Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss was an English composer born on August 2, 1891, in London. Bliss studied music at Cambridge and the Royal College of Music before serving in World War I, which influenced his later work. Bliss was initially known for experimental pieces such as Madam Noy and Conversations, but later shifted towards a more national, late romantic style that drew from Edward Elgar's music. His most notable works include A Colour Symphony, a four-part symphony that describes the four colors of a coat of arms, and several concertos such as Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, and Cello Concerto. Bliss also composed several evening-length ballets like Checkmate, Miracle in the Gorbals, and Adam Zero. Bliss composed the background music for the 1936 film Things to Come, which became one of his most famous works. Bliss passed away on March 27, 1975, in London.