Howard Blake

(b. 1938)
Howard Blake is one of the most popular and prolific living English composers. Successes include scores which he wrote for films such as 'The Duellists' and 'A Month in the Country', both of which won prizes. In 1982 he wrote words and music for the animated Channel 4 TV film 'The Snowman'. Howard Blake has written many concert works including his piano concerto for Princess Diana commissioned by the Philharmonia. The oratorio 'Benedictus' which he conceived whilst staying with the monks at Worth Abbey was recorded by Sir David Willcocks, Robert Tear, the Bach Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1994 Howard Blake received the O.B.E. for services to music and is Fellow and Visiting Professor of Composition at The Royal Academy of Music.

Howard Blake Composition Timpani and Percussion Requirements

Nursery Rhyme Overture

Timpani + 2 percussion
1) triangle, snare drum, suspended cymbal, guiro, glockenspiel, tambourine, song bells, sleigh bells, claves, 2) tambourine, orchestral bass drum, nightingale, suspended cymbal, temple blocks, tubular bells

The Snowman

Int'l 32/29/26 Prem 32/30/28
3 percussion
Bell tree, 2 tom toms, sleighbells, tam tam, tambourine, claves, orchestra bass drum, snare drum, glockenspiel, vibraphone, xylophone, celeste, cabassa, triangle, vibraslap, piccolo snare drum

The Snowman - Walking in the Air

Timpani + 2 percussion
1) vibraphone, suspended cymbal, 2) tam tam, triangle, drum kit, (kit bass drum, hi-hat), suspended cymbal, glockenspiel

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