LE BONHOMME DE NEIGE (for narrator , treble and orchestra) op.342 (January 1985)

A French version of 'The Snowman'
Published by: Chester Music Ltd to rent 'The Snowman' music or film for projection contact the hire librarian: Ada
Instrumentation: see op.323
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Note on Lyrics: translated by Howard Blake with assistance from Jean-Claude, Jacqueline and Isabelle Deschamps, Golfe-Juan, January 1985
Duration: 26 mins
Sheet Music Available
Full score for sale
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Orchestral parts for hire
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all material and text available from Faber see op.323,

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
Orchestra Symphonique de la Monnaie conducted by Dirk Boiy, narrator Olivier Gourmet, for release November 2006

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.


Howard was staying with friends on the Cote d'Azur in January 1985 and rather surprisingly got snowed in! It was decided to pass the time by creating a translation of 'The Snowman', which has now become the accepted French version.


1st November 2006 Orchestra Symphonique de la Monnaie conducted by Dirk Boiy, narrator Olivier Gourmet, Belgian and French record release

Related Works

'*THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra' op.323 (October 1983) (Audio Sample Available)
A concert version of the score for the animated film

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