MAKE BELIEVE op.358 (December 1985)

The song for the animated film 'Granpa'
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Instrumentation: voice,pno
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Note on Lyrics: Lyrics by Howard Blake
Duration: 4 mins
First Performance: Aled Jones and Howard as a surprise item in a concert at St. David's Hall, Cardiff, January 17, 1986
Sheet Music Available
Piano / Vocal score for sale
Recordings Available
Golden Flute
Recorded: 1996
Artists: Kenneth Smith (flute), Paul Rhodes (piano)

Making Tracks
Recorded: June 1990
Artists: Sinfonietta for Brass - Desford Colliery Caterpillar Band. James Watson (principal conductor)




The inspiration for the song and for the score of 'Granpa' came from a New Year's Eve hospital visit to Howard's father with his daughter, then aged 6. Their relationship mirrored John Burningham's story of the little girl and her fast-fading grandfather and Howard had the idea of creating a theme which was a counter-melody to 'Auld Lang Syne', as a song of fond farewell. The song was later orchestrated and recorded by Sarah Brightman as part of the completed film score.


Related Works

'GRANPA' op.360 (February 1986) (Audio Sample Available)
Score, songs and lyrics for a Channel 4 animated film featuring the voices of Peter Ustinov and Sarah Brightman. PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL
'GRANPA' op.393 (January 1988)
An animated children's opera (awarded the Prix Jeunesse International)
''Granpa' (piano and vocal score)' op.420 (1990)
The concert work based on the animated film, arranged for voice and piano by the composer
'Make-Believe from Granpa (For Brass)' op.555 (2005)
An arrangement by Darrol Barry

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