Tag Archives: Arthur Bliss

Darts, ruins, and a cimbalom

Very occasionally being a music librarian can take you to the most unexpected places. I’ve recently returned from a trip to Basel prompted by a production of a new ballet, Robin Hood, choreographed by British choreographer Richard Wherlock, the Director and … Continue reading

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Curious music objects

On the occasion of Cambridge University Library’s 600th anniversary exhibition on curious objects, I would like to introduce you to some of the music objects in our collections. As objects they may perhaps be not quite as unusual as some of … Continue reading

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Arthur Bliss 125: WWI and The Somme

As part of the University Library’s exhibition celebrating the 125th anniversary of Sir Arthur Bliss’s birth, and as a tribute to those whose lives were lost during the Battle of the Somme in 1916, we are showing a case which … Continue reading

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Arthur Bliss 125

August 2nd 2016 is the 125th anniversary of the birth of Sir Arthur Bliss. At the University Library, we are celebrating this with a music corridor exhibition (opening first week of August 2016) focusing on three major strands: Bliss as a … Continue reading

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Ballets and bagpipes and audible birth?

What do lost ballets, trans-medial machines, sonic aspects of childbirth and an Argyll piper have in common? Answer:  They all feature in current PhD research topics at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge.

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To celebrate, to commemorate: Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976)

It cannot have escaped your notice that this year we celebrate the centenary of the birth of one of Britain’s greatest composers: Benjamin Britten.  Best known for works such as Peter Grimes, the Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and the … Continue reading

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The Bliss violin concerto: from composition to performance

“It was time that Sir Arthur Bliss wrote such a work, for bravura and cantilena are much in his line; and it is 16 years since he gave us a concerto” So wrote the music critic of The Times who … Continue reading

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