'THE SNOWMAN' CONCERT VERSION FOR STRING ORCHESTRA op.632 (June 2012)

A new version of the complete 26-minute classic animated film score made at the request of Sir Neville Marriner, with optional parts for treble and narrator and optional film projection)
Published by: Chester Music Ltd rental/film projection contact adam.harvey@musicsales.co.uk
Commissioned by: Sir Neville Marriner
Instrumentation:

String quartet (1 & 2 vn, va,vc) and string orchestra (1 & 2 vn, va,vc,cb)

The string quartet may be played either by members of the orchestra or by a separate named string quartet. They may choose to join in the tuttis or not at their own discretion and depending on how many players there are in the line-up.

 

 

 


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Note on Lyrics: Narration and lyrics by Howard Blake
Duration: 26 mins
First Performance: November 25th 2014 at Saint Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, London by the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner, narrated by the writer of the music, lyrics and narration - Howard Blake

Sheet Music Available
Full score for sale
Study score for sale
Orchestral parts for sale
Full score for hire
Study score for hire
Orchestral parts 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

Recordings Available
The Snowman - London Philharmonic Orchestra
Recorded: May 2006
Artists: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Chris Jarvis (narrator), David Parry (conductor)

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.

Performances

25th November 2014 Orchestra and soloists of The Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner, Church of Saint Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, London

Concertos and wind octet, soloists to be confirmed.

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
'The Snowman Suite for Violin and Piano' op.371a (January 1986)
One of a series of Snowman Instrumental Suites
'The Snowman Easy Piano Suite' op.371b (January 1986)
One of a series of Snowman Instrumental Suites
'Snowman Suite for flute and piano' op.371d (January 1986)
One of a series of Snowman Instrumental Suites
'The Snowman Suite for cello and piano' op.371e (January 1986)
One of a series of Snowman Instrumental Suites
'THE SNOWMAN BALLET (ORCHESTRAL VERSION IN ONE ACT)' op.452 (July 1993)
A ballet with choreography by Robert North and music by Howard Blake
'SNOWMAN SUITE (for string quartet)' op.457 (August 1993)
Concert suite in one movement
'SUITE FROM THE BALLET 'THE SNOWMAN' (FOR SATB CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA)' op.575 (November 2009)
Concert work for SATB and orchestra (optional solo treble in Walking in the Air) in 6 movements
'SYMPHONY: 'THE SNOWMAN'' op.595 (January 2010)
A work combining the music of 'The Snowman' (both the film and the ballet) into a symphony for choir and orch.
'The Snowman brass arrangement' op.596 (September 2008)
Arranged by Alfred Tubb
'WALKING IN THE AIR for string quartet' op.615 (August 2010)
A version of the Snowman song for string quartet, extracted from the Suite for String Quartet
'WALKING IN THE AIR FOR UNISON CHILDREN'S CHOIR, SOLO TENOR OBBLIGATO AND ORCHESTRA' op.626 (June 2011)
The song from the animated film of The Snowman specially arranged for BBC 'Songs of Praise' Christmas Day 2011
'THE SNOWMAN - FILM OF THE LIVE STAGE SHOW' op.628 (November 2010)
DVD VIDEO FILM with additional narration spoken by Joanna Lumley. Made for Sony Music Entertainment UK. Executive producers Stuart Rogers and Howard Blake

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