EPILOGUE FOR SOLO VIOLIN op.713 (April 2020)

An arrangement of the closing viola solo from the oratorio 'Benedictus'
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Commissioned by: Alan Parmenter
Instrumentation: solo violin

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Duration: 5 mins
First Performance:

The music was originally composed for solo viola to begin and end Howard Blake’s oratorio ‘Benedictus’ and at the first performance in Worth Abbey in 1980 it was played by the great violist Frederick Riddle. After a performance at St Albans Cathedral in 2019, critic Roderick Dunnett of 'The Church Times' wrote “The finishing touch of the viola solo was one of genius.” The version for solo violin was recorded on film during the lockdown by violinist Alan Parmenter at the composer's studio in Kensington, 18th June 2020. See Howard Blake Official YouTube.


Sheet Music Available
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Howard Blake Official YouTube https://youtu.be/m139DB_mLqI


Related Works

'*BENEDICTUS' op.282 (May 1980) (Audio Sample Available)
Dramatic oratorio for tenor, speaker, chorus, solo viola and orchestra commissioned by Victor Farwell, Abbot of Worth, for the 1500th anniversary of St. Benedict of Nursia b.480 AD
Dramatic oratorio for tenor soloist, speaker,SATB chorus, solo viola and orchestra [first performance version, not publicly available] To listen to an excerpt refer to opus 282.
'*PRELUDE FOR SOLO VIOLA' op.402 (1989)
The Prelude from "Benedictus" as a concert piece.
'Prelude For Solo Cello' op.463 (March 1994)
An arrangement of the Prelude to 'Benedictus' (see op.402)
'PRELUDE FOR SOLO CELLO' op.643 (December 2012)
Concert work adapted from the prelude to the dramatic oratorio 'Benedictus' for solo viola

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