The English composer, Sir Arthur Bliss (1891-1975), was
born in the London suburb, Barnes. He attended Pembroke
College where he studied both the classics and music,
graduating in 1913. He attended the Royal College of Music
in London for a year, where he studied under Sir Charles
Stanford, but also found inspiration from Ralph Vaughan
Williams and Gustav Holst, as well as fellow students
Herbert Howells, Eugene Goosens and Arthur Benjamin.
The manuscript of Bliss's popular work known as his
'Oboe Quintet'has the title handwritten as 'Music for
oboe & four strings.' It is dedicated 'To Elizabeth
Sprague Coolidge, true friend to all music, young as
well as old.' The Quintet was premiered on Sept. 11,
1927 with Leon Goossens and the Venetian Quartet. Alban
Berg was in attendance at the premiere and afterward
praised the Quintet to Bliss. Today the Oboe Quintet is
remembered as one of the finest works of the composer.
Many of the inconsistencies between the score and parts
in the original publication have been corrected in this
new edition, edited by Valarie Anderson.
The set of parts and the full score are sold separately.