*DANCES FOR TWO PIANOS (2-stave version - separate parts 1 & 2) op.217 (March 1976)

A concert suite in 9 movements
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Commissioned by: Janet Canetty-Clarke on behalf of The Ditchling Choral Society
Instrumentation: 2 pnos
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Duration: 13 mins
First Performance: Wayne Marshall and Howard Blake at the King's Lynn Festival 1995

Sheet Music Available
Instrumental / piano score for sale
Recordings Available

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


  • 1: Parade
  • 2: Slow Ragtime
  • 3: Jump
  • 4: Medium Rock
  • 5: Folk Ballad
  • 6: Boogie
  • 7: Slow Waltz
  • 8: Cha-cha
  • 9: Galop


Composed for inclusion in an all Howard Blake concert by The Ditchling Choral Society September 1976


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.

9th March 2013 Daniel Dodds, Antonio Lysy, Vovka Ashkenazy, Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano (Radio Suizera Italiano in collaboration with Primo Piano) 20.30

The Piano Trio number 2 featured in this concert in Lugano alongside Shostakovich's Trio opus 67 and a two-piano arrangement of Moussorgsky's 'Una notte sul Monte Calvo' made by Vovka Ashkenazy

12th April 2007 William Chen and Laura MacDonald, Shanghai Conservatory Concert Hall
July 1995 Wayne Marshall and Howard Blake, King's Lynn Festival
9th March 1978 Howard Blake / Janet Cannetty-Clarke, BBC Radio Brighton

Related Works

'CONCERT DANCES' op.334 (May 1984)
A Concertante Suite for Piano And Orchestra
An Arrangement of 'Dances for Two Pianos'
'CONCERT DANCES' op.432 (February 1992)
An orchestral arrangement of 'Dances for two pianos'
A concert work arranged from 'Dances for two pianos'
'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
''THREE'S COMPANY' FOR PIANO TRIO' op.548 (February 2005)
A re-arrangement of 'Dances for two pianos' for violin, cello and piano
'LE BASSON QUI DANSE' op.550 (April 2005)
An arrangement of 'Dances for two pianos' for bassoon and piano

Related Autobiography Chapters

Dances for 2 pianos,Pink Panther,Toccata for the RPO,The Court of Love (1976)
'The Conquest of Space' - a work to launch the European Astra satellite (1988)
Prelude,Sarabande and Gigue,'Charter for Peace' (1995)
Prelude for Vova,James Joyce Songs,Snowman Fantasia for string orchestra (2012)
Nursery Rhymes for piano duet,Haiku and Parting,Piano Trio 'Elegia Stravagante' (2013)

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