TRIO FOR FLUTE CLARINET AND PIANO op.25 (January 1964)

A Trio In Three Movements derived from the music of Howard's film 'A few days'
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Commissioned by: Philip Pfaff - Chappell's
Instrumentation: Flute, clarinet and piano
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Duration: 8 mins
Sheet Music Available
Instrumental / piano score for sale
Instrumental parts for sale
available from Highbridge

Movements

  • 1: Allegretto
  • 2: Andante - Waltz - Andante
  • 3: Allegro Assai

Notes

Howard wrote, directed and edited a 16mm film called 'A Few Days' whilst working at The National Film Theatre in 1961/2. He also wrote the 'stream of consciousness' voice-over and composed the music score. The film was given a public performance in the main theatre of the NFT on April 25th 1963 as a short before the Humphrey Bogart feature 'The Maltese Falcon'. Following this performance the film was acquired by The British Film Institute Film Library.

In 1964 Howard was approached by the music publishers Chappell and Co. who suggested that he might revise the Romantic Theme (2.Allegro) from the film and use it to create a first movement of a trio, also suggesting that it would be more 'useful' if the harp part  could be replaced by piano. Howard agreed to this and also composed the 2nd movement (Andante-Waltz-Andante) and the 3rd movement (Allegro). The completed work was published by Chappells imprint 'Music for Education' (Music for instrumental ensemble) in 1964 as 'Trio for flute, clarinet and piano'. In 1961 Chappell's had published Howard's 'Fantasy-Allegro' -a trio for Flute/or Oboe/or B flat clarinet, bassoon and piano in their 'Music for Woodwind Ensemble' series; 'Party Pieces'-a suite for pianoforete; and 'Burlesca' for violin and pianoforte. The splendid premises of Chappell and Co, at this time were at 50 Bond Street and it was a great tragedy that not so much later the building was burnt down destroying original manuscripts and extensive archives. The publications by Highbridge Music are reprinted here from Howard's original materials.


Performances

8th May 2009 The Sterling Trio, St James's Piccadlly London, 1.10pm
December 2008

Related Works


'A FEW DAYS' op.6 (November 1962) (Audio Sample Available)
16mm. film - Script, Direction and Music by Howard Blake, Photography by Alf Francis
'PIANO TRIO NO.2' op.524 (2001)
Concert piece in 3 movements, an arrangement of the trio for flute, clarinet and piano (op.25) from the film 'A Few Days'
'Trio For Flute, Viola and Piano' op.524A (January 2001)
Concert piece in 3 movements - an arrangement of the trio for flute, clarinet and piano (op.25)
'Trio For Flute, Cello and Harp' op.559 (September 2005) (Audio Sample Available)
Concert piece in 3 movements - an arrangement of the trio for flute, clarinet and piano (op.25)
'TRIO FOR FLUTE, CLARINET AND HARP' op.598 (May 2009)
Concert piece in 3 movements - an arrangement of the trio for flute, clarinet and piano (op.25)

Related Autobiography Chapters


Playing the piano for a living (1964)

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