Tag Archives: Arthur Bliss

A gift from Lehigh. Part II.

Last week I explained how Sir Arthur Bliss came to compose a fanfare for an American college football team, Lehigh University, who were desperate to defeat their old rivals, Lafayette. Jonathan Elkus, then director of Lehigh’s Concert Band discovered that the … Continue reading

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A gift from Lehigh. Part I.

Kate mentioned at the end of her tribute to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, last week, that we had a copy of the album – a gift from Lehigh University Concert Band. The record (an American edition on a Capitol label) … Continue reading

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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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