THE UP AND DOWN MAN op.156 (1972)

13 episodes of a mime series for tv
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Commissioned by: Radius Films for Thames Television
Instrumentation: Piano trio (Violin, cello and piano)
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Duration: 91 mins
First Performance: Recordings 1972-1973 Jack Rothstein, Peter Willison, Howard Blake
Recordings Available
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Movements

  • 1: WHERE'S MY BABY BIN 7 minutes
  • 2: THE HELPING HAND 7 minutes
  • 3: THE WINNER 7 minutes
  • 4: HOUSE HUNTER 7 minutes
  • 5: THE PAINTER 7 minutes
  • 6: THE EXPLORER 7 minutes
  • 7: THE SCHOLAR 7 minutes
  • 8: THE SCULPTOR 7 minutes
  • 9: THE PERFORMER 7 minutes
  • 10: THE ASSISTANT 7 minutes
  • 11: THE FISHERMAN 7 minutes
  • 12: THE ARTIST 7 minutes
  • 13: THE DOORMAN 7 minutes

Notes

Featuring mime artist Ben Benison Producer: Arthur Solomon, Director: Rex Bloomstein

These films are in fact 'silent movies' and Howard developed a technique of writing for a classical chamber ensemble with precise film synchronization which later helped greatly with animation films such as 'The Snowman', 'Granpa' and 'The Bear'

Related Works


'SUITE - THE UP AND DOWN MAN (FOR PIANO TRIO)' op.186 (May 1974)
Burlesque suite in 8 short movements, based on the music from a tv mime series
'Suite: The Up And Down Man' op.345 (January 1985)
Burlesque suite for orchestra
'The Up And Down Man (with narration)' op.392 (December 1988)
Burlesque suite for orchestra

Related Autobiography Chapters


'Movement for orchestra', 'Diversions', Jack Rothstein and the Violin Sonata (1972)

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