*TWELVE PIANO PIECES op.192 (October 1975)

A collection of pieces later to become part 1 of 'Lifecycle' N/A
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Instrumentation: piano
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Duration: 30 mins
Sheet Music Available
Instrumental / piano score for sale

The 12 Piano Pieces were inspired by a visit to London's Queen Elizabeth Hall when Vladimir Ashkenazy gave a complete programme of Scryabin. He suggested to Howard after the concert that he might write some 'entertaining pieces' fo piano and Howard set to work immediately, completing the first three within a week or so. All twelve were completed by October 1975 and a first performance was given by the composer in a BBC Brighton live broadcast soon after.

The second book of 12 further pieces were not created until 21 years later in 1996.

'Twelve Piano Pieces' are now only available as part of Lifecycle (all of the 24 pieces)

Eight of them were published as 'Eight Character Pieces' - a publication originally by Faber Music in 1985, now available from Highbridge Music.

A recording was made of 'Twelve Piano Pieces' by the composer in 1979 but this is not currently available.


  • 1: Prelude
  • 2: Nocturne
  • 3: Impromptu
  • 4: Toccatina
  • 5: Mazurka
  • 6: Song (Walking Song)
  • 7: Chaconne
  • 8: Scherzo
  • 9: Song
  • 10: Rag
  • 11: Study
  • 12: Berceuse


The Twelve Pieces for Piano can now be found in the collection of 24 pieces in all the major and minor keys entitled

'Lifecycle' (1996), published by Highbridge Music, July 2004 (see op.489)


26th August 1995 Howard Blake, The Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria

After a song recital by Frederika von Stade the composer was persuaded to give an impromptu performance of the 12 pieces in the main hall lit by candles. The idea was proposed by Ilona von Ronay who afterwards suggested that if HB were to complete the cycle of 24 she would engage him to perform the complete cycle at Schloss Rosenegg as part of her annual music festival there. HB wrote the further 12 as planned, renaming the piece 'Lifecycle' and giving the first performance on August 6th 1996

December 1978 Howard Blake, BBC Radio Brighton

Related Works

'*LIFECYCLE' op.489 (1996) (Audio Sample Available)
A sequence of 24 pieces for the piano - the complete 77 page album can be purchased by mail order
'*EIGHT CHARACTER PIECES' op.338 (1975) (Audio Sample Available)
Piano pieces later included in 'Lifecycle'
'TROLL DANCE' op.401 (September 1989)
Concert piece for brass quartet and percussion

Related Autobiography Chapters

75th birthday concert in the Wigmore Hall (2003)

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