PRELUDE FOR VOVA op.640 (April 2012)

A piano piece requested by Vladimir Ashkenazy (Vova) composed on the first three letters of his name
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Commissioned by: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Instrumentation: Solo piano

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Duration: 3 mins
First Performance:
Recorded by for release on Decca Classical March 3rd 2014 for the album 'Walking in the Air - the music of Howard Blake' Vladimir Ashkenazy

Recordings Available
Walking in the Air - Vladimir Ashkenazy - The piano music of Howard Blake
Released: 3rd March 2014
Recorded: June 2013
Artists: Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano) Vovka Ashkenazy (piano)
Available from: Amazon UK

Recorded as one of the works on the album 'WALKING IN THE AIR - THE MUSIC OF HOWARD BLAKE' performed by VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY and released on March 3rd 2014 on Decca Classics 478 6300  www,


The piece consists of a theme based on the first three letters of the name Ashkenazy - A.S.H:  

A natural is the A, S or As in German musical notation is A flat (enharmonically G sharp), H in German musical notation is B naturaL.

The dedication reads:

'Dedicated to Vladimir Davidovich Ashkenazy with greatest respect and admiration'






7th July 2018 The prize-winning young English pianist Julian Trevelyan, supported by the British Council, will perform a recital programme of solo piano classics and give the European premiere of Howard's epic 'Snowman Rhapsody'., Gasteig Munich

Beethoven sonata op.27 no. 1   (15 mins)

Beethoven sonata op.27 no. 2 Moonlight   (15 mins)
Chopin - Etudes op.25 nos. 1, 2 and 3   (6 mins)
Blake  Prelude for Vova  (3 mins)

- interval -

Schubert Adagio in E major D612    (5 mins)
Blake Snowman Rhapsody    (43 mins)


13th April 2014
- 14th April 2014
Vladimir Ashkenazy, Decca CD album of Howard Blake's piano music

  'Walking in the Air', the music of Howard Blake performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy, joined by his son Vovka in the works for two pianos. Classic FM Album of the Weekend 13-14 April 2014

3rd March 2014 Vladimir Ashkenazy and Vovka Ashkenazy, DECCA RELEASE MARCH 3RD 2014

In 2011 Howard wrote the test-piece for The Hong Kong International Piano Competition which he attended. The President of the jury was Vladimir Ashkenazy who liked the work (Speech after long silence) and expressed his desire to record an album of Howard's piano music. This took place between March and July 2013. The repertoire includes two works for two pianos in which he is joined by his son Vovka and concert performances of these works were given in Lugano for RSI on 9th March 2013 just prior to the recordings. The completed 80-minute album also presents a wide selection of Howard Blake's solo pieces for piano performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy himself.  The completed album will be released by Decca on March 3rd 2014. The title track of the album is a solo piano version of 'Walking in the air' of which a single for download was issued as a pre-release for download on December 2nd 2013.

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