Lived: 1891 – 1975
Mostly in: England and America
Best Known For: Morning Heroes, A Colour Symphony, Checkmate, Oboe Quintet
Similar To: Britten, Walton, Lambert, Goossens

B y 1955 Arthur Bliss was at the height of a successful career. Now knighted and recently appointed Master of the Queen’s Music in succession to Sir Arnold Bax, he was commissioned to compose a major work for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He recalled that “when the commission came, before starting to write, as...

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