The Snowman Easy Piano Picture Book op.364a (April 1986)

Highlights of 'The Snowman' arranged for young players
Published by: Chester Music CH76890 www.chesternovello.com
Instrumentation: Piano
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Note on Lyrics: Lyrics and narration by Howard Blake
Duration: 5 mins
Sheet Music Available
Instrumental / piano score for sale
Instrumental / piano score for hire

All sheet music for "The Snowman" and "Walking In The Air" since 2010 is published and available from Chester Music Ltd, part of The Music Sales Group, www.chesternovello.com It can be purchased online from MusicRoom.com, or from music retailers.

"Walking In The Air" is also available in a concert piano-only version arranged by the composer direct from Highbridge Music as part of the collection of piano pieces called "Lifecycle", available form Amazon or from Highbridge Music; enquiries to anna@annamenzies.com

Howard Blake describes 25 years of The Snowman animated film and 10 years of The Snowman Stage Show at Sadler's Wells Peacock Theatre in London's West End and plays "Walking in the Air". View the recording here.

The classic original Columbia album conducted by Howard Blake with treble soloist Peter Auty and narration by Bernard Cribbins is available from Sony Music Entertainment CDX71116CD, Amazon and retailers.

The 2010 DVD film of The Snowman Live Stage Show narrated by Joanna Lumley is available from Sony Music Entertainment, CDR 81267; also from Amazon and retailers.

Movements

  • 1: The Snowman
  • 2: Building The Snowman
  • 3: Music-Box Dance
  • 4: Motor-Bike Galop
  • 5: Walking in the Air
  • 6: Dance of the Snowmen

Notes

This easy piano version of 'The Snowman' was specially arranged by the composer from the CBS Masterworks album first released in 1983, music , text and lyrics by  Howard Blake. It was dedicated to his son Christopher on his sixth birthday, March 30th 1986 and beautifully illustrated with original drawings by Diane Jackson, director of the 'The Snowman' animated film.

Lyrics

Lyric of 'Walking in the Air' by Howard Blake 1982

We're walking in the air,
We're floating in the moonlit sky,
The people far below are sleeping as we fly.

I'm holding very tight,
I'm riding in the midnight blue,
I'm finding I can fly so high above with you.

On across the world
The villages go by like dreams,
The rivers and the hills,
The forests and the streams.

Children gaze open mouthed,
Taken by surprise,
Nobody down below believes their eyes.

We're surfing in the air,
We're swimming in the frozen sky,
We're drifting over icy
Mountains floating by.

Suddenly swooping low on an ocean deep,
Rousing up a mighty monster from his sleep,

We're walking in the air,
We're floating in the midnight sky
And everyone who sees us greets us as we fly

Performances

10th March 2007 Les eleves de Sylvie Freret et Claude Marodon, et Anais Lalange (La conteuse), Salle de l'auditorium de l'ecole nationale de musique et danse, Lisieux pays d'Auge

A concert of music by Howard Blake, including pieces from 'Lifecycle'

Related Works


'THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra' op.323 (October 1983) (Audio Sample Available)
A concert work based on the score for the animated film with narration written by Howard Blake (based on the picture-book by Raymond Briggs and with his permission)
'THE SNOWMAN (animated children's film)' op.310 (September 1982)
Channel 4 animated film directed by Diane Jackson, wordless except for the featured song, 'Walking in the Air', music and lyrics by Howard Blake who also composed, orchestrated and conducted the score. Oscar nomination, best short film; BAFTA best children's programme; Bafta TV nomination - best graphics; Grand Prix Tampere International Short Film Festival etc

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