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Collection name Sir Arthur Bliss Archive concert programme collection
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Description A collection of some 650 programmes for concerts of performances of the works of Sir Arthur Bliss (1891 – 1975) is held as part of the Bliss Archive. Programmes are accompanied in the majority of cases by other materials associated with the performances including press cuttings, publication announcements, arrangements for recordings or performances and copies of correspondence between either Sir Arthur or Lady Trudy Bliss and those concerned with the events.

Single work in a concert
The programmes are presented here in date order of composition of the work divided as follows, to reflect the physical storage of the material:

Section 1: 1907 – 1928
Section 2: 1929 – 1936
Section 3:1937 – 1954
Section 4: 1955 – 1974

A small number of programmes form a supplementary collection in a box file: these are included in the main sequence with a note of their location.

Multiple works in a concert
Where more than one work is performed as part of a concert, the archive holds a copy of the programme for each work at the appropriate position in the main chronological sequence. These are recorded as a separate list, in order of the date of the concert, giving the year of composition for each work to aid location.

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Associated People and Organisations Bliss, Arthur -
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Associated Times 20th century - early 1900-1930 20th century - mid 1931-1970 20th century - late 1971-1999 21st century
Associated Content Analytical Notes Brochures First performances Musical Examples Orchestra Lists Photographs Posters Programme notes
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Cambridge University Library, Music Department

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