*A TOCCATA OF GALUPPI'S op.263 (April 1978)

Scena for baritone and harpsichord
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Instrumentation: bar,hps
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Note on Lyrics: a setting of the poem by Robert Browning
Duration: 8 mins
First Performance: Composed for Michael Leighton Jones and first performed by him and the composer (harpsichord) on BBC Radio 3, April 1978.
Sheet Music Available
Piano / Vocal score for sale


18th December 2016 Richard Edgar Wilson (tenor, Howard Blake (piano), Aldeburgh Music

Recordings of Howard's songs for tenor and piano made in Snape/Aldeburgh with tenor Richard Edgar Wilson and the composer as pianist, released December 18th 2016 on Highbridge Music, www.howardblake.com. Enquiries; anna@annamenzies.com

12th November 2015 Canticum Choir conducted by Mark Forkgen, St. Paul's Knightsbridge

JUBILATE DEO (choir & organ - Opus 406* commissioned by Abington Presbyterian Church, Penn. USA 1990)

FESTIVAL MASS (a cappella 8-part double choir - Opus 377* commissioned by The Three Choirs Festival, Worcester 1987)

THE RISE OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (organ solo - Opus 532* (commissioned for Dame Gillan Weir by The Usher Hall, Edinburgh 2003)

WALKING IN THE AIR (a cappella choir - Opus 585* commissioned by the Stockholm Boys Choir 2007)


 MOTET: GOD BE MERCIFUL UNTO US AND BLESS US (a cappella choir - Opus 494 - commissioned by St. Margaret's Westminster & 1st performed there in 1996)

STILL FALLS THE RAIN (choir & organ - Opus 495* - commissioned by  Chester Bach Singers 1997)

A TOCCATA OF GALUPPI'S (solo voice & harpsichord - Opus 263 - commissioned and 1st performed by Michael Leighton Jones, baritone with Howard Blake, harpsichord, on BBC Radio 3 1978 - 1st London concert performance)

SONGS OF TRUTH AND GLORY (choir & organ - Opus 546* - The Elgar Commission for the Worcester Three Choirs Festival  2005)

* = 1st London performance

Related Autobiography Chapters

Piano Quartet in A minor, Sonata in G minor for violin and piano (1974)
'The Passion of Mary' at Salisbury Cathedral (2015)

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