Sir Arthur Bliss (1891 – 1975) was a significant composer and pillar of the British musical establishment. Although Born in London, his father was from the United States and both countries were important in his life and career. In 1953 Sir Arthur was appointed Master of the Queen’s Musick, after which he added a steady stream of fanfares and ceremonial works to his list of works. In 1960 he was commissioned by the American Wind Symphony of Pittsburgh, which requested for festive work to feature on an extensive European tour, including a performance in London.
Bliss scored Greetings to a City for two brass choirs each of 2 trumpets, 2 horns and three trombones, with tuba and percussion. This adaptation for brass band instruments retains an element of antiphony by emphasing the contrast between the fanfare instruments (cornets and trombones) and the horns and tubas. Greetings to a City is cast in three connected sections, with extended fanfare episodes separated by a short lyrical interlude.
Greetings to a City is recorded by Brighouse & Rastrick Band (David Thornton) on The Music of Bliss and Howells, Doyen CD389.
© 1969 Robert King Music. Rights transferred to Alphonse Leduc Editions Musicales.This arrangement © 2018 Robert King Music. All Rights Reserved. International Copyright Secured.
Duration: 6 mins 30 secs
PHM09 Score and Parts £45.00
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