WALKING IN THE AIR IN D MINOR op.609 (October 2009)

Concert piece for solo piano as in 'Lifecycle' but transposed to simpler key of D minor
Published by: Highbridge Music Limited
Duration: 3:30
First Performance: Barnes Music Association 28th October 2009 by the composer

Sheet Music Available
Instrumental / piano score for sale

'Walking in the Air'  (D minor solo recital version, excerpt from 'Lifecycle') is available as sheet music for piano players of Grade 6 standard here:

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.

Recordings Available
Christmas In Vienna
Recorded: 21st December 1997
Artists: Walking in the Air, Placido Domingo, Sarah Brightman, Helmut Lotti, Riccardo Cocciante

Cliff at Christmas
Recorded: 2003
Artists: Cliff Richard

Lifecycle, piano music of imagination and reflection
Released: 2003
Recorded: 2002
Artists: William Chen (Piano)
Available from: ABC Classics (Australia) Amazon UK

Walking In The Air
Recorded: 1992
Artists: Kenneth Smith (flute), Paul Rhodes (piano)

You Raise Me Up - The Best of Aled Jones
Recorded: 2006
Artists: Walking in the Air

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.


The collection of 24 piano pieces entitled 'Lifecycle' contains one piece in each of the 24 keys and the concert version of 'Walking in the Air' (originally from the animated film 'The Snowman') made by the composer to fill this key-role in this 'Lifecycle' context  is written in C sharp minor. However, if played as a separate piece, Howard has tended to play it in its original key of D minor and to give it its premiere (outside of the contact of 'Lifecycle') Highbridge Music decided to edit and publish this D minor version as a single, separate work with the opus number of 609.

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
'PENNILLION FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO' op.571 (April 1994) (Audio Sample Available)
Theme and variations arranged from the original for violin and harp
'VIOLIN SONATA NO.2 - THE MADELEINE MITCHELL SONATA' op.586 (September 2007) (Audio Sample Available)
Naxos Sonata for violin and piano, concert work in 3 movements (dedicated to Madeleine Mitchell)
'FOUR EASY PIECES' op.608 (September 2009)
Four early piano pieces revised for performance

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