THE SNOWMAN PIANO SCORE op.323a (November 1983)

The complete concert work based on the animated film, arranged for narrator, boy soprano and piano by the composer
Published by: Published by Chester CH76879
Instrumentation: pno/vocal/narrator
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Note on Lyrics: narration and lyrics by Howard Blake
Duration: 26 mins
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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, It can be purchased online from, 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
see op.323 for recording details and audio excerpts.

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 in Australia for 7 weeks during September/October 1983 as composer guest of Queensland University. While there his new publisher Faber sent him proofs of a complete arrangement of 'The Snowman' concert work for piano which they had commissioned from another composer, Mark-Anthony Turnage. Howard did not find this acceptable and volunteered to re-write it, sitting in a tiny garden guest house just outside Brisbane without a piano, finishing it in one week and posting it back in time for the publication date of November 9th in London.


Lyric of 'Walking in the Air' by Howard Blake 1982

We're walking in the air,
We're floating in the moonlit sky,
The people far below are sleeping as we fly.

I'm holding very tight,
I'm riding in the midnight blue,
I'm finding I can fly so high above with you.

On across the world
The villages go by like dreams,
The rivers and the hills,
The forests and the streams.

Children gaze open mouthed,
Taken by surprise,
Nobody down below believes their eyes.

We're surfing in the air,
We're swimming in the frozen sky,
We're drifting over icy
Mountains floating by.

Suddenly swooping low on an ocean deep,
Rousing up a mighty monster from his sleep,

We're walking in the air,
We're floating in the midnight sky
And everyone who sees us greets us as we fly

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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