJ.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

Other music as mentioned: "Love Bade me Welcome" [by Ralph Vaughan Williams]
Names as mentioned: "[Alfred] Tennyson - Gerard Manley Hopkins – [Christina] Rossetti".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/04/30 (April 30th 1973)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "We shall really have to have a 'hot line' between us - so frequently do missives come" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "on the work".
Names as mentioned: "Trudy - Beryl Gray - London Festival Ballet – [W.H.] Troutbeck".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur & Gertrude.

1973/05/07 (May 7th 1973) postcard

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George & Ann Dannatt : "So sorry to have missed you here" / signed "Arthur & Trudy".

 

 

 

 

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/05/22 (May 22nd 1973)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George & Ann Dannatt ("Dear both") : "I do hope that you have had as lovely a time in Italy as we have had in Hatch - though I doubt it" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "While working at your piano, actually on a setting of Little Gidding" [in Shield of faith] 
Other works as mentioned: "... Little Gidding" [by T.S. Eliot]

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/06/03 (June 3rd 1973)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "It was good of you and Ann to turn up ... for a performance of M.H. in which, to me, the chorus was mostly inaudible" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "M.H." [Morning heroes]
Other music as mentioned: "Belshazzar's Feast" [by William Walton]
Names as mentioned: "Ann".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Dannatt, George.

1973/06/10 (10th June 1973)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "I have not responded in any way to your letter of May 22... Well, the music room resounded to The Variations followed by The Meditations last night" / signed "Giorgio".

Address from: E.H. [East Hatch] 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "The [Metamorphic] Variations - The Meditations [on a theme of John Blow]".
Other works as mentioned: "(Letters of T. Carlyle)".
Names as mentioned: "Mrs Dannatt - V.H. [Vernon Handley] – [W.H.] Troutbeck - Trudy - John Dowland - Ann".
Institutions as mentioned: "Novellos".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/06/11 (June 11th 1973)

A.L. incomplete to Howard Bliss ("H.") : "Thank you for your letter - Trudy and I are exceedingly sorry about this recent dizzy fit - anxious is the more accurate word...".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Trudy - Enid - Barbara - Elijah Bliss's horn handle one [walking stick] - Pat - Michael - Richie - the Hitchens [Ivon & Mrs] ".
Places as mentioned: "California - London".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Palmer, Christopher.

1973/06/12 (12-vi-73)

T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "I saw THINGS TO COME at the NFT a few days ago after a period of some years and was absolutely knocked for six by it" / signed "Christopher Palmer".

Address from: 27 Newstead Road London SE12. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Things to Come".
Names as mentioned: "Basil Ramsey - H.G. [H.G. Wells]  - [Alexander] Korda".
Institutions as mentioned: "NFT [National Film Theatre] - Novello".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/06/14 (June 14th 1973)

A.L.S. to Christopher Palmer ("Mr Palmer") : "What a nice letter to receive about Things to Come" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Address to: 27 Newstead Road SE12.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Things to Come".
Names as mentioned: "George Rizza - Novellos".

Provenance: Lady Bliss.

Mann, Christopher.

1973/06/22 (22nd June 1973)

T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "Christopher Palme's [Palmer] idea is very appealing. I am sorry the way is not clear for us to give him (and Novellos) the green light" / signed "Christopher".

Address from: 140 Park Lane London W1Y 4BU.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

Bliss music inferred: [Things to come]
Names as mentioned: "Christopher Palme [sic] [Palmer] - Eileen [Joyce (Mrs. Christopher Mann)] - Trudy".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/06/26
[postmark]

A.L.S. to Christopher Palmer ("Mr Palmer") : [written on the previous letter from Christopher Mann to Bliss 1973/06/22] : "This letter is self-explanatory - Christopher Mann was the agent who originally drew up my contract with London films" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address to: 27 Newstead Road SE12.

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Christopher Mann - Eileen Joyce [Mrs. Christopher Mann] -".
Institutions as mentioned: "London Films".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Purbeck Festival of Music  (Kato Havas)

1973/07/04 (4th July 1973)

T.L.S. to Arthur & Gertrude Bliss ("Sir Arthur and Lady Bliss") : "Enclosed is this year’s programme for the Purbeck Festival of Music" / signed "Kato Havas".

Address from: 15 Rocks Lane SW13.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "your arrangement of Purcell's Act Tunes and Dances" [Set of act tunes and dances, by Henry Purcell; arranged by Bliss]
Names as mentioned: "Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Sir Joseph Weld - Purcell".
Places as mentioned: "Lulworth Castle - Canada".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Purbeck Festival of Music (Patron, Sir Joseph Weld)

1973/07/05 (5th July, 1973)

T.L.S. to Arthur & Gertrude Bliss ("Sir Arthur & Lady Bliss") : "I am writing on behalf of the Purbeck Festival of Music to extend a warm invitation to you both to come to the opening event of the Festival" / signed "Joseph Weld".

Address from: Lulworth Manor Wareham Dorset. 

 

 

Institutions as mentioned: "Purbeck Music Festival".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Heath, Edward.

1973/07/17 (17 July 1973)

Photocopy T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "We were of course sad that you felt that you could not be at the Greenwich for dinner last night" / signed "Edward Heath".

Address from: 10 Downing Street Whitehall. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "the piece you had written for the occasion" [Mar Portuguese]
Names as mentioned: "Sir John Betjamin [Bliss catalogue has Alan Goodison as translator]".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Cheltenham Music Festival (Chairman, George Budge)

1973/07/18 (18th July '73)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "Thank you for your letter asking the Cheltenham Festival Committee to consider commissioning Gerard Schurmann to write a violin concerto" / signed "George Budge".

Address from: 128, Estcourt Road, Gloucester, GL1 3LH. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Gerard Schurmann - John Manduell - Mrs Schurmann Vivien Schurmann, nee Hind] - Yossi Zironi".
Institutions as mentioned: "Cheltenham Festival - Manchester".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/07/19 (July 19th 1973)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Carolyn Wilson ("Carolyn") : "The enclosed letter from George Budge Chairman of the Cheltenham Music Festival is self-explanatory" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Other music as mentioned: "a fine new concerto" [Violin concerto by Gerard Schurmann]
Names as mentioned: "George Budge – Gerard [Schurmann]".
Institutions as mentioned: "Cheltenham Music Festival".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/07/19 (July 19th 1973) postcard

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "Many thanks for the information on the C.S. broadcast" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "C.S." [Colour symphony]
Names as mentioned: "Bryden Thompson - the wee scholarly Janet - Trudy".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Dannatt, George.

1973/07/22 (July 22nd 1973)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "Thanks for your card awaiting me on return here from Lewes yesterday afternoon" / signed "Giorgio".

Address from: EH (East Hatch). 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Colour Symphony - Morning Heroes".
Other music as mentioned: "Taverner" [by Peter Maxwell Davies]
Names as mentioned: "T[rudy] – J[anet?] - Monteverdi - Charles M. [Charles Markes] - J.I. [John Ireland] - Benjamin Luxon - Ireland - Janet Baker".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Festival of Music for Youth (Larry Westland)

1973/07/30 (30 July 1973)

T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "As promised I am returning the photographs you so kindly loaned us for the preparation of the Festival badge" / signed "Larry Westland".

Address from: Festival of Music for Youth 44 Berners Street London.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

 

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/07/30 (July 30th 1973)

A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") : "The herb you enclosed in your letter is Borage (Borago officinalis)" / signed "A.".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Address to: Northbrook, Martins Road, Brockenhurst, Hants SO4 7TP.

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Trudy - Chris - Enid - K. Clark [Kenneth Clark]".
Institutions as mentioned: "Cohen, Whyman, Freedman, Gluckstein and Abraham Ltd.".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/08/01 (August 1st 1973)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "Umbria Spring 1973 No. 2 arrived this morning. It is beautiful, and I love its shapes and movement" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Other works as mentioned: "Umbria Spring 1973 No. 2" [painting or print by George Dannatt]
Names as mentioned: "Trudy - Ann".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Howard

Birthday card,
1973/08/01 (Aug. 1st)

A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss:  "Many thanks for BORAGE information, so fully reported" / signed "H. "

 
   

Other works as mentioned: "The Hitchens card is enclosed to show my first-ever Hitchens" [Hitchens: Flower composition]
Names as mentioned: "William Gear - Trudy"
Institutions as mentioned: "Redfern Gallery – Tate Gall[ery] – D[aily] Telegraph"

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/08/02 (Aug. 2nd 1973)

A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") : "Thank you so much for your long letter and potential excellent bottle of Claret..." / signed "A.".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Address to: Northbrook, Martins Road, Brockenhurst, Hants SO4 7TP.

 

 

Names as mentioned: "[Ivon] Hitchens - Trudy - Bar - Mike - Richard - Matthew Smith - Betty - the Sellicks".
Places as mentioned: "39, Warwick Gardens".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/08/02 (August 2nd 1973)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "I thought you and Ann might be amused by this letter* (the longest I have ever received and the friendliest) from my greatly admired but obstinately difficult brother" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

*see above 1973/08/01
Names as mentioned: "Ann – difficult brother [Howard Bliss]".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/08/02 (August 2nd 1973)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Marguerite Wolff ("Marguerite") : "It was such a pleasure to get a birthday card from Crystel, Gloria, and yourself" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Gloria - Crystel [Macnab] - Trudy".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Royal Society (President: Alan Hodgkin)

1973/08/31 (31 August 1973)

T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "I am writing to thank you most warmly for the first copy of the Salute to the Royal Society" / signed "Alan Hodgkin".

Address from: 6 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Salute to the Royal Society". 

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Hacobian, James.

[1973/08?] (undated)

T.L. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "Many thanks for your kindness in sending back 'A Mine of Faults' even tho' your comments that you are an eighty two year old composer..." / signed "James Hacobian".

Address from: 2 Napier Road W14. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Morning Heroes - The Olympians - Tobias and the Angel".
Other works as mentioned: "A Mine of Faults" [possibly the book by F.W. Bain (Oxford, 1909)]
Names as mentioned: "Verdi - Elgar - War requiem [Benjamin Britten] - Havergal Brian - the Compton Mackenzies".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Redbridge Brass Ensemble (Musical director: John Ridgeon)

1973/09/17 (17th September 1973)

T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "I am writing to you on behalf of the Redbridge Brass Ensemble to ask whether you would honour us by accepting the Presidency of the Band" / signed "John Ridgeon".

Address from: 28, Millwell Cresent Chigwell Essex. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Bram Gay - Dennis Wick".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur & Gertrude.

1973/09/17 (September 17th) postcard

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George & Ann Dannatt ("Dear Both") : "After Hatch this is not only too cabbined and confined but in our room marked with a "little air and no view" / signed "Arthur & Trudy".

 

 

 

 

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/09/20 (Sept 20th 1973)

A.L.S. to Composers Guild of Great Britain (Secretary: Elizabeth Yeoman) ("Elizabeth") : "I thought our committee might like to see the programme of this ’37! season of the Brighton & Hove Gramophone Soc." / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Cyril Bourne-Newton".
Institutions as mentioned: "Composers Guild - Brighton & Hove Gramophone Society".

Provenance: Composers Guild via the Trust 1987/02/26.

Brighton Philharmonic Society. Young Phil (Chairman: Maya Herszenhorn).

1973/09/30 (30-9-73)

A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "I thought that perhaps you should receive some sort of progress report  on the Young Phil, since you were elected our President at about the time the Society was started" / signed "Maya Herszenhorn".

Address from: 1a Over Court Stone Pound Hassocks Sx. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "James Gibb - Cyril Bourne-Newton - David Bishop - Daphne Elston - Anthony Bourne - Lawrence Leonard - John Carewe".
Institutions as mentioned: "Brighton Philharmonic Society".
Places as mentioned: "Brighton".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Davis, Nellie.

1973/10/09 (Oct 9 1973)

A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "It has been such a lovely sunny summer that we have taken quite a lot of coloured photos this year" / signed "Nellie".

Address from: Edgelane, 1 Bedlands Lane, Budleigh Salterton, Devon. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Betty - Trudy - Howard".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/10/15 (October 15th 1973)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to Ann Dannatt ("Ann") : "It was so nice to hear your voice this morning. I did not break in on the line until after you had mentioned to Trudy that you had been suffering from tooth-trouble" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Other music as mentioned: "Piano Variations"[by Bernard van Dieren]
Names as mentioned: "Trudy - George - Enid - Gabrielle - Eilunid [=Eiluned] Davies - Frida Kindler [(Mrs van Dieren)] - Joseph Cooper - Alan Frank - Tony Friese-Green".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/10/17 (October 17th 1973)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "I am certain that Eilunid Davies would be only too pleased to come one day to Gerald Road and play the van Dieren Variations to you" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Other music as mentioned: "Piano Variations" [by Bernard van Dieren]
Names as mentioned: "Eilunid Davies [Eiluned Davis] - Frida [Kindler (Mrs van Dieren)] - Ann".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Royal Choral Society (Administrator: Anne Dickinson)

1973/10/24 (24 October 1973)

T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "I write to ask whether you would be willing to be a sponsor for the Special Music Fund of the Royal Choral Society" / signed "Anne Dickinson".

Address from: 25A Greycoat Gardens, Westminster, London SW1. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Meredith Davies".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/10/25 (October 25th 1973)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "In going through the full score of my Cello Concerto yesterday with Rudolf Schwarz he pointed out a few errors" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Cello Concerto".
Names as mentioned: "Rudolph Schwarz".

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/10/27 (Oct 27th 1973)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "Perhaps I have not made myself clear - I am certainly against any bombshells! The study score should be... issued exactly as it was first performed at Croydon" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "The Variations for Orchestra" [Metamorphic variations]
Names as mentioned: "George Rizza".
Places as mentioned: "Croydon" [Fairfield Halls].

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/11/01 (November 1st 1973)

A.L.S. to Christine Nisbet ("Christine") : "Just a line to convey Trudy's and my best wishes for the Exhibition opening..." / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Other works as mentioned: "Man and Women - Italian Scenes". [two paintings by Christine Nisbet]
Names as mentioned: "Trudy – Ulric [Nisbet]".

Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/11/01 (November 1st 1973)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Marguerite Wolff ("Marguerite") : "My half-sister Enid has decided to marry again... I am thinking of a Wedding Suite... will you be a dear and play them" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Wedding Suite - my Sonata".
Names as mentioned: "Enid - Thomas Frame-Thomson".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

City of Bath Bach Choir (Artistic director: Cuthbert Bates)

1973/11/03 (3rd October, 1973)

T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "The City of Bath Bach Choir is promoting its sixth Bach Festival to take place from 19th to 26th October 1974" / signed "Cuthbert Bates (Artistic Director and Principal Conductor)".

Address from: Chantry House, 113 Church Road, Combe Down, Bath.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Michael Lunt".
Institutions as mentioned: "6th Bath Festival".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

[1973/11/09?] undated

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Marguerite Wolff ("Marguerite") : "You are a darling to agree to recording these privately for Enid" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Music by Bliss inferred: [Wedding suite]
Names as mentioned: "Enid".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/11/13 (November 13th 1973)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Marguerite Wolff ("Marguerite") : "I will wait until Dec. 6th to send you the other easy two pieces" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Music by Bliss inferred: [Wedding suite]
Places as mentioned: "Portugal".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/11/14 (Nov. 14th 1973)

A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") : "Trudy tells me that you had a good drive in the New Forest together. I am so glad..." / signed "A.".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Cello concerto - the Elgar Concerto".
Names as mentioned: "Trudy - Sir Dan [Godfrey] - Enid".
Places as mentioned: "New Forest".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/11/23 (November 23rd 1973)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "I went to the Victor Waddington Gallery in Cork St." / signed "A.".

 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Bibby [??] - Leslie Waddington".
Institutions as mentioned: "Waddington Gallery - Rutland Gallery".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/11/23 (November 23rd 1973)

A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "I feel very badly and disappointed at not getting to see Christine's Exhibition" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Christine" [Nisbet]

Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/11/26 (November 26th 1973)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Benjamin Britten ("Ben") : "I was at the Royal Albert Hall yesterday evening on the chance of giving you my warmest birthday greetings in person" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Places as mentioned: "Royal Albert Hall".

Provenance: Britten Estate 1983 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/12/06 (December 6th 1973)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Marguerite Wolff ("Marguerite") : "Welcome Home! - and I hope you had a very enjoyable time at Lisbon" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Wedding Suite".
Places as mentioned: "Decca Studios".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1973/12/29 (Dec. 29th 1973)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "The hire Dept. have sent me the full score of my Variations for Orchestra" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Varaitions for Orchestra" [Metamorphic variations]

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

       
       

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/01/02 (January 2nd 1974)

A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") : "Nellie's letter is in answer to one from me, wishing Betty and her a Happy Christmas, and saying we were not sending out any Christmas cards" / signed "A.".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "recording (for a cassette) my 10 minute miniature Wedding Suite".
Names as mentioned: "Nellie - Betty - Chris – Trudy ... has passed the special Geology course - Enid - Tom - John Marshall - George & Ann Dannatt - Maurice and Nancy Farquharson - Lady Joubert - my pianist friend Marguerite Wolff - John Witt - Trudy – [Thomas] Gainsborough – [John Constable] Constable – {J.W.] Turner – [Ivon] Hitchens".
Places as mentioned: "Christchurch - Zaire - Uganda - Caxton Hall".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/01/04 (Jan 4th 1974)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "I am seeing Charles Groves on the 17th and will get him to incorporate the few new addenda into his score and parts" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "[Metamorphic] Variations".
Names as mentioned: "Charles Groves - George Rizza".

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/01/04 (January 4th 1974)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George & Ann Dannatt ("George and Ann") : "I have written to Hallam Towers, booking two twin bedded rooms and bathrooms" / signed "A.".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Discourse [for orchestra]".
Names as mentioned: "Charles Groves - Garrick Club election".
Institutions as mentioned: "Hallam Towers [Hotel, Sheffield]" [for the performance of Metamorphic variations on 2nd February 1974 in the City Hall, Sheffield]

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/01/12 (January 12th 1974)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "I understand that the Musical Times may be bringing out my choral setting of Mar Portuguese" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Mar Portuguese - Piano Sonata".
Institutions as mentioned: "Musical Times".

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Cutbush, Anthony M.

1974/01/13 (13th January 1974)

A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "I enquire if you would agree that members who served on 'The Olympians' committee would again come to the fore in helping me realise a project that I have very much wanted to realise" / signed "Anthony M. Cutbush".

Address from: 6 Hadley Ridge, Barnet, Herts. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "The Olympians - Violin Concerto - Meditations on a theme by John Blow - Music for Strings - The Beatitudes - Mary of Magdala - the String Quartets - Clarinet and Oboe Quintets".
Names as mentioned: "Brian Fairfax - Aylmer Buesst - Roy Budden - William McAlpine - Raymond Herincx - Elgar".
Institutions as mentioned: "Capriol Orchestra".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur & Gertrude.

1974/01/17 (January 17th 1974)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Marguerite Wolff ("Marguerite") : "I really do not know how to thank you adequately for taking all the trouble to learn and record my Suite for to-morrow" / signed "Arthur & Trudy".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "my Suite" [Wedding suite] 

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/01/19 (January 19th 1974)

A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") : "Well! the Day has come and gone, and, I think, very happy for Enid and Tom. I fetched her from her flat, and took her to Caxton Hall..." / signed "A.".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music inferred: [performance Wedding suite]
Names as mentioned: "Enid - Tom - Trudy - Richie - Barbara - John Marshall".
Institutions as mentioned: "Decca".
Places as mentioned: "Caxton Hall".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/01/19 (January 19th 1974)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "Under separate cover and posted at the same time I return the proofs of Mar Portuguese" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Mar Portuguese". 

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Frame-Thomson (nee Bliss), Enid.

1974/01/21 (Jan 21st 1974)

A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur darling") : "What a lovely gift you gave to us" / signed "Enid".

Address from: 49 Hill street London W1. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Wedding Suite". 

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/01/21 (January 21st 1974)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "I am proposing to get 4 1st class tickets to Sheffield on Thursday Feb. 7th" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music inferred: [performance of Metamorphic variations in Sheffield] 
Names as mentioned: "Ann".
Places as mentioned: "Sheffield - Liverpool".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

McCaldin, Denis.

1974/01/22 (22 January 1974)

Photocopy T.L. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "I am delighted to be writing to you to wish you a very successful year ... I am very anxious that we should include a fanfare, or some short ceremonial piece, by yourself if this is at all possible".

Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "we should include a fanfare ... by yourself" [Lancaster – prelude]
Other music as mentioned: "Ninth Symphony". 

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

[1974/01?] undated

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Denis McCaldin : "I am honoured to be associated with this special concert" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place London. 

 

 

Bliss music inferred: [Lancaster – prelude]
Places as mentioned: "London - Lancaster".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/01/22 (January 22nd 1974)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "Before we have the 5d post foisted on us, this is just to thank you for your letter" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Morning Heroes - Wedding Suite".
Names as mentioned: "Enid – [Domenico] Scarlatti - Richard Greene".
Institutions as mentioned: "Cornell University".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/01/23 (January 23rd 1974)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "Can you come to lunch... on either Monday" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "my new choral work" [Shield of faith?]
Names as mentioned: "George Rizza".

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/01/24 (January 24th 1974)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Denis McCaldin ("Mr McCaldin") : "Thank you for your letter and kind invitation to write a short Fanfare for your Xth Anniversary Celebrations" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place London.
Address to: University of Lancaster.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "a short Fanfare" [Lancaster – prelude]
Other music as mentioned: "Choral Symphony" [Symphony no. 9 by Beethoven]

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/01/25 (January 25th 74)

A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") : "Thank you for the cheque, and for the p.c. of Inscription Rock..." / signed "A.".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Nellie - Betty".
Places as mentioned: "Inscription Rock" [El Morro National Monument, New Mexico, USA]

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/01/25 (January 25th 1974)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "Here are your tickets for Sheffield on February 7th plus reserved seats next to ours" / signed "ME (Arthur)".

 

 

 

Music by Bliss inferred: [performance of Metamorphic variations by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Charles Groves]
Places as mentioned: "[City Hall], Sheffield".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

McCaldin, Denis.

1974/01/29 (29 January 1974)

Photocopy T.L. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "I am delighted to tell you the instrumentation for the Ninth Symphony which is as follows".

Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

Other music as mentioned: "Ninth Symphony".
Places as mentioned: "Leeds".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/01/29 (January 29th 1974)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "Thank you for the proof ... for Mar Portuguese" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Mar Portuguese". 

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/01/30 (Jan. 30th 1974)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to William Alwyn ("Bill") : "delighted that so much of your music will soon be available on records" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

 

Provenance: Mary Alwyn 1987 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

[1974/02/08] undated

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Marguerite Wolff ("Marguerite") : "Welcome to the Snowy North - This is just to say that Charles Groves will be having a final run through of the programme at the City Hall from 3-6" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: Hallam Tower Hotel, Broomhill, Yorkshire S10 5DX. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Variations" [Metamorphic variations, performed on 8th Febuary 1974 in Sheffield]
Other music as mentioned: "Rachmaninov II".
Names as mentioned: "Charles Groves - John Ogdon - Ann & George Dannatt - Trudy - Grenville Baines".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

City of Bath Bach Choir (Artistic director: Cuthbert Bates)

1974/02/08 (8th February 1974)

T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "Last October you kindly agreed to be one of seven Guarantors in the sum of £5.00" / signed "Cuthbert Bates (Artistic Director and Principal Conductor)".

Address from: Chantry House, 113 Church Road, Combe Down, Bath.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

Institutions as mentioned: "6th Bath Festival".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/02/11 (Feb 11th 1974)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Gerard Schurmann ("Gerard") : "I only got back last night to London to find your letter of the 5th. I have sent it on immediately to George Budge" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "George Budge [Cheltenham Music Festival] – Carolyn [Wilson]".
Places as mentioned: "London".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/02/12 (Feb 12th 1974)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Marguerite Wolff ("Marguerite") : "It was lovely having you in Sheffield, and we think it was wonderful of you to come all that way and add so much to our enjoyment" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music inferred: [performance of Metamorphic variations in Sheffield on the 8th Febuary]
Bliss music as mentioned: "the Sonata" [Piano sonata]
Names as mentioned: "George Rizza - the Markese - Trudy".
Institutions as mentioned: "Novellos".
Places as mentioned: "Sheffield - Liverpool".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/02/12 (February 12th 1974)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to Ann Dannatt ("S.P.") : "Thank you so much for the splendidly clear financial statements" / signed "Arthur (petit maitre)".

 

 

 

 

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/02/15 (Feb. 15th 1974)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "Does the enclosed MS make what happens at 104 clear?" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

 Bliss music as mentioned: "enclosed manuscript" [Shield of faith?]

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/02/21 (Feb. 21st 1974)

A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") : "Thank you for your postcard. You are right about Rout. You heard the larger orchestrated version that I made for Ansermet to conduct as an interlude in one of the Russian Ballet seasons" / signed "A.".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Address to: Northbrook, Martin's Road, Brockenhurst, Hants SO4 7TP.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Rout - as the car came down our drive way, they had my Wedding suite blearing from a cassette built into the car".
Names as mentioned: "Ansermet - the Russian Ballet Seasons... - Enid - Tom - Trudy - Richie - Chris".
Places as mentioned: "California".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/02/22 (February 22nd 1974)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "I received a note from Victor Waddington this morning" / signed "A.B.".

 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Victor Waddington - Peter Gimpel".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/03/22 (March 22nd 1974)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Marguerite Wolff ("Marguerite") : "What a lovely basket of grape hyacinths and primroses you sent me!" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

 

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Selwyn, R.J.

1974/03/24 (24.3.74)

T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "I am writing on behalf of the Club and its committee to thank you most sincerely for giving your support to the Club's newest venture of its forthcoming Silver Jubilee brochure" / signed "R.J. Selwyn".

Address from: 1 Montague Street London.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

 

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Arnell, Richard.

1974/03/27 (27th March, 1974)

T.L. carbon copy to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "News has just reached me of your recent illness so I hope that this letter will find you well on the way to complete recovery..." / signed "Richard Arnell".

Address from: 10, Stratford Place.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

Institutions as mentioned: "Composers Guild".

Provenance: Composers Guild via the Trust 1987/02/26.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/03/28 (March 28th 1974)

A.L.S. to Richard Arnell ("Richard A") : "How kind of you and my colleagues to send good wishes for my health!" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

 

Provenance: Composers Guild via the Trust 1987/02/26.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/04/05 (April 5th 1974)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Carolyn Wilson ("Carolyn") : "I thought you might like to know that a month ago I sent Gerard's score of the Francis Bacon work to Charles Groves" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Works by others as mentioned: "Gerard [Schurmann]’s score of the Francis bacon work [Six studies of Francis Bacon]".
Names as mentioned: "Charles Groves".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Neumeier, John.

1974/05/06 (6 May 1974)

T.L. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "You may care to know, because I think you were enquiring some time ago, that the German ballet based on your Oboe Quintet had seventeen performances".

Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Oboe Quintet - German ballet based on your Oboe Quintet [Frontier]".
Places as mentioned: "Frankfurt Theatre".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/05/20 (May 20th 1974)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "I am so pleased about the Garrick" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Ann".
Institutions as mentioned: "Garrick [Club]".

 

Institutions as mentioned: "6th Bath Festival". Institutions as mentioned: "6th Bath Festival". Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/05/21 (1974/05/21)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "I find that on page 3 the last line the alto part should be as enclosed" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music inferred: [Shield of faith]

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

City of Bath Bach Choir (Musical director, Cuthbert Bates)

1974/05/25 (25th May 1974)

T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "On the 8th October last I wrote to explain that the Committee of the City of Bath Bach Choir had decided that a limited company should be formed to take over the legal liability for the Bath Festival." / signed "Cuthbert Bates”

Address from: Chantry House, 113 Church Road, Combe Down, Bath.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

Institutions as mentioned: "6th Bath Festival".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/05/25 (May 25th 1974)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "I find a few mistakes and minor alterations" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Shield of Faith". 

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/05/28 (May 28th)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "This is a final list of small improvements I want in the cantata - also in the Anthem" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "the Cantata [Shield of faith] - the Anthem [Sing mortals]". 

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/05/29 (May 29th)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "I was confused this morning when you rang. One bar before 42 it should be D" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music inferred: [Shield of faith]

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/05/31 (May 31st 1974)

A.L.S. to the Composers Guild (Elizabeth Yeoman, secretary) ("???") : "Thank you for letting me. ...

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Address to: 10, Stratford Place.

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Vernon Handley".
Institutions as mentioned: "Composers Guild".

Provenance: Composers Guild via the Trust 1987/02/26.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/06/03 (June 3rd 1974)

A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") : "We have heard little of you for quite a time, but as you last wrote that no news implied the good rather than the bad, we accept that - anyway hope that it is so..." / signed "A.".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Address to: Northbrook, Martin's Road, Brockenhurst, Hants SO4 7TP.

 

 

Other works mentioned: "[Edward] Wadsworth's 'Rose' - small lyrical abstract picture by John Wells".
Names as mentioned: "Enid - Tom - Trudy - Barbara - Richie - Michael - Patricia - Laura - Karen - Chris - Chris's widowed mother".
Institutions as mentioned: "London School of Motoring - Colnaghi".
Places as mentioned: "London - St Ives".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

[1974]/06/04 (June 4th)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Marguerite Wolff ("Marguerite") : "Just a little tribute to thank you in advance" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "the [Piano] Sonata". 

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/06/04 (June 4th 1974)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Denis McCaldin ("Dr McCaldin") : "This morning, unexpectedly arrived... photograph copies of the Prelude" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane Marlborough Place London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "the Prelude" [Lancaster – prelude] 
Institutions as mentioned: "Lancaster University".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

McCaldin, Denis.

1974/06/07 (7th June, 1974)

Photocopy T.L. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "I am so glad that the photograph of your Prelude for the Tenth Anniversary of Lancaster University gave you a pleasant surprise".

Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "your Prelude" [Lancaster – prelude] 

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Lane, Elizabeth.

1974/06/16 (16th June 1974)

A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "A few weeks ago Dr Ruth Gipps sent me a copy of Forsyth 'Orchestration' and two records, one of which was your Colour Symphony" / signed "Elizabeth Lane".

Address from: Quodlibet 2 Reservoir Lane Wells Somerset. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Colour Symphony".
Other music as mentioned: "Gipps Fourth symphony".
Names as mentioned: "Dr Ruth Gipps - Peter Wishart".
Institutions as mentioned: "Hastings Music Festival - Wells Cathedral School".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Handley, Vernon.

1974/06/18 (18. June 1974)

A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "Barbara and I are stunned by the news of your illness, and then so quickly relieved to hear of the success of the operation" / signed "Tod".

Address from: Chatham, Cromystroyth, Cards, Wales.
Address to: St. Mary's Hospital, Praed St, Paddington, London W2.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Violin Concerto – [Metamorphic] Variations".
Names as mentioned: "Barbara [Handley] - Trudy - Robert Ponsonby - John Georgiadis - B.B.C. Symphony Orchestra - Handley, Patrick - Paddy".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

McCaldin, Denis.

1974/07/10 (10th July, 1974)

Photocopy T.L. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "It would give us at Lancaster great pleasure if you and your wife were able to come to the performance of your Prelude for Lancaster University's Tenth Anniversary".

Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "your Prelude" [Lancaster – prelude]
Other music as mentioned: "Ninth Symphony".
Names as mentioned: "your wife" [Trudy].
Places as mentioned: "London".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/07/24 (July 24th 1974)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "Thank you for the proofs of the Anthem which I returned to you with your queries answered" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Shield of Faith - the Anthem [Sing mortals]".
Names as mentioned: "Dr Sidney Campbell".
Places as mentioned: "St Georges Chapel Windsor".

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/07/28 (July 28th 1974)

A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") : "Thank you very much for the postcards that were regularly delivered to me ... as I tried to digest my watery and lumpy porridge in Hospital ... in addition to the abdominal surgery, I developed a 3 day hiccough ... No one from the senior surgeon to the humblest nurse knew how to stop mine, which suddenly ceased due I think to the shock of a door slammed close to my bed!" / signed "A.".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Address to: Northbrook, Martin's Road, Brockenhurst, Hants SO4 7TP.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Violin Concerto".
Names as mentioned: "Trudy - Karen".
Places as mentioned: "Purbeck - Swanage Church".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Great Britain. Department of Health and Social Security (Minister: Barbara Castle)

1974/07/31 (31 July 1974)

T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "Thank you for your letter of 20 July inquiring... into the case of Maria Colwell." / signed "Barbara Castle".

Address from: Alexander Fleming House, Elephant and Castle, London SE1.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Maria Colwell".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Howard, Richard.

1974/08/02 (2nd August 1974)

T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir") : "I have recently 'discovered' your Meditations on a theme by John Blow, which is, without doubt, a most significant treasure amongst English music" / signed "Richard M. Howard".

Address from: 7, Martindale, East Sheen, London, SW14 7AL. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Meditations on a theme by John Blow - Colour Symphony - Piano Concerto - Introduction and Allegro - Miracle in the Gorbals - Music for Strings - Checkmate - Violin Concerto - Cello Concerto".
Names as mentioned: "Vaughan Williams - Bax - Elgar".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/08/07 (August 7th 1974)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "I have had so many kind letters from you and now presents that I am unable to reply in any adequate fashion" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Maurice Baring - Trudy".
Works by others as mentioned: "your drawing from the Bowman series [i.e. by George Dannatt]".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/08/14 (August 14th 1974)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "Yes - do use a facsimile of my signature under my note on Sidney Campbell" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "the Choral Work" [Shield of faith]
Names as mentioned: "Sidney Campbell".

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/08/16 (August 16th/74)

A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") : "A neighbour lent me recently 'Ivy when Young - the early life of I. Compton Burnett' which she had got from our local library" / signed "A.".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Address to: Northbrook, Martin's Road, Brockenhurst, Hants SO4 7TP.

 

 

Names as mentioned: "I. Compton Burnett - Kennard".
Works by others inferred: [Portrait of Noel Compton Burnett by Kennard Bliss]
Institutions as mentioned: "King’s College Cambridge".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/08/25 (Aug. 25 1974)

A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "I am slowly recovering from my operation..." / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Christine".
Places as mentioned: "London".

Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/08/30 (Aug. 30 1974)

A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Melvyn Bragg - Kathleen Raine... has written a splendid book on Blake - Edwin Muir".
Places as mentioned: "Chelsea".

Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/08/30 (August 30th 1974)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("Georgio") : "I am so grateful to you for letting me renew my acquaintance with the 'Songs without Words'" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "I suspect that my last work... will really be my last big opus" [Shield of faith].
Music by others as mentioned: : "Songs without Words" [Mendelssohn]
Names as mentioned: "[Ferruccio] Busoni".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/08/30 (August 30th 1974)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Marguerite Wolff ("Marguerite") : "Face the Music. What have you done to me! I go cold all over but thank you for your confidence" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "T.".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/09/08 (Sept 8th 1974)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Clive Marks ("Clive") : "May I ask your help over a matter of accountancy" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane Marlborough Place London.
Address to: Novello & Co. Borough Green Sevenoaks.

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Arthur Young McClelland Moores & Co. - Novellos".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/09/10 (September 10th 1974)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("Georgio") : "I have so many quaries... let me say how delighted Trudy and I are to learn that you have no less than 9 pictures on view" : "?? , ?? . the article on the Wordsworth poem" / signed "Arthuro".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Royal Fanfares - Investiture Antiphonal Fanfares – [Metamorphic] Variations".
Other music as mentioned: "Songs without Words" [Mendelssohn]
Names as mentioned: "Trudy - Beryl Gray - Vernon Handley".
Institutions as mentioned: "[London] Festival Ballet - BBC Symphony Orchestra - Novellos".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/09/13 (Sept 13th 1974)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Denis McCaldin ("Dr McCaldin") : "I have been looking through my Prelude for your Anniversary Concert and I think I have marked the metronome indication too fast" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "my Prelude" [Lancaster – prelude] 

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/09/15 (Sept 15th 1974)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "I hope you have had a rewarding holiday in spite of the storms and rain that you must have had" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "George Herbert - Bernard Axcell".

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/09/16 (Sept. 16th 1974)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Nancy Strode (nee Gotch) [Rosamund Strode's mother] ("Mrs Strode") : "It was very kind of you to write to me about my appreciation of Gustav Holst" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8,The Lane Marlborough Place London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "As I Remember".
Other music as mentioned: "Hymn of Jesus - Savitri" [both by Holst]
Names as mentioned: "Gustav Holst - Jane Joseph - Valery Lasker - Clare Mackail".
Places as mentioned: "Lyric Theatre Hammersmith".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/09/17 (Sept. 17th 1974)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "I want to show the organist who will be playing in Shield of Faith his part in No III" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Shield of Faith". 

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

McCaldin, Denis.

1974/09/20 (20th September, 1974)

Photocopy T.L. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "You may recall that regarding the initial metromone speed, I pushed you into increasing it a little bit".

Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

Bliss music inferred: [Lancaster  - prelude]
Names as mentioned: "your wife".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/09/30 (September 30th 1974)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "I am returning separate cover the proofs of No 3 & No 4 movements of Shield of Faith" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Shield of Faith".
Names as mentioned: "Richard Popplewell".

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/10/02 (October 2nd 1974)

A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") : "In my letter to Betty I emphasised two points:- 1/ that I hoped Nelly would never try to return to Edge Lane, which would entail Betty being on duty there, or having the expense of a trained nurse" / signed "A.".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Address to: Northbrook, Martin's Road, Brockenhurst, Hants SO4 7TP.

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Betty - Nelly - Enid".
Institutions as mentioned: "B.U.P.A."
Places as mentioned: "Edge Lane".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/10/02 (October 2nd 1974)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "Thank you for the final proofs of vocal score" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

 Bliss music inferred: [Shield of faith]

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/10/03 (Oct 3rd 1974)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "I should like to indicate that for the six bars after 19 the soloist has the metronome mark c. 84" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

 Bliss music inferred: [Shield of faith]

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/10/04 (October 4th 1974)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "Have you by any chance got a tape recording of my Cello Concerto" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Cello Concerto".
Names as mentioned: "Britten - Rostropovich".
Institutions as mentioned: "E.M.I.".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Elizabeth II, Queen (Private secretary, Philip Horn)

1974/10/05 (5th October, 1974)

T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "Her Majesty would be very pleased for you to dedicate to her the special choral work which you have written" / signed "Philip Horn [Secretary]".

Address from: Balmoral Castle. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "the special choral work" [Shield of faith]
Names as mentioned: "Bach Choir of St. George's Chapel".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/10/07 (Oct 7th 1974)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "Is it too late to insert enclosed" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

 Bliss music inferred: [Shield of faith]

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/10/21 (October 21st 1974)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("Georgio") : "Your letter has just arrived, and your suggested cuts in the Violin Concerto will be a great help to me" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Violin Concerto".
Other music as mentioned: "Tristan" [Henze]
Names as mentioned: "Vernon Handley - Ann".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/10/22 (Oct 22nd 1974)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Clive Marks ("Clive") : "I am glad you had a word with Henze - I did not meet him at the rehearsal" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane Marlborough Place London. 

 

 

Other music as mentioned: "Tristan" [Henze]
Places as mentioned: "Royal Festival Hall".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/10/23 (Oct. 23rd 1974)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "Thank you for your copy of the Prelims" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Shield of Faith".
Names as mentioned: "The Queen" [Elizabeth II].

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/10/24 (Oct 24th 1974)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "There is one ineffective moment in my Variations for Orchestra" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Variations for Orchestra" [Metamorphic variations]
Names as mentioned: "John Bryant - B.B.C. Symphony Orchestra - Vernon Handley".

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

McCaldin, Denis.

1974/24/10 (24th October 1974)

Photocopy T.L. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "It was good to talk to you... and know that you were in fair spirit".

Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "your Prelude" [Lancaster – prelude]

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/10/26 (26th ? 1974) -

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Denis McCaldin ("Mr McCaldin") : "Thank you very much for your letter of the 24th Oct... This year I have been responsible for the Anthem to be sung in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "the Anthem" [Sing, mortals] 

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/10/26 (Oct 26th/74)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "Thank you so much for attending to the troublesome points in my letter" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "the Variations" [Metamorphic variations]
Names as mentioned: "Vernon Handley".

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/10/26 (October 26th 1974)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "May I pick your imaginative brain once more? I feel that our Variations need a title" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Variations for orchestra - Croydon variations - Fairfield variations" [Metamorphic variations]
Names as mentioned: "Elgar - Trudy - Ann".
Institutions as mentioned: "Novellos".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/10/27 (Sunday the 27th Oct)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("Giorgio") : "I wrote to you at Hatch, but I gather that Ann and you are on your way to London... I want to glean from your teeming brain a title for our Variations" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Variations for orchestra - Croydon variations - Fairfield variations" [Metamorphic variations]
Other music as mentioned: "Henze's Tristan - The Bassarids [also Henze]".
Names as mentioned: "Elgar - Trudy - Ann".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/10/29 (29 Oct 74)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("Georgio") : "Having heard Bassarids last night I don't know that I want to go; I hate tortured tenor voices and, even more, sadism without catharsis" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Transformations - Metamorphic variations - Vincent variations - Festival variations - Concertante variations - the Blow work" [Meditations on a theme of John Blow]
Other music as mentioned: "The Bassarids" [Henze]
Names as mentioned: "Kenneth Clark".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

McCaldin, Denis.

1974/10/30 (30th October 1974)

Photocopy T.L. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "Thank you most kindly for writing a special message for us which I am sure will adorn our programme".

Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "the Prelude" [Lancaster – prelude]
Institutions as mentioned: "Musicians Benevolent Fund".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/11/02 (November 2nd 1974)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "Metamorphic Variations I think a short explanation of this title may be useful" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Metamorphic Variations". 

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/11/04 (November 4th 1974)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("Giorgio") : "I am very pleased with the title 'Metamorphic Variations'" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Robert Layton - Egon Wellesz – {Edward J.] Dent - Trudy - Ann".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/11/11 (November 11th 1974)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("Giorgio") : "I thought you might like to see the enclosed, as you were the helping hand that brought Eric Parkin here" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Other music as mentioned: "Haydn Variations [Brahms] - a Mozart piano concerto".
Names as mentioned: "Eric Parkin".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/11/15 (Nov. 15th 1974)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Marguerite Wolff ("Marguerite") : "Just to tell you that I have sent off a short programme note on the Wedding Suite" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Wedding Suite".
Names as mentioned: "Michael Emmerson".
Institutions as mentioned: "Ibbs & Tillett - London Artists 124 Wigmore St. W.1".
Places as mentioned: "Athens

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Elgar Foundation (Chairman, Wulstan E. Atkins)

1974/11/19 (19th November 1974)

T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "It is a long time since you were a Trustee ... The real purpose of this letter is to ask you to honour the Foundation by agreeing to become a Vice-President" / signed "E. Wulstan Atkins, Chairman".

Address from: Pilgrim Place, The Ridge, Woldingham, Surrey.
Address to: c/o Ibbs & Tillett 124, Wigmore Street, London, W1H ODJ.

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Adrian Boult - Yehudi Menhuin - The Bishop of Worcester - Paul Tortelier - Sir Georg Solti - Daniel Barenboim - Andrew Davis - Viscount Cobham - Sir Raymond Brookes - Sir John Partridge".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/12/09 (December 9th 1974)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("Giorgio") : "I must first tell you that the new gold framing of your sketch looks splendid" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Cello Concert [Cello concerto] - Music for Strings - Morning Heroes".
Other music as mentioned: "L'Enfant et les sortileges" [by Maurice Ravel].
Names as mentioned: "Trudy - Cyril Smith [memorial service] – [Mstislav] Rostropovich - John Amis – [Adrian] Boult".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/12/15 (Dec. 15th/74)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "I must write and thank you for your splendid editing of my cantata" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Shield of Faith". 

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/12/15 (December 15th 1974)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt ("George") : "Yesterday I wrote you a letter... to hope that the PZ[=Penzance] gallery were doing you proud ... I would like to congratulate you on your acute musical ear" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Tobias [and the angel] – [Violin] Concerto - Quartet II - Cello Concerto - Quartet I – M. Variations [Metamorphic variations]".
Other music as mentioned: "Otello" [by Giuseppe Verdi]
Names as mentioned: "Amici [Quartet] - Griller [Quartet] - Sidney Griller – [Alfredo] Campoli – [John] Georgiadis - John Amis – [Mstislav] Rostropovich - John Whittle".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Boyle, Edward.

1974/12/17 (17/12/74)

A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "It is impertinent of me to write - I know you have been ill, & on no account trouble to reply. But I was so pleased to read in to-day's Financial Times, the laudatory comments of Gillian Widdicombe on your cantata ‘The World is Charged with the Glory of God’..." / signed "Edward Boyle".

Address from: Vice Chancellor's Lodge, Leeds, 6. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "The World is charged with the glory [sic] of God [The world is charged with the grandeur of God] - Clarinet quintet - Music for Strings".
Names as mentioned: "Gillian Widdicombe - G. M. Hopkins".
Institutions as mentioned: "Lyrita [recording company]".
Places as mentioned: "Winchester".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/12/19 (Dec. 19th 1974)

A.L.S. to Eleanor Hoffmann ("Eleanor") : "Thank you for the lovely calendar. Why are animals and birds (that owl!) so much more beautiful than human beings?" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Address to: 2653 Glendessary Lane, Santa Barbara, California 93105 U.S.A.

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Karen - her brood - Barbara - her brood - Richie".
Places as mentioned: "Blandford - Cheltenham".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/12/22 (Dec 22nd 1974)

A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") : "Thank you for the 1891 document. I shan't keep it, as I am engaged in trying to rid myself of old letters, papers notices that pile up, and are of no interest to anybody" / signed "A.".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Address to: Northbrook, Martin's Road, Brockenhurst, Hants SO4 7TP.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Music for Strings".
Works by others as mentioned: "Plant and Planet" by “Anthony Huxley”
Names as mentioned: "the Earles - Karen - Jill - Chris - the other two girls - Julian [Huxley] - Barabara - Richie - Adrian Boult - L.P.O. [London Philharmonic Orchestra]".
Places as mentioned: "Bilton Grange - Cheltenham - Bristol".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Great Britain. Department of the Environment (M.E. Neale)

1974/12/23 (23rd December 1974)

Multiplicated T.L.S. to Arthur & Gertrude Bliss ("Sir/Madam") : "I am writing on behalf of the Secretary of State about this application which has been referred to him in accordance with section 35 of the Act" / signed "M.E. Neale".

Address from: 2 Marsham Street London SW1.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

 

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/12/30 (Dec 30th 1974)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to William Alwyn ("Bill") / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Andre Previn – Mary [Alwyn]".
Institutions as mentioned: "I.P.S - London Symphony Orchestra".

Provenance: Mary Alwyn 1987 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1974/12/31 (December 31st 1974)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "Thank you so much for the copy of your edition of the Faure Requiem" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Metamorphic Variations - Morning Heroes". Other music as mentioned: "Faure Requiem".
Names as mentioned: "Vernon Handley - Charles Groves".
Institutions as mentioned: "B.B.C.".

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

[1975/?]

A.L. [draft] to the Cheltenham Music Festival (Chairman, George Budge) ("George") : "... the purpose of which was to tell you that I felt I could no longer efficiently carry out what I consider to be the role of the President of so distinguished Festival as that of Cheltenham ... as I approach my 84th birthday …”

 

 

 

Institutions as mentioned: "Cheltenham Festival".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Gertrude.

1975/01/01 (Jan 1 1975)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George Dannatt : "I was very moved and touched by 'Anvil of Aggression'" / signed "Trudy".

 

 

 

Works by others as mentioned: "Anvil of Aggression". 

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1975/01/01 (January 1st 1975)

A.L.S. and typed transcript to George & Ann Dannatt ("Dear both") : "Thank you for a lovely evening - the ideal way of saying good bye to the Old Year and welcoming the New" / signed "Arthur".

 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "{Edward J.] Dent - Robert Layton".

Provenance: Dannatt deposit, 2009

Bliss, Arthur.

1975/01/02 (2nd January, 1975)

Photocopy and carbon copies of T.L.S. Secretary of State for the Environment ("Sir") : "In answer to the letter from Mr M.E. Neale dated 23rd December I write to say ... " / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane.
Address to: 2, Marsham Street, London, SW1.

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Sir Desmond Plummer - Sir Louis Gluckstein".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1975/01/02 (Jan. 2nd 1975)

A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") : "Thank you for your letter which came this morning. Firstly may I express admiration for your clear and firm writing. In answer to a request from some graphologist, I have just sent off a specimen of my own... We in N.W." : ". are enjoying an unpleasant fracas with the Cuban Embassy..." / signed "A.".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.
Address to: Northbrook, Martin's Road, Brockenhurst, Hants SO4 7TP.

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Trudy - Enid [Frame-Thomson (nee Bliss)] - Tom [Frame-Thomson]".
Institutions as mentioned: "Westminster City Council".
Places as mentioned: "Cuban Embassy".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1975/01/03 (Jan. 3rd 1975)

A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "I should much like to read your three books" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Aldhous [Aldous] Huxley - Julian [Huxley] - walking around with my grandfather's stick - He was a good old New England Puritan named Elijah - Trudy - Christine".
Places as mentioned: "California".

Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.

Bliss, Arthur.

1975/01/04 (January 4th 1975)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "Could you come with the Variations on Tuesday" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "[Metamorphic] Variations - Shield of Faith".
Other music as mentioned: "Requiem" [by Faure]
Names as mentioned: "David Willcocks".

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1975/01/08 (January 8th 1975)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to Marguerite Wolff ("Marguerite") : "After talking to you on the telephone this morning I could have kicked myself... for not remembering that you paid me the great compliment of coming all the way to Sheffield" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "[Metamorphic] Variations".
Places as mentioned: "Sheffield - Budapest".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1975/01/09 (Jan. 9th 1975)

A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "Thank you very much for letting me have the privilege of reading your three Forewords" / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

 

 

Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.

Bliss, Arthur.

1975/01/15 (January 15th 1975)

Photocopy of A.L.S. to William Alwyn ("Bill") / signed "Arthur".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Aldhous [Aldous] Huxley - Beethoven".

Provenance: Mary Alwyn 1987 via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Northumberland.

1975/01/15 [postmark]

Envelope to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur Bliss").

Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

 

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Garrick Club (Secretary: Major N.E. Thackeray)

1975/01/21 (21st January, 1975)

T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "This is to confirm yesterday's telephone conversation in which I informed you that the General Committee wished to invite you to become a Life Honorary Member" / signed "N. Thackeray".

Address from: Garrick Street WC2E 9AY.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

 

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Arthur.

1975/01/23 (January 23rd 1975)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "I wrote yesterday to Michael Freegard ... telling him of your year's work on the Faure Requiem" / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Other music as mentioned: "Faure Requiem".
Names as mentioned: "Michael Freegard".
Institutions as mentioned: "P.R.S.".

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Bliss, Arthur.

1975/01/24 (January 24th 1975)

A.L.S. to Desmond Ratcliffe ("Desmond") : "In answer to your letter of yesterday I confirm that the Brass page 109 2nd bar should be..." / signed "Arthur Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music inferred: [not identified]] 
Other music as mentioned: "Requiem" [by Gabriel Faure]
Institutions as mentioned: "P.R.S.".

Provenance: Desmond Ratcliffe via Trust.

Thomas, P.B.

1975/03/03 (3rd March, 1975)

T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "Many thanks for your letter of 3rd December regarding a further honour for Harry Mortimer" / signed "P.B. Thomas".

Address from: 24 Ulverscroft Road, Coventry CV3 5EZ.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "The Lady of Challotte" [Lady of Shalott]
Names as mentioned: "Harry Mortimer - Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Thomas, P.B.

1975/03/10 (10th March, 1975)

A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "Thank you very much for your letter last week and the news that you hope to attend the orchestral course at Quorn" / signed "P.B. Thomas".

Address from: 24 Ulverscroft Road, Coventry CV3 5EZ.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

Names as mentioned: "Nigel [Thomas] - Dr Christopher Edmunds - City of Coventry Band - National Youth Brass Band".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra, [list of undersigned names]

[1975/03/??] (undated)

A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "We are all very sorry that you are unable to be with us today. At the moment we have just finished breakfast and the camera men are just doing the last finishing touches to the setting" / signed "[list of undersigned names]”.

 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "overture 'Edinburgh'". 

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Leeds Philharmonic Society (Hon. Secretary: Elsie Wigglesworth)

1975/03/18 (18th March 1975)

T.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir Arthur") : "You will be pleased to know that our performance of MORNING HEROES was exceedingly well received by all concerned" / signed "E. Wigglesworth".

Address from: Old School House, Pool-in-Wharfedale Otley.
Address to: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London.

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Morning Heroes".
Names as mentioned: "Mr Priestman".
Places as mentioned: "America".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Bliss, Gertrude.

1975/06/25 (25th June, 1975)

T.L.S. to Christopher Palmer ("Mr Palmer") : "I have now heard from Muir Mathieson that in spite of a thorough search at Pinewood no trace of 'Things to Come'" / signed "Trudy Bliss".

Address from: 8, The Lane, Marlborough Place, London. 

 

 

Bliss music as mentioned: "Things to Come".
Names as mentioned: "Muir Mathieson".

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Great Britain. Department of the Environment (M.E. Neale)

1975/10/29 (29th October 1975)

Photocopy T.L.S. to Gertrude Bliss ("Madam") : "You were interested in the planning application by the Cuban Embassy to open a school for their children" / signed "M.E. Neale".

Address from: 2 Marsham Street London SW1. 

 

 

 

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.

Lancaster, R.D.

undated

Autograph poem to Arthur Bliss : "[poem about A.E.D.Bliss]" / signed "R.D. Lancaster".

Address from: 33 Mill Street, Hereford. 

 

 

 

Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.