TRIO FOR FLUTE, CELLO AND HARP op.559 (September 2005)

Concert piece in 3 movements - an arrangement of the trio for flute, clarinet and piano (op.25)
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Duration: 8 mins
First Performance:

Recording of the album Howard Blake - chamber music (2006). Gay Byam grounds (flute), Joseph Spooner (cello) and Rowena Bass (harp).  Recorded at Mickleton Church, Gloucestershire September 21st 2005.  Released 2006 on Meridian CDE 84553. Available from Meridian and Amazon

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Howard Blake Chamber Music
Released: 2005
Recorded: 30th October 2005
Artists: Martyn Hill (tenor) with the English Serenata: Gabrielle Byam-Grounds (flute), Stephen Bingham and Anne Bradley (violins), Brenda Stewart (viola), Joseph Spooner (cello), Rowena Bass (harp)
Available from: Amazon UK Meridian

English Serenata Meridian 2006 (see 1st perf. above)


29th October 2015 Valeria Kurbatova harp, St. Mary's Church, The Boltons 7.15pm

A concert in aid of the Royal Lifebooat Institution

21st August 2014 Amy Umiah flute, Pierre Dumange cello, Valeria Kurbatova harp, British Isles Nusic Festival, Ardingly College


The Trio for flute, cello and harp is an arrangement of a 1962 work for flute, clarinet and piano. It survives the transition delightfully. French in orientation, cleanly and clearly lyric, generous in its melodic grace, it is a work of perfectly poised charm. Farewell My Gentle Harp is another vehicle for Martyn Hill, a Gaelic lament and truly lovely. Meanwhile Penillion for flute and harp – other versions exist – is inspired by Welsh music, though gently. I’ve heard it in its incarnation for violin and piano, and it’s perhaps not too surprising that this flute and harp version sounds far less ‘Carpathian’ in one or two of the variations, and rather more sweetly emollient.
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Jonathan Woolf, Musicweb-international, 10/1/2010

Related Works

'*A FEW DAYS' op.6 (November 1962) (Audio Sample Available)
Film, Script, Direction and Music by Howard Blake, Photography by Alf Francis
A Trio In Three Movements derived from the music of the film 'A few days', published by Chappell's
'*PIANO TRIO NO.2' op.524 (2001)
Concert piece in 3 movements, an arrangement of the music for flute, clarinet and piano (op.25) from the Howard Blake film made at the National Film Theatre 1963 film - 'A Few Days'
'TRIO FOR FLUTE, VIOLA AND PIANO' op.524A (January 2001)
Concert piece in 3 movements - an arrangement of Piano Trio no. 2 , 'A few days' op.25
Concert piece in 3 movements - an arrangement of the trio for flute, clarinet and piano (op.25)

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