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dc.contributor.other Arthur Bliss es
dc.contributor.other Royal Philharmonic Orchestra es
dc.contributor.other Charles Groves es
dc.contributor.other Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra es
dc.contributor.other Paavo Berglund es
dc.coverage.spatial London es
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-06T16:51:45Z
dc.date.available 2011
dc.date.available 2013-09-06T16:51:45Z
dc.date.copyright 2011
dc.date.issued 2013-09-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3881
dc.description.abstract Although outspoken in his support of the post-World War I Parisian avant-garde during his youth, English composer Arthur Bliss ended his long career as a dedicated proponent of a more conservative, neo-Romantic musical aesthetic. Educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge and at the Royal College of Music (where he found his studies with Charles Stanford too stifling), Bliss' earliest music (all later withdrawn and subsequently destroyed by the composer) shows a strong knowledge of and interest in the music of Edward Elgar. After service with the Royal Fusiliers (and later the Grenadier Guards) during the War, however, Bliss' musical aesthetic changed dramatically, and he quickly became known as a thoroughly "modern" composer, owing more allegiance to the exciting happenings on the continent than to the musical life of his own country. His music from the 1920s (such as the Rhapsody for two voices and chamber ensemble) is characterized by unusual vocal techniques, jazz influence, and striking harmonic procedures (not to mention occasionally exotic ensembles (e.g., the incidental music to The Tempest, 1921, scored for two male voices, trumpet, trombone, piano, gong, and five percussionists!). Bliss' notable career as a conductor began in 1921 with his appointment as conductor of the Portsmouth Philharmonic Society. Invited to compose a work for the Three Choirs Festival in 1922, Bliss created one of his best-known works, the Colour Symphony; this adventuresome work had the unwelcome side effect of causing a strain in the relationship between Bliss and Elgar, a dedicated conservative through whom the actual commission for the work had come. After two years in California with his brother and father (1923-1925) (during which time Bliss lived in semi-retirement from the musical world and married Trudy Hoffmann), the composer returned to Great Britain and resumed his active composing career with the Introduction and Allegro of 1926 (commissioned and premiered by Leopold Stokowski). Over the course of the 1920s Bliss began to re-evaluate his heritage as a composer and found him veering away from the "modernist" tendencies of the post-War years in favor of a richer melodic approach in which sound musical rhetoric and construction occasionally suffer in favor of expression and clarity of dramatic purpose. The five-movement Morning Heroes, a choral symphony dedicated to the victims of World War I and premiered in 1930, is a fine example of Bliss' new outlook. The first years of World War II were spent in the United States teaching at Berkeley, but Bliss returned to England to take over as director of music at the BBC from 1942 to 1944. Knighted for services to British music in 1950, Bliss served as Master of the Queen's Music from 1953 to until his death in 1975 at the age of 83. © Blair Johnston, All Music Guide es
dc.description.tableofcontents CD 1-- A colur symphony ; I. Purple (Andante maestoso), II. Red (Allegro vivace), III. Blue (Gently flowing), IV. Green (Moderato)-- Things to come (Music from the film) ; Prologue, Ballet for children, Attack, March, The world in ruins, The building of the new world, Attack on the moon gun, Epilogue-- Cello concerto ; I. Allegro deciso, II. Larghetto, III. Allegro-- es
dc.format.extent 79:23min es
dc.format.medium 1 CD Rom (79 min., 23 seg) : Stereo 4 3/4 plg es
dc.language.iso en_US es
dc.rights Uninorte F.m Estéreo es
dc.subject.lcc 793658866 es
dc.subject.lcsh Symphonies, Concertos (Cello) es
dc.title British Composers Bliss es
dc.title.alternative A colour Symphony es
dc.title.alternative Things to Come es
dc.title.alternative Cello Cocertos es
dc.language.rfc3066 eng es
dc.rights.holder Emi Records Ltd. es
dc.identifier.classification 5099902901824 es
dc.subject.cdu Bl.03 es


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1. I. A colur s ... ple (Andante maestoso).mp3 6:44 9.237Mb MPEG Audio mp3
2. II. A colur symphony - Red (Allegro vivace).mp3 7:42 10.55Mb MPEG Audio mp3
3. III. A colur ... Blue (Gently flowing).mp3 10:12 13.99Mb MPEG Audio mp3
4. IV. A colur symphony - Green (Moderato).mp3 8:21 11.46Mb MPEG Audio mp3
5 al 12. Things ... m the film) - Completo.wav 19:49 200.0Mb WAV audio wav
13. I.Cello concerto - Allegro deciso.mp3 12:08 16.65Mb MPEG Audio mp3
14. II. Cello concerto - Larghetto.mp3 7:42 10.56Mb MPEG Audio mp3
15. III. Cello concerto - Allegro.mp3 6:00 8.240Mb MPEG Audio mp3
A colur symphony - Completo.wav 32:50 331.4Mb WAV audio wav
Cello concerto - Completo.wav 25:43 259.6Mb WAV audio wav

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