2. Nocturne (extract Lifecycle) op.489b (1996)

Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Instrumentation: Piano
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Duration: 3:24
Sheet Music Available
Instrumental / piano score for sale

Nocturne is is available singly as a booklet  here:

It is also one of the pieces in 'Lifeycle' a collection of 24 piano pieces by Howard Blake which is available for sale complete as a book, here:
Recordings Available
Lifecycle, piano music of imagination and reflection
Released: 2003
Recorded: 2002
Artists: William Chen (Piano)
Available from: ABC Classics (Australia) Amazon UK

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


In B major, composed in 1975 in Cuckfield.  Published 1996 as Number 2 of 'Lifecycle'. (Previously published as number 2 of Eight Character Pieces). Popular as a piece for piano players of Grade 7 to 8.


28th October 2018 David Quigley piano recital, Harty Room, Queen's University of Belfast
12th October 2018 David Quiglay piano recital, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham 1.10pm
3rd March 2014 Vladimir Ashkenazy and Vovka Ashkenazy, DECCA RELEASE MARCH 3RD 2014

In 2011 Howard wrote the test-piece for The Hong Kong International Piano Competition which he attended. The President of the jury was Vladimir Ashkenazy who liked the work (Speech after long silence) and expressed his desire to record an album of Howard's piano music. This took place between March and July 2013. The repertoire includes two works for two pianos in which he is joined by his son Vovka and concert performances of these works were given in Lugano for RSI on 9th March 2013 just prior to the recordings. The completed 80-minute album also presents a wide selection of Howard Blake's solo pieces for piano performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy himself.  The completed album will be released by Decca on March 3rd 2014. The title track of the album is a solo piano version of 'Walking in the air' of which a single for download was issued as a pre-release for download on December 2nd 2013.

24th August 2013 William Chen (piano ),Yang Song (violin), Piano and violin recital at China Europe International Business School, Shanghai

The recital will include the second movement of the Violin Sonata

19th May 2013 Piano recital: Beethoven,Medtner,Schumann,Prokofiev,Chopin and Blake, St.James's Theatre Studio, 12 Palace Street, London SW1 4.00 pm

Three Blake pieces to be played by the Russian pianist Evgenia Startseva - notable for her performances partnering Maxim Vengerov.

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

Related Autobiography Chapters


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