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Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss (1891-1975), Composer
Sitter in 41 portraits
A composer of orchestral and chamber works, Bliss drew inspiration from painting and sculpture. After serving with distinction in World War One, he came to prominence with his Colour Symphony (1922). In 1930, Bliss wrote Morning Heroes, a symphony in memory of his brother and friends killed in battle in the war. Other important work includes the ballet Checkmate (1937) and the score for the film Things to Come (1935), considered one of the finest works in that medium. During World War Two he was the BBC's Director of Music and became Master of the Queen's Music from 1953.
by Elsie Gordon
snapshot print, 1923