Recordings

This page contains a comprehensive list of Howard Blake's music which has been recorded, but may or may not be currently available.

The published recordings page lists commercially available recordings of the music of Howard Blake, together with details of current suppliers where known.

The links page contains a list of online shops which may stock certain works, but if a recording cannot be traced it is worth making a direct enquiry to this site.

'AN ELEPHANT CALLED SLOWLY' - CONCERT SUITE op.674 (August 2015)
Music from the score of the film sequel to 'Born Free' starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers
LP vinyl USA available from Bell Records NY or AMAZON
'DIRGE FOR FIDELE' FOR CLARINET AND ORCHESTRA op.458 (August 1993)
Arrangement created for Jack Brymer and The Medici
George Martin Presents The Medici Quartet CFMCD 5 Classic FM
'FAREWELL MY GENTLE HARP' FOR TENOR AND HARP op.517 (March 2000) Audio sample available
A song for Tenor and Harp, see also op.218
Meridian CD 2006
'HEARTBEAT' - A CONCERT PIECE FOR TENOR SAXOPHONE op.319 (May 1982)
A concert piece for tenor saxophone solo, jazz quartet and strings
BBC recording of the first performance
'IF' op.506 (March 1999)
A setting of the poem by Kipling, a commission for children's chorus and orchestra
Video made by Thomas' Schools
'WALKING IN THE AIR' DUET VERSION FOR TENOR, TREBLE, AND STRING ORCHESTRA op.681 (August 2016)
An arrangement specially created for ONE VOICE AT CHRISTMAS a recording using the original treble voice recording of 1985 along with the tenor voice in the present
Released by Global/Classic FM 25.11.2016
*A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY op.374 (November 1986)
Score for the Channel 4 feature film starring Kenneth Branagh and Colin Firth, directed by Pat O'Connor, produced by Ken Trodd. BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE ANTHONY ASQUITH AWARD FOR MUSICAL EXCELLENCE

Howard Blake's composed score is available as 'Suite:A Month in the Country' conducted by Paul Daniel with the strings of the English Northern Philharmonia in a recording issued by ASV, CD DCA 905 principally featuring Violin Concerto (''The Leeds'').  Video AND DVD of the complete film also available.

*BENEDICTUS op.282 (May 1980) Audio sample available
Dramatic oratorio for tenor, speaker, chorus, solo viola and orchestra commissioned by Victor Farwell, Abbot of Worth, for the 1500th anniversary of St. Benedict of Nursia b.480 AD

*Recorded by Robert Tear (tenor),The Bach Choir, Boy Choristers of St Paul`s Cathedral, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Williams,solo viola, Sir David Willcocks,conductor, Abbey Road Studios, 1988. SONY CDHB2

Available from Highbridge, Amazon and dealers

The full text is available on request

*In 2015 the 12'' vinyl LP has been re-released on ESPRIT, 27 years after its original recording for Sony

*JUBILATE DEO op.406 (January 1990) Audio sample available
A psalm setting for choir and organ
CD Recording by Abington Church Choir
*SPEECH AFTER LONG SILENCE op.610 (February 2010)
concert piece for solo piano

1. Giuseppe Andaloro can be seen on You Tube giving his brilliant prize-winning performance of this piece in the Hong Kong Concert Hall

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jtIn4r7VA4&feature=related

2. 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.deccaclassics.com  www,vladimirashkenazy.com

 


 

*THE CANTERVILLE GHOST op.365 (June 1986)
Score for a film of the Oscar Wilde story, starring Sir John Gielgud as the ghost
VIDEO RELEASED
*THE MOON STALLION op.272 (October 1978)
Score for a children's BBC TV Series produced by Dorothea Brooking

CD soundtrack album of  9 selected tracks available from Highbridge Music.

Video and DVD versions of the complete series are available from Amazon

*THE PASSION OF MARY (for soloists, chorus and orchestra) op.577 (December 2006) Audio sample available
Dramatic oratorio for soprano, tenor, treble, bass, (additional alto, tenor, bass solos from within the choir), SATB chorus and orchestra

THE PASSION OF MARY (dramatic oratorio) PATRICIA ROZARIO, ROBERT WILLIAM BLAKE, RICHARD EDGAR-WILSON, DAVID WILSON-JOHNSON, LONDON VOICES (CHORUS MASTER TERRY EDWARDS), ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY HOWARD BLAKE

NAXOS DDD 8.572453 RELEASED APRIL 2010

COUPLED WITH 'FOUR SONGS OF THE NATIVITY', SONG-CYCLE FOR SATB CHOIR AND BRASS ENSEMBLE. RICHARD EDGAR-WILSON, LONDON VOICES (CHORUS MASTER TERRY EDWARDS), ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY HOWARD BLAKE

 

*THE REMARKABLE ROCKET op.354 (October 1985)
A concert work for narrator (or film) and orchestra
Video: Two films, 'The Selfish Giant' and 'The Remarkable Rocket' available from Readers Digest RDV 87-009
*THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS op.271 (December 1978) Audio sample available
Score for the feature film of Erskine Childers' novel directed by Tony Maylam (Michael York, Francesca Annis)

Complete score CD AIRSTRIP ONE (for promotion purposes)

A FEW DAYS op.6 (November 1962) Audio sample available
16mm. film - Script, Direction and Music by Howard Blake, Photography by Alf Francis

Trio for Flute, cello and harp, opus 0559, is recorded on the album HOWARD BLAKE - CHAMBER MUSIC issued by Naxos CDE 84553 2005. It is an arrangement made in 2005 of the original Trio for flute clarinet and piano opus 25, itself adapted from the music for the film 'A Few days' on 1963.

Flute: Gabrielle Byam-Grounds, Cello: Joseph Spooner, Harp: Rowena Bass

Produced by Richard Hughes and Susanna Stanzeleit

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM op.487 (November 1995) Audio sample available
Songs and score for a film of The Royal Shakespeare Company's production, starring Alex Jennings and Lindsay Duncan.
EDENWOOD CD JAPAN CINEMA ASSOCIATES
A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY (FOR STRING QUARTET) op.611 (March 2010)
Transcription of the suite for string orchestra
Released on Naxos 26th June 2011. Naxos 8.572688
A TWISTED NERVE op.47 (July 1968)
Arrangement of the theme of the Boulting Brothers film for the composer, Bernard Hermann. Starring Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett
LP of 'Twisted Nerve' and 'Les Bicyclettes de Belsize' (1969)
ADVICE FROM A CATERPILLAR (excerpt from 'Wonderland') op.668 (March 2015)
Concert piece for violin and piano
Wonderland CD released on Orchid Classics November 2016
AGATHA op.265 (April 1978)
Musical direction and composer of a full orchestral score for the feature film starring Dustin Hoffman and Vanessa Redgrave, directed by Michael Apted
Recordings of the score for perusal/study purposes only by special arrangement.
ALL DONE WITH MIRRORS op.51 (June 1968) Audio sample available
Film score for "The Avengers" TV Series

THE AVENGERS -TARA KING SEASON SCORE Double album CD released 08 08 2011 on SILVA SCREEN RECORDS SILCD1363

 

DVDs of complete film episodes available from AMAZON
ALL GOD'S CREATURES op.468 (August 1994)
Song-cycle for children's voices and orchestra
CD of a live performance available on request
AMITYVILLE 3-D op.324 (July 1983) Audio sample available
Score for a USA feature film directed by Richard Fleischer and produced by Dino de Laurentiis
Complete score coupled with 'Flash Gordon' www.supercollector.com (promotion purposes only)
AN ELEPHANT CALLED SLOWLY op.70 (1969) Audio sample available
Score for a feature film, sequel to 'Born Free', starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers

Complete vinyl album of score issued by Bell Records NY, Bell 1202 a division of CBS Pictures Industries Inc. 1970. CD issued 2003 Amazon. DVD issued 2005 Amazon


ARCHANGELS' LULLABY op.436A (December 1991) Audio sample available
(an arrangment for cello and piano)
CHILDREN'S CELLO. Recording of  'Archangel's Lullaby' by Steven Isserlis (cello) and Stephen Hough (piano) on CD 'Children's Cello' track 26. c & p 2006 BIS-CD-1562 
AS YOU LIKE IT op.347 (April 1985)
Songs and incidental music for a production of the play at the Royal Shakespeare Company's theatre in Stratford, directed by Adrian Noble
'Sweet Swan of Avon' English Serenata, Meridian CDE 84301
Ballad (extract Lifecycle) op.489i (1996)
Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon
BASSOON CONCERTO op.607 (September 2009) Audio sample available
Concerto for bassoon and string orchestra

RECORDED BY GUSTAVO NUNEZ/ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS/SIR NEVILLE MARRINER/TITLE OF ALBUM 'THE BARBER OF NEVILLE' PENTATONE CLASSICS SUPER AUDIO CD HYBRID MULTICHANNEL PTC 5186 506 2013  www.pentatonemusic.com

In 1971 Howard composed a quintet for oboe and string quartet which was given a student performance at the RCM by David Powell, later oboist with the BBC Philharmonic. However no further promotion of the work was made after that time and the composer left it amongst  pieces 'under consideration for revision'. In 2009 a suggestion was made by Bob Briggs and Len Mullenger of Music Web International that Howard should hear the brilliant young bassoonist Karen Geoghegan at a forthcoming Prom with a view to possibly writing a new concerto for her and the proposal that the work should be recorded by Chandos Records. Howard met Karen after the concert and she expressed an interest in the proposal. On reflection Howard believed that the early oboe quintet might translate well for bassoon and during the course of the summer he reshaped the material into this concerto for bassoon and string orchestra. Karen played it through with Howard and was delighted. Music critic Bob Briggs wrote : 'The Concerto is in three movements, a medium paced opening one - Moderato - a very beautiful slow movement and a sparkling Presto finale with a cadenza which brings together music from all three movements.' The project unravelled however when Ralph Couzens of Chandos signed Karen and much to everybody's dismay decided against including the work in her proposed recording schedule. However, in 2011 Sir Neville Marriner suggested including it in an album of Howard Blake woodwind concertos and approached Gustavo Nunes as soloist. It was recorded in St John Smith Square in September 2012

First concert performance tba.

 

Berceuse (extract Lifecycle) op.489l (1996)
Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon
BLUE SEA AND EVENING SKY op.5C (May 1960)
An orchestral piece for a film library
Available from JW Media Music
Chaconne (extract Lifecycle) op.489g (1996)

1. Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon

 2. 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.deccaclassics.com  www,vladimirashkenazy.com

CHARTER FOR PEACE op.480 (May 1995)
A piece for chorus and orchestra to celebrate the 50th anniversary of UNO
A video was made of the ceremony by BCA (Bonham Carter Associate).
CHRISTMAS LULLABY op.413 (April 1990) Audio sample available
Duet for soprano, mezzo-soprano and orchestra
Recording available by request
CLARINET CONCERTO op.329 (February 1984) Audio sample available
Concerto for clarinet and chamber orchestra commisssioned and premiered by THEA KING

1.CD THEA KING /English chamber orchestra/Conducted by HOWARD BLAKE/HYPERION A66215 1985

2. CD Thea King/ECO/'My England' compilation of the above on Resonance CDRSB505 

3. CD ANDREW MARRINER (giving the first performance of the concerto with the composer's revised version of the clarinet part for the first movement) /ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS/conducted by SIR NEVILLE MARRINER/TITLE OF ALBUM 'THE BARBER OF NEVILLE' PENTATONE CLASSICS SUPER AUDIO CD HYBRID MULTICHANNEL PTC 5186 506 2013  www.pentatonemusic.com

CLARINET CONCERTO (revised edition) op.329a (November 2011) Audio sample available

RECORDED ON CD BY ANDREW MARRINER (first performance of this revised version) /ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS/conducted by SIR NEVILLE MARRINER/TITLE OF ALBUM 'THE BARBER OF NEVILLE' PENTATONE CLASSICS SUPER AUDIO CD HYBRID MULTICHANNEL PTC 5186 506 2013  www.pentatonemusic.com


Dance of the Hunters (extract Lifecycle) op.489p (1996)
Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon
Dance of the Sun and the Moon (extract Lifecycle) op.489q (1996)
Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon
DANCES FOR TWO PIANOS (2-stave version - separate parts 1 & 2) op.217 (March 1976) Audio sample available
A concert suite in 9 movements

1. Twelve Piano Pieces and Dances for Two Pianos, WML 2001 Watermill Records, Howard Blake and Janet Canetty-Clarke 1976

2. (excerpt) MCD 65  Masters, Pickwick:Nettle and Markham play Slow Ragtime and Folk Ballad 

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

DANCES FOR TWO PIANOS (four-stave version) op.217a (1976)
A suite of nine short dances for two pianos
A recording of the transcription for Violin and Piano titled 'Jazz Dances' is available on the Naxos disk Howard Blake: Music for Piano and Strings, 2008
DIVERSIONS - A BALLET IN ONE ACT FOR LONDON CONTEMPORARY DANCE THEATRE op.167a (November 1973)
A ballet based on the original 'Diversions' score for cello and piano
LP Watermill wml 2002
DIVERSIONS FOR CELLO AND ORCHESTRA op.337 (September 1984) Audio sample available
A concerto for cello in the form of a suite in 8 movements
Recording by Robert Cohen (solo cello), conducted by Howard Blake, with The Philharmonia Orchestra, 1990. Sony CD HB3 23

1. CD COLOMBIA/SONY CLASSICS CD ORIGINALLY RELEASED IN MAY 1991: ROBERT COHEN (CELLO), THE PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY HOWARD BLAKE  SONY HB3 23

2. SONY CLASSICS: RE-RELEASE OF THE ORIGINAL ALBUM (AS ABOVE) ON OCTOBER 28TH 2008 WITH NEW BOOKLET AND  ARTWORK (COPYRIGHT SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT (UK LTD) 8697376972
DIVERSIONS FOR CELLO AND PIANO op.337A (1985)
A suite for cello and piano transcribed from the work for cello and orchestra, opus 327. Definitive cello and piano version

A recording of the orchestral version was made by Robert Cohen and The Philharmonia conducted by the composer, first issued on Sony CD HB3 in 1991 and re-issued by Sony BMG Music Entertainment UK Ltd 8697376972 in 2008 with a new booklet and artwork.


 


Diversions For Marimba And Orchestra op.439 (September 1991)
A transcription of 'Diversions for cello and orchestra'
Heather Corbett (marimba), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, cond. by Julian Clayton, BBC Glasgow 26.06.2003 BBC copyright recording
Diversions for marimba and piano op.439A (1985)
Arranged from "Diversions For Marimba And Orchestra", see opus 439.

There is a recording of the work in its original instrumentation for cello and orchestra, played by Robert Cohen with The Philharmonia conducted by the composer, recently re-released by Sony Classics 88697376972

There is a demo CD of the work in a version for marimba and orchestra recorded by Heather Corbett with The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Julian Claton (available on request)

EIGHT CHARACTER PIECES op.338 (1975) Audio sample available
Piano pieces later included in 'Lifecycle'

1. The eight pieces which comprise this work can be heard as items within the CD 'Lifecycle - piano music of imagination and reflection' recorded by William Chen for ABC Classics 476 118-4 in the Eugene Goossens Hall Sydney 2003

2. The 30-second samples which you can hear on MP3 are taken from a vinyl recording made by the composer himself in the seventies and not currently available on CD

3. The name 'EIGHT CHARACTER PIECES' is given to the first eight pieces recorded as one of the works on the album 'WALKING IN THE AIR - THE MUSIC OF HOWARD BLAKE' performed by VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY released on March 3rd 2014 on Decca Classics 478 6300 www.deccaclassics.com  www,vladimirashkenazy.com 

It should be noted that the pieces recorded under the title 'Eight Character Pieces' on this 2014 Decca recording differ in order and content from the 'Eight Character Pieces'  published as a sheet-music selection by Faber Music back  in 1984 (now withdrawn). Maestro Ashkenazy has recorded the first eight in the order originally composed and as currently published and available from Highbridge Music as the first eight pieces in the collection called  'Lifecycle'. These eight pieces are:

opus 489a Prelude

opus 489b Nocturne

opus 489c Impromptu

opus 489d Toccatina

opus 489e Mazurka

opus 489f Walking Song

opus 489g Chaconne

opus 489h Scherzo

ELEGY op.444 (July 1992)
An arrangement for flute and piano of the slow movement of the clarinet concerto
Rec. on ASV CD DCA 862 THE REED OF PAN by Kenneth Smith and Paul Rhodes 1993
EVA op.481 (March 1996)
A ballet in 3 acts for orchestra, solo violin and satb chorus - the story of 'everywoman' choreographed by Robert North for Gothenburg Opera House
Video of the complete 3-act performance on March 13 1996 available by special request.
FAREWELL MY GENTLE HARP op.218 (January 1976)
A song for soprano and harp
First recording released 2006
FASTER THAN THAT op.7B (1962)
An orchestral piece for a film library
Available from JW Media Music
FESTIVAL MASS (for a cappella double choir) op.377 (April 1987) Audio sample available
An eight-part unaccompanied setting of the mass in Latin for SSAATTBB
WORCESTER CATHEDRAL CHOIR, ALPHA AC 579 ABBEY RECORDS 'IN QUIRES AND PLACES' SERIES II No.1
FLASH GORDON op.293 (September 1980) Audio sample available
Score composed and conducted for the feature film directed by Mike Hodges, produced by Dino de Laurentiis. Score written in collaboration with 'Queen' with whom he shared a BRITISH ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATION

Flash Gordon complete orchestral score on www.Supercollector.com

DVD,VIDEO of film

CD of 'Queen' music

FLUTE CONCERTO op.493A (October 1996) Audio sample available
A transcription from the original Flute Quintet.
 3. CD JAIME MARTIN/ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS/SIR NEVILLE MARRINER/TITLE OF ALBUM 'THE BARBER OF NEVILLE' PENTATONE CLASSICS SUPER AUDIO CD HYBRID MULTICHANNEL PTC 5186 506 2013  www.pentatonemusic.com
FLUTE QUINTET op.493 (September 1996) Audio sample available
Concert work in 4 movements for flute and string quartet

1. HOWARD BLAKE: CHAMBER MUSIC (2006). GABRIELLE BYAM-GROUNDS (flute) and THE ENGLISH SERENATA  Recorded at Mickleton Church, Gloucestershire on September 21st 2005.  Released 2006 on MERIDIAN CDE 84553. Available from Meridian and Amazon

 

2. BRITANNIA Arco Baleno Ensemble with Peter Verhoyen solo flute, (Etcetera-records 1372) released July 2008: music for flute, strings and harpsichord by British composers - Rutter, Bridge, Blake, Jacob, Stephenson

FOUR EASY PIECES op.1B (November 1956)
Piano pieces for children

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.deccaclassics.com  www,vladimirashkenazy.com

FOUR MINIATURES op.7 (1962)
A concert suite in 4 movements for small orchestra.
Recording by RTV Ljubljana Symphony Orchestra,Samo Hubad, Ljubjana, Slovenia, October 1973. (LP Apollo Sound 1974 AS 1018).
FOUR SONGS OF THE NATIVITY FOR SATB AND 5 BRASS op.531 (October 2002)
Re-arrangement of the work originally for SATB choir and 8 brass
A first recording to be released in Spring 2010 by Naxos with London Voices and the brass of the RPO conducted by Howard Blake on a CD with the dramatic oratorio 'The Passion of Mary'.
GAME op.53 (July 1968) Audio sample available
Film score for "The Avengers" TV Series

THE AVENGERS -TARA KING SEASON SCORE Double album CD released 08 08 2011 on SILVA SCREEN RECORDS SILCD1363

 

DVDs of complete film episodes available from AMAZON
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 CD CBS HB1 1988

VIDEO RELEASE

GRANPA op.393 (January 1988)
An animated children's opera (awarded the Prix Jeunesse International)

To listen to an excerpt refer to opus 360

Originally released by CBS/Sony GRANPA CD CBS/SONY HB1 1988. 

Re-released by Highbridge HM6002 April 2006 from whom it is available on request. (see links on Highbridge Music home page) under license from SBE Subsidiary BV

HAIKU op.567 (April 2006)
Piano piece
Track on CD by William Chen 2006  www.Matsuishi.co.jp Japan
HAIKU FOR YU-CHEE op.650 (May 2013)
Short piano piece
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.deccaclassics.com  www,vladimirashkenazy.com
HAMMOND IN PERCUSSION op.16 (1965)
Arrangements and compositions created for an EMI instrumental solo album

LP album EMI Studio 2 192  1966 Amazon

Recording SX6040 Abbey Road Studio 2 1965

HAPPY OCCASION op.10 (1963)
An orchestral piece for a film library
Available from JW Media Music
HEARTBEAT op.404 (December 1989)
Concerto for tenor saxophone, big band and orchestra
BBC recording of the FP
HOWARD BLAKE SONGBOOK op.684 (December 2016)
An album of concert songs for tenor and piano
CD album available from December 18th 2016 from Highbridge Music, contact anna@annamenzies.com
Impromptu (extract Lifecycle) op.489c (1996)

1. Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon

 2.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.deccaclassics.com  www,vladimirashkenazy.com

Isabelle (extract Lifecycle) op.489r (1996)
Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon
JAZZ DANCES ARRANGED FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO op.520a (April 2001) Audio sample available
A concert arrangement of 'Dances for Two Pianos' for violin and piano
Recorded on NAXOS: HOWARD BLAKE MUSIC FOR PIANO & STRINGS (74'15'') Madeleine Mitchell (violin) and Howard Blake (piano) Naxos 8.572083 released October 28th 2008 www.naxos.com
JULIE op.11 (1963)
An orchestral piece for a film library
Available from JW Media Music
Jump (extract Lifecycle) op.489t (1996)
Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon
LATIN MOON op.13 (1964)
An orchestral piece for a film library
Available from JW Media Music
LAURA op.604 (September 2009) Audio sample available
Piano theme from 'The Duellists' improvised by the composer

1. The Duellists Original Soundtrack CD is available from Amazon

2. 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.deccaclassics.com  www,vladimirashkenazy.com

LE BONHOMME DE NEIGE (for narrator , treble and orchestra) op.342 (January 1985)
A French version of 'The Snowman'
Orchestra Symphonique de la Monnaie conducted by Dirk Boiy, narrator Olivier Gourmet, for release November 2006
LEDA AND THE SWAN (A BALLET FOR TELEVISON) op.249 (July 1977)
A ballet choreographed by Lynn Seymour
1.Naxos 8.572688 'Spieltrieb', Edinburgh String Quartet 2010
LEDA AND THE SWAN (CONCERT VERSION) op.249A (August 1978) Audio sample available
string quartet

First recording as a concert work by The Edinburgh String Quartet in 2010 for Naxos.

Released on 26th June 2011. Naxos 8.572688.

Let Music Live! (2) op.491 (September 1996)
A short concert piece for chorus and even more enormous orchestra
A recording was made by Classic FM
LIFECYCLE op.489 (1996) Audio sample available
A sequence of 24 pieces for the piano

Recorded by William Chen in the Eugene Goossens Hall, Sydney, January 2003 and released with the sub-title 'Piano Music of Imagination and Reflection'

ABC Classics 476 118-4

MAKE BELIEVE op.358 (December 1985)
The song for the animated film 'Granpa'

GRANPA CD CBS HB1 1988

VIDEO RELEASE

Make-Believe (extract Lifecycle) op.489x (1996)
Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon
Mazurka (extract Lifecycle) op.489e (1996)

1. Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon

2. 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.deccaclassics.com  www,vladimirashkenazy.com

MEETING AND PARTING op.192a (March 1977)
A ballet created from '12 Piano Pieces' by Robert North for London Contemporary Dance Theatre
CD ABC Classics 476 1184 Lifecycle, William Chen
MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - SUITE FOR ORCHESTRA op.656 (March 2014)
A suite for 3 sopranos and small orchestra created from the music of Adrian Noble's Royal Shakespeare Company film

1. A recording of the complete unedited music soundtrack of the RSC film was issued in 1996 by Channel 4 in conjunction with Japan Cinema Associates

2. A recording of this Suite for orchestra tba

MME. DE LEON'S SALON op.583 (March 2007)
Piano solo from the film 'The Duellists'

DVD The Duellists/Paramount

CD of soundtrack Airstrip One Company 

MY LIFE SO FAR op.508 (June 1999)
Score for a feature film (with Beethoven excerpts conducted by Sir Simon Rattle), starring Colin Firth, Rosemary Harris, Irene Jacob, Malcom MacDowell, Mary Elisabeth Mastrantonio, directed by Hugh Hudson, produced by Sir David Puttnam
DVD Video Buena Vista Home Entertainment
MY WILDEST DREAM op.49 (May 1968) Audio sample available
Film score for "The Avengers" TV Series

THE AVENGERS -TARA KING SEASON SCORE Double album CD released 08 08 2011 on SILVA SCREEN RECORDS SILCD1363

 

DVDs of complete film episodes available from AMAZON

Night and Day (extract Lifecycle) op.489v (1996)
Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon
Nocturne (extract Lifecycle) op.489b (1996)

1. Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon

 

2.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.deccaclassics.com  www,vladimirashkenazy.com

NOON DOOMSDAY op.54 (August 1968) Audio sample available
Film score starting the 4th series of 'The Avengers'

THE AVENGERS -TARA KING SEASON SCORE Double album CD released 08 08 2011 on SILVA SCREEN RECORDS SILCD1363

 

DVDs of complete film episodes available from AMAZON
NURSERY RHYME OVERTURE op.335 (September 1984) Audio sample available
A children's concert work for orchestra (and guessing game)

GRANPA CD first released on CBS/SONY HB1 1988 (deleted 1993)

To be re-released April 2006. Highbridge Music CD 6002 (under license from SME Subsidiary BV) as item on CD titled 'Granpa'

Oberon (Shakespeare) - a piece from 'Lifecycle' op.489w (1996)
Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon
OBOE QUINTET (for oboe and string quartet) op.131 (July 1971) Audio sample available
Concert work in 3 movements
Study recording available on demand
PARTING op.650a (May 2013)
Short piano piece
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.deccaclassics.com  www,vladimirashkenazy.com
PAS DE DEUX - CREATED FOR THE MARGOT FONTEYN TOUR 1979 op.287A (1979)
A dance created by Robert North to the Andante of the Piano Quartet
Piano Quartet, Naxos 'Music for piano and strings'
PASSING TIME op.445 (May 1992)
Instrumental 'love-theme' from the 1968 Hammer film 'The Lost Continent' re-arranged as a concert instrumental for jazz ensemble
CD of live first performance available by application.
PENNILLION (For Flute And Harp) op.448 (March 1993) Audio sample available
Theme and variations arranged from the original for violin and harp
HOWARD BLAKE: CHAMBER MUSIC (2006). GAY BYAM-GROUNDS (flute) and ROWENA BASS (harp).  Recorded at Mickleton Church, Gloucestershire on September 21st 2005.  Released 2006 on MERIDIAN RECORDS CDE 84553. Available from Meridian and Amazon
PENNILLION (FOR VIOLIN AND HARP) op.202 (April 1975)
A Welsh-inspired theme and variations
First recording released Spring 2006
PENNILLION FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO op.571 (April 1994) Audio sample available
Theme and variations arranged from the original for violin and harp
Recorded on NAXOS: HOWARD BLAKE MUSIC FOR PIANO & STRINGS (74'15'') Madeleine Mitchell (violin) and Howard Blake (piano) Naxos 8.572083 released October 28th 2008 www.naxos.com
PIANO CONCERTO op.412 (April 1991) Audio sample available
Concerto for piano and orchestra to celebrate the 30th birthday of Diana, Princess of Wales
1. CD COLOMBIA/SONY CLASSICS CD ORIGINALLY RELEASED IN MAY 1991: HOWARD BLAKE (PIANO), THE PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY SIR DAVID WILLCOCKS SONY HB3 23

2. SONY CLASSICS: RE-RELEASE OF THE ORIGINAL ALBUM (AS ABOVE) ON OCTOBER 28TH 2008 WITH NEW BOOKLET AND  ARTWORK (COPYRIGHT SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT (UK LTD) 869737697
PIANO FANTASY op.1 (August 1955)
A concert piece for piano in 3 contrasted sections

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.deccaclassics.com  www,vladimirashkenazy.com

PIANO QUARTET op.179 (January 1974) Audio sample available
Concert work in four movements

Released by NAXOS using the recording made by the original performers on 28th October 2008. Album HOWARD BLAKE: MUSIC FOR PIANO & STRINGS naxos 8.572083 naxos www.naxos.com

PRELUDE FOR SOLO VIOLA op.402 (1989)
The Prelude from "Benedictus" as a concert piece.
Benedictus CBS/Sony CD CBS HB2
PRELUDE FOR VOVA op.640 (April 2012)
A piano piece requested by Vladimir Ashkenazy (Vova) composed on the first three letters of his name
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.deccaclassics.com  www,vladimirashkenazy.com
PRELUDE, SARABANDE AND GIGUE op.477 (January 1995) Audio sample available
A concert work for solo guitar
'SARABANDE'/RICHARD DURRANT/CD LONGMAN 001
Prelude: Allegro Risoluto (extract Lifecycle) op.489m (1996)
Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon
Prelude:Andantino (extract Lifecycle) op.489a (1996) Audio sample available

1. Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon

 2.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.deccaclassics.com  www,vladimirashkenazy.com

Rag (extract Lifecycle) op.489j (1996)
Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon
REFLECTIONS - A BALLET FOR BALLET RAMBERT op.290A (1979)
A ballet by Robert North using the Piano Quartet
CD Watermill 2002
REFLECTIONS - A BALLET IN ONE ACT op.179a (1976)
A ballet created from the Piano Quartet by Robert North for Ballet Rambert
LP Watermill wml 2002
REMEMBRANCE MARCH op.5B (1960)
An orchestral piece for a film library
Available from JW Media Music
RHAPSODY FOR A SUMMER'S NIGHT op.5E (December 1962)
A piece for piano and orchestra
Recorded in a version arranged by Clive Lythgoe for piano solo only without orchestra on LMN Records USA 1995 DIDX 030561 LMN 001
RIDE OF THE VALKYRIE op.28 (May 1967)
A film score for 'Zero', a film by Peter Brook starring Zero Mostel, part three of the trilogy 'Red,White and Zero'
Available as a special order on demand only
RIDLEY SCOTT AND HOWARD BLAKE ON THE MAKING OF 'THE DUELLISTS' op.530B (May 2002)
The Duellists (Special Collectors Edition) DVD of the feature film with commentaries
DVD AND Video CC08975 TM and Copyright Paramont Pictures
Romanza (extract Lifecycle) op.489o (1996)

1. Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon

 2.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.deccaclassics.com  www,vladimirashkenazy.com

S.O.S.TITANIC op.284 (August 1979) Audio sample available
Score for the USA/UK feature film starring David Janssen, Ian Holm, Helen Mirren, David Warner, Cloris Leachman

1.DVD IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT 2002

 

2.CD album from the original soundtrack SILVA SCREEN RECORDS

SILCO 1387  2013   30 TRACKS www.silvascreenmusic.com

Scherzo (extract Lifecycle) op.489h (1996)

1. Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon

2. 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.deccaclassics.com  www,vladimirashkenazy.com

SCORPIO op.17A (May 1966)
organ instrumental
That Hammond Sound, Studio 2 192 EMI Records 1966
SERENADE FOR WIND OCTET op.419 (October 1990) Audio sample available
A concert work in 3 movements
In 2018 a splendid performance was given in Madrid by the wind octet of Juan Battista Gonzalez and recorded on You Tube  https://youtu.be/ZNGseB-rrrQ
Serioso - come una marcia lenta (extract Lifecycle) op.489s (1996)
Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon
SHAKESPEARE SONGS (for tenor and string orchestra) op.378a (October 1987)
Song-cycle
The version for tenor and string quartet is available on an album called Chamber Music issued by Meridian Records and sung by Martyn Hill with the English Serenata
SHAKESPEARE SONGS (for tenor and string quartet) op.378 (July 1987) Audio sample available
A song-cycle
Recorded on HOWARD BLAKE: CHAMBER MUSIC: MARTYN HILL (tenor) and English Serenata 2006 MERIDIAN CDE 84553
SHAKESPEARE SONGS FOR MEZZO-SOPRANO op.414 (June 1990)
Arrangement in D major by the composer transposed from the original for tenor and string quartet in E
Recording of the original version for tenor and string quartet on Meridian CDE84553 Howard Blake: Chamber Music by Martyn Hill and English Serenata. Recording by Richard and Susan Hughes in St. Lawrence's Parish Church, Mickleton, Glos.
SHARK op.16B (August 1965)
organ instrumental
SX 9040 EMI Records 1965
SINFONIETTA op.300 (May 1981) Audio sample available
A concert work for 10 brass for the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble

Recorded by the brass section of The English Northern Philharmonia conducted by Paul Daniel 1994. ASV CD DCA 90

SNOWMAN SUITE FOR STRING QUARTET op.457 (August 1993) Audio sample available
Concert suite in one movement

1. George Martin Presents The Medici Quartet CFMCD 5 Classic FM

2. Pavao String Quartet, A Christmas Collection 2007 

SOMEWHERE A STAR SHINES FOR EVERYONE op.509 (April 1999)
The song for girl soprano, tenor, baritone and orchestra from 'The Bear'

Video, DVD of 'The Bear', Charlotte Church, Martyn Hill,

CD demo disk of The Bear for narrator and orchestra on request

SONATA FOR TWO PIANOS op.130 (June 1971) Audio sample available
Concert work in four movements
Recorded as one of the works on the album 'WALKING IN THE AIR - THE MUSIC OF HOWARD BLAKE' performed by VLADIMIR AND VOVA ASHKENAZY and released on March 3rd 2014 on Decca Classics 478 6300 www.deccaclassics.com  www,vladimirashkenazy.com
SONATA FOR TWO PIANOS REVISED VERSION SEE OPUS 130 op.473 (October 1994)
A revised version of the concert work for two pianos (see op.130)
Tape of live performance on demand
SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO op.586 (September 2007) Audio sample available
Violin Sonata, concert work in 3 movements

Recorded on NAXOS: HOWARD BLAKE MUSIC FOR PIANO & STRINGS (74'15'') Madeleine Mitchell (violin) and Howard Blake (piano) Naxos 8.572083 released October 28th 2008 www.naxos.com

SPIELTRIEB op.594 (September 2008) Audio sample available
string quartet in one movement

Released on Naxos 26th June. Naxos 8.572688

STABAT MATER FOR SOLOISTS, CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA - SKETCH ONLY N/A op.521 (May 2001)
A dramatic oratorio, later revised, extended and retitled 'The Passion of Mary' (see op. 577)
CD of first performance for study reference only
STRING TRIO op.199 (January 1975)
Concert work in 3 movements

Naxos CD recording made by The Edinburgh Quartet at the Reid Hall, Edinburgh June 5-7 2010. Released on Naxos 26th June 2011. Naxos 8.572688

Study (extract Lifecycle) op.489k (1996)
Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon
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

The original album of The Snowman with Bernard Cribbins as narrator (26') is available on CBS Masterworks(Sony)71116.

DVD and CD versions of much of this material was made available by Reiner Moritz Associates 1998.

Sony Entertainments release of a DVD of The Snowman Stage Show complete for Christmas 2010

SUITE: 'THE DUELLISTS' op.492 (September 1996)
Orchestral suite adapted from the film score

Paul Bateman, Swashbucklers, City of Prague Philharmonic.

Airstrip One Company complete film score for promotional purposes. Supertracks Music Group International

SUITE: FLASH GORDON op.453 (June 1993)
Orchestral concert suite adapted from the film score
Nic Raine, Silver Screen collection, Prague
SUITE:A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY op.446 (June 1992) Audio sample available
A concert work for string orchestra adapted from the film score
ASV digital CD/PAUL DANIEL CD DCA 905 with Violin Concerto (The Leeds)
SUPER SECRET CYPHER SNATCH op.52 (July 1968) Audio sample available
Film score for "The Avengers" TV Series

THE AVENGERS -TARA KING SEASON SCORE Double album CD released 08 08 2011 on SILVA SCREEN RECORDS SILCD1363

 

DVDs of complete film episodes available from AMAZON
SYMPHONIC EXTRACT op.9 (1963)
An orchestral piece for a film library
Available from JW Media Music
SYMPHONY NO. 1 - IMPRESSIONS OF A CITY op.42 (January 1967)
Symphonic concert work in one movement

LP released by Apollo Sound 1973 N/A.

Recording available from Highbridge Music on demand.

SYMPHONY NO. 2 - 'TOCCATA' op.386 (May 1988) Audio sample available
A 'concerto for orchestra' in an extended one-movement form consisting of a toccata, fugue and finale. aka 'A celebration of the orchestra'.'

1. CD COLOMBIA/SONY CLASSICS CD ORIGINALLY RELEASED IN MAY 1991: THE PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY HOWARD BLAKE SONY HB3 23

2. SONY CLASSICS: RE-RELEASE OF THE ORIGINAL ALBUM (AS ABOVE) ON OCTOBER 28TH 2008 WITH NEW BOOKLET AND  ARTWORK (COPYRIGHT SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT (UK LTD) 8697376972

TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER op.57 (December 1968) Audio sample available
Film score for 'The Avengers' TV series

THE AVENGERS -TARA KING SEASON SCORE Double album CD released 08 08 2011 on SILVA SCREEN RECORDS SILCD1363

 

DVDs of complete film episodes available from AMAZON
THAT HAMMOND SOUND op.17 (1966)
Arrangements and compositions for an EMI solo instrumental album
LP album EMI Studio 2 192 1966
THE BEAR op.496 (March 1998)
Songs and score for an animated film made for Channel 4 featuring the song 'Somewhere a star shines for everyone', sung on the film by 'discovery' Charlotte Church.
Channel 4/Miramax animated film released on DVD 1999
THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION to be narrated or performed with projected film, girl soprano, tenor and baritone soloists and orchestra op.510 (April 1999) Audio sample available
The music and songs comprising this concert work were originally created for the animated film of 1999

TVC/Channel 4 animated film released on DVD 1999

Audio CD available for performance reference with tenor Martyn Hill, bass Petr Knapp, girl soprano Charlotte Church

Documentary film of the making of the animated film titled 'The Bear's Tale' available from Channel 4 TV.


THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION WITH PROJECTED FILM op.697 (February 2018)
to be performed specifically with projected film, girl soprano, tenor and baritone soloists and orchestra
CD and DVD on request from Highbridge Music
THE CHANGELING op.274 (January 1979)
Theme music (the music-box theme) for the feature film starring George C.Scott. Director Peter Medak

1.'Lifecycle', TRACK 14. William Chen ABC Classics (Australia) 476 118-4 available from ABC (Australia) , Amazon, Presto Classical (UK)

2. THE CHANGELING Original motion picture soundtrack 'The Changeling' CD Percepto Records 2001 www.percepto.com for promotional uses only.

THE CONQUEST OF SPACE op.381 (February 1988) Audio sample available
An orchestral overture work commissioned to celebrate the launch of the European satellite, ASTRA

The Sinfonia of London conducted by Howard Blake, Abbey Road Studios 23.7.1988

First released on CBS/Sony 1988 as a track on the album 'Granpa'.titled 'The Conquest of Space

Re-released April 2006. Highbridge Music CD 6002 (under license from SME Subsidiary BV) on the CD titled 'Granpa'

THE DUELLISTS op.247 (March 1977) Audio sample available
Score for the feature film directed by Ridley Scott, produced by David Puttnam. SPECIAL JURY PRIZE CANNES FESTIVAL 1977: IVOR NOVELLO BEST SCORE NOMINATION 1977.

DVD Paramount Home Video 2004, with commentary on the score by HB

CD Airstrip One Company, Complete Score (for promotional purposes only)

Video and audio clips may be available on YouTube.

THE ENCHANTMENT OF VENUS op.566 (March 2006)
Concert Work (for basset clarinet and piano)
Recording in preparation
THE ENCHANTMENT OF VENUS FOR CELLO AND PIANO op.629 (September 2011)
Concert piece transcribed from the work for basset clarinet and piano
Genuin CD album release for autumn 2014. Thecello works of Howard Blake played by the composer (piano) with Benedict Kloeckner (cello)
THE HUNGER op.314 (October 1982) Audio sample available
Music supervised, arranged, conducted (and in some instances played) by Howard Blake for the feature film directed by Tony Scott starring Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie

The Hunger, Varese Sarabande VSD 47261. (However this CD omits much of the music used in the film -see Movements section)

Film available on DVD and video

THE INTERROGATORS op.56 (October 1968) Audio sample available
Film score for "The Avengers"

THE AVENGERS -TARA KING SEASON SCORE Double album CD released 08 08 2011 on SILVA SCREEN RECORDS SILCD1363

 

DVDs of complete film episodes available from AMAZON
THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE op.451 (May 1993) Audio sample available
A song-cycle to poems by Robert Louis Stevenson for male speaker, film (optional), choir and orchestra
HIGHBRIDGE MUSIC CD 2007  Made by The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the choir of The Mary Erskine School Edinburgh with David Rintoul (as Robert Louis Stevenson as a man) and Niall Rice (as Robert Louis Stevenson as a boy) and conducted by the composer. Available from this site Highbridge Music on demand
THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE - FILM SCRIPT op.451A (July 1994)
A script created for an animated film of the song-cycle (op. 451)
A CD is available from Highbridge Music recorded by Mary Erskine School Choir with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by the composer.
THE LORDS OF DISCIPLINE (USA version) op.320A (January 1983)
Score for a feature film starring David Keith and directed by Frank Roddam - an alternative 'all-American' score recorded in Hollywood
DVD,Video of 'Lords of Discipline'
THE LOST CONTINENT op.36 (April 1968)
Four cues composed and performed for a Hammer feature film

LOST CONTINENT CD GDI RECORDS www.gdirecords.com

Tracks 24 and 25 are composed and played by Howard Blake on Hammond organ with rhythm section but not credited.

The Music Box (extract Lifecycle), theme from the film The Changeling op.489n (1996) Audio sample available
Piano theme from the film with George C.Scott

1. Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon

2. 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.deccaclassics.com  www,vladimirashkenazy.com

THE NEW NATIONAL SONGBOOK op.190 (November 1974) Audio sample available
An entertainment for The Scholars vocal group and ensemble based on the book 'The English Difference' by Paul Jennings and others

LP on Firecrest FEU 1002, cover design by Hugh Casson. performed by The Scholars 1975, available from Highbridge

(also issued by DECCA, 1979-1984)


THE PRINCE AND ME op.545A (January 2004)
Song adapted from 'An Elephant Called Slowly' used for this feature film as 'Just a Ride'
'Just a ride', Jem Griffith. Amazon
THE RAINBOW BOYS op.163 (February 1973)
Score for a Canadian feature film starring Donald Pleasance. Kate Reid and Don Calfa
Much Records Quebec, EP
THE REMARKABLE ROCKET op.189 (August 1974)
Score for an animated film of the Oscar Wilde story for CBS/Reader's Digest with narration by David Niven

Video: 'The Selfish Giant' and 'The Remarkable Rocket'- RDV 87-009

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
Video of the film DVD Universal 902 030 2 11, DVD Columbia Tristar Home Video from Amazon
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
DVD VIDEO narrated by Joanna Lumley VFD48159 2010 Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd CDR 81267. from Amazon and all retailers
THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra op.323 (October 1983) Audio sample available
A concert version of the score for the animated film

CD Sony BMG (Columbia) CDX 71116 (complete CD of The Snowman, first with narration by Bernard Cribbins second without narration).

Available from from Amazon and other retailers. 

The 1985 Aled Jones cover version of "Walking In The Air" is available from EMI. 

Many other cover versions available - see The Snowman site 

1.'THE SNOWMAN' (1983), THE COMPLETE MUSIC SOUNDTRACK OF THE ANIMATED FILM WITH ADDED NARRATION SPOKEN BY BERNARD CRIBBINS, 'WALKING ON THE AIR' SUNG BY TREBLE, PETER AUTY, WITH THE SINFONIA OF LONDON CONDUCTED BY THE COMPOSER, HOWARD BLAKE ON COLUMBIA CDX 71116, 'SIDE A' WITH NARRATOR, 'SIDE B' MUSIC ONLY.  AVAILABLE FROM SONY CLASSICS AND AMAZON

2. 'THE SNOWMAN' (2008) WORDS AND MUSIC BY HOWARD BLAKE; PRODUCED BY HOWARD BLAKE, NARRATED BY JAMES NESBITT, TREBLE, PETER AUTY, THE SINFONIA OF LONDON CONDUCTED BY THE COMPOSER, SONY/BMG 86972 02502COLUMBIA, 'SIDE A' WITH NARRATOR, 'SIDE B' MUSIC ONLY.  AVAILABLE ON SONY CLASSICS AND AMAZON

 

THE SNOWMAN PIANO SCORE op.323a (November 1983)
The complete concert work based on the animated film, arranged for narrator, boy soprano and piano by the composer
see op.323 for recording details and audio excerpts.
THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (TWELVE-PLAYER VERSION) op.459 (September 1993) Audio sample available
A full-evening theatre show in two acts, based on the book by Raymond Briggs, the film by TVC and incorporating the music of the ballet (arranged here for 12 instruments)

DVD of complete show made in 1998 beautifully shot with Kasper Cornish, Monica Zamoura (by permission of The Birmingham Royal Ballet), Drew McConie, treble Thomas Gubbins (by permission of Winchester Cathedral), produced by Neil Mundy, directed by Thomas Grimm. 'The Snowman Stage Show', Reiner Moritz Associates, 1998 Contender-RGN2 Europe CTD 10125. Also CD RMA001

THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION op.522 (December 2000)
The definitive stage version of The Snowman as produced at The Peacock Theatre, London 2000-2018 by Sadler's Wells/Birmingham Rep, based on the book by Raymond Briggs and the Channel 4 animated film
Complete study DVD available from Birmingham Rep
THE SONG OF SAINT FRANCIS op.248 (May 1977) Audio sample available
A cantata setting of 'Il Cantico del Sole' for SATB chorus and orchestra
Recording of live performance available on request for study purposes
THE SONG OF SAINT FRANCIS (FOR SATB CHOIR AND PIANO) op.209 (January 1976)
A cantata for chorus and piano with an early Italian text, composed for The Ditchling Choral Society (see orchestral version op.248)
A reording of a live performance is available on demand.
THE STATION op.427 (June 1991) Audio sample available
A comic opera in one act for 7 singers, piano and string quartet

CD of a live performance available


THE UP AND DOWN MAN op.156 (1972)
13 episodes of a mime series for Thames Television
video
THEME FROM H op.16A (August 1965)
Organ instrumental
SX 6040 EMI Records 1965
THEME MUSIC op.27 (May 1967)
An instrumental library album composed and played by Howard Blake and ensemble


Special order CD, published by Highbridge Music Ltd, Studio 6, 18 Kensington Court Place, London W8 5BJ  London  Enquiries to Anna@annamenzies.com +44 7711 617718

THEME MUSIC

An instrumental album of music

composed and played by

HOWARD BLAKE

Piano/Hammond organ  HOWARD BLAKE

Vibraphone/percussion  JIM LAWLESS

Guitar  JOHN McLAUGHLIN

Bass-guitar/bass  DAVE RICHMOND

Drums  TONY KINSEY

Originally published as a library disk by Joseph Weinberger Ltd 1967

Duration: c. 30 mins  Recorded Lansdowne Studios, London 27 05 1967

Movements

1: Colt 45  2: Kill Or Be Killed  3. March Of The Grommets  4.They! are coming
5.  High 'n Groovy 6. Kraken  7. Bongo Riff  8. Sebastian Swings  9. Night Tapestry 10 The Silver Seas  11. Scherzo In Jazz  12. Country Sunday 13 Cathedral Splendour

It is thought that tracks from this album were used in the Spider-Man animated series from 1967-70, "Colt 45" as intro to the episode "The Evil Sorcerer" and other tracks as incidental music in the episodes "The Evil Sorcerer" and "Vine".

 

 

 

THREE SUSSEX SONGS op.164 (May 1973)
A song-cycle for mezzo soprano and piano, composed for Helen Watts
On demand
THREE SUSSEX SONGS (ARRANGED FOR SOPRANO AND PIANO) op.542 (November 2003) Audio sample available
A song-cycle

A live recording of the performance by Patricia Rozario and Howard Blake at the Wigmore Hall in 2003 is available on request

HOWARD BLAKE – THREE SUSSEX SONGS

Words by Judith Garrett

A Song Cycle – Opus 542 Nov 2003

 

This is the Delicate Time of Year – 4.21

I Wait Through the Daylight Hours – 4.02

The Dying Fall of Summers Music – 3.58

 

In 1971 Howard moved to Highbridge Mill in

Cuckfield, Mid Sussex.   In 1973 the internationally

famous mezzo-soprano.Helen Watts moved to

the cottage next to Highbridge Mill and she

encouraged Howard to write the song cycle.

 A first performance was given by her and the

composer in All Saints Church, Cuckfield on

5th October 1973..

This is a recording made at the Wigmore Hall,

 London on 19th November 2003 by Patricia

 Rozario, soprano with Howard Blake as pianist

 

highbridge music limited

www.howardblake.com

contact: anna@annamenzies.com

 

 

 

Toccatina (extract Lifecycle) op.489d (1996)

1. Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon

 2.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.deccaclassics.com  www,vladimirashkenazy.com

TRIO FOR FLUTE , CELLO AND PIANO op.617 (September 2010)
adapted from the version of the trio for flute, cello and harp

Available in the version for Flute, cello and harp on Meridian CDE84553

'HOWARD BLAKE - CHAMBER MUSIC'

ENGLISH SERENATA

Gabrielle Byam-Grounds Flute, Joseph Spooner cello, Rowena Bass harp

programme includes 'Pennillion for flute and harp, Quintet for flute and string quartet

(and Martyn Hill tenor sings 'Shakespeare Songs for Tenor and string quartet')

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)
English Serenata Meridian 2006 (see 1st perf. above)
VARIATIONS FOR HARP ON A THEME FROM HENRY V op.346 (1985)
Concert version of 10 variations on a theme composed for the Royal Shakespeare Company's Henry V
Vanessa Sonderup (nee McKeand) on You Tube
VICTOR/VICTORIA op.298 (February 1981)
Orchestrations for Henry Mancini for the Blake Edwards feature film starring Julie Andrews, James Garner and Robert Preston. Henry Mancini was awarded Oscar for best adaptation of score
Blake Edwards' Victor Victoria CD Polygram
VIOLIN CONCERTO - THE LEEDS op.441 (July 1992) Audio sample available
A Concerto for violin and orchestra

Christiane Edinger (solo violin), The Northern Philharmonia conducted by Paul Daniel. ASV CD DCA905 1994

Revelations ASV compilation CD 1997

WALKING IN THE AIR (a duet version for treble, tenor & orchestra) op.576 (August 2006)
A new version of the song from The Snowman composed for Aled Jones

YOU RAISE ME UP, THE BEST OF ALED JONES. Track 4 of 'YOU RAISE ME UP' by Aled Jones UCJ (Universal Classics and Jazz) also featuring Hayley Westenra and Bryn Terfel

WWW.CLASSICSANDJAZZ.CO.UK 28947 65721

Walking in the Air (extract Lifecycle) op.489u (1996)

1. Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon

2. 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.deccaclassics.com  www,vladimirashkenazy.com

Walking In The Air - Instrumental Versions op.364b (1986)
An arrangement of the theme song from The Snowman for organ
CD recording by Robert Gower 1986
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
Naxos release June 27 2011 Edinburgh Quartet
Walking Song (extract Lifecycle) op.489f (1996)

1. Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon

2.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.deccaclassics.com  www,vladimirashkenazy.com

WE'RE WALKING IN THE AIR - A CAPPELLA VERSION op.343 (January 1985)
A version for a cappella voices
CD THE KING' SINGERS
WHO WAS THAT MAN I SAW YOU WITH? op.58 (January 1969) Audio sample available
Film score for 'The Avengers' TV series

THE AVENGERS -TARA KING SEASON SCORE Double album CD released 08 08 2011 on SILVA SCREEN RECORDS SILCD1363

 

DVDs of complete film episodes available from AMAZON
WHOEVER SHOT POOR GEORGE OBLIQUE STROKE XR40 op.50 (May 1968) Audio sample available
Film score section for "The Avengers" TV Series (Title Music Only)

THE AVENGERS -TARA KING SEASON SCORE Double album CD released 08 08 2011 on SILVA SCREEN RECORDS SILCD1363

 

DVDs of complete film episodes available from AMAZON
WISH YOU WERE HERE op.55 (September 1968) Audio sample available
Film score for "The Avengers" TV series

THE AVENGERS -TARA KING SEASON SCORE Double album CD released 08 08 2011 on SILVA SCREEN RECORDS SILCD1363

 

DVDs of complete film episodes available from AMAZON
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