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    Sir Arthur Bliss

    SIR ARTHUR BLISS - A COLOUR SYMPHONY

    ORCHESTRA: BBC NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES
    CONDUCTOR: RICHARD HICKOX

    Yesterday I heard 'Purple', the first movement of Bliss`s Colour Symphony on the radio, and I really enjoyed it. Apparently Bliss was influenced by Stravinsky and Debussy, so no wonder. Here are the movement titles-

    1. Purple
    2. Red
    3. Blue
    4. Green

    So I went on an Arthur Bliss music hunt. I found and listened to parts of these works-

    Pastoral - for clarinet and piano
    Royal Fanfares - for brass ensemble
    Lady of Shallot - ballet
    Introduction and Allegro - orchestral work
    Things to Come - orchestral film music

    Lots of good things! Anyone know/like this composer`s work(s)?
    ''Music, I feel, should be emotional first and intellectual second.'' - Maurice Ravel
    ''The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work.'' - Michael Jackson


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    Yup, I have 3 CD's, plus some compositions scattered over mixed CD's. The three Bliss CD's are:

    - A colour symphony/Checkmate suite (Chandos)
    - Cello concerto/Music for strings/Two studies (Naxos)
    - Shield of faith/Mar Portugues/Birthday song/River music/The world is changed (Chandos)

    Less pastoral than most of his contemporaries - interesting composer!

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    The colour symphony is now featured in my blog, including a medium quality MP3 link to listen to it. Recommended.

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    Damn it, why don`t Winrar files work for me.
    ''Music, I feel, should be emotional first and intellectual second.'' - Maurice Ravel
    ''The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work.'' - Michael Jackson


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    You can download the winrar programme free of charge on various sites. It is a trial version, but even after expiry, it still packs and unpacks.

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    Actually, I used to have it before my pc was repaired, and I couldn`t get it to work then either... I`ll have to look into it.
    ''Music, I feel, should be emotional first and intellectual second.'' - Maurice Ravel
    ''The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work.'' - Michael Jackson


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    The colour symphony is a great work. I own a mini score of it, in particular his orchestral writting and sense of orchestration is very "impressionist" in feel (like Ravel and Debussy). I remember in 1988 the BBC National Orchestra of Wales played it in a concert as for Australia's bicentenary. I'm checkmate, however. I own about 3 different recordings of it and wish one day, that my hometown orchestra will play it (Sydney Symphony).

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