Two or more pianos

Rule, Britannia!

Arrangement of Thomas Arne
Unpublished

Première

First performance: 1996; King’s House School, London, United Kingdom; "Forty Fingers" Piano Quartetperformance details.

Explorations

Unpublished

Première

First performance: 1971; University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; Shirley Hoffmann piano, Michael Blake pianoperformance details.

Little Fantasy

Unpublished

Première

First performance: Thursday 26 August 1971; Wits Great Hall, Johannesburg, South Africa; Shirley Hoffmann piano, Michael Blake pianoperformance details.

Let us run out of the rain

African Journal No 8a
Recording: Slovak Radio, Bratislava
Bardic Edition Score BD 0549
Duration: 7'30"

Première

First performance: Monday 23 June 1986; British Music Information Centre, London, United Kingdom; Roy Stratford piano, Michael Blake pianoperformance details. Thursday 17 June 1993; Evenings of New Music, Bratislava, Slovakia; Sally Rose piano, Michael Blake pianoperformance details.

Programme note

Let us run out of the rain paraphrases Nsenga kalimba (thumb piano) music recorded in the Petauke District of Zambia (in southern Africa) by John Blacking in 1961, and transcribed by him. The tunes were composed and performed by Gideon Bingaili, Ackson Lungu, Taiad Mwanza and Ackson Zuly. It was premiered by Roy Stratford and Michael Blake at the British Music Information Centre, London on 23 June 1986.

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Audio excerpt: piano, 4 hands

Mr Carleton His Prelude

Dedicated to Roy and Andrea Stratford
Unpublished
Duration: 3'00"

Première

First performance: Monday 23 June 1986; British Music Information Centre, London, United Kingdom; Roy Stratford piano, Michael Blake pianoperformance details.

Thirteen Inventions

Bardic Edition Score BD 0550 (in preparation)
Duration: 6'00"

Première

First performance: June 1988; London, United Kingdom; Joseph Misquita piano, Michael Blake pianoperformance details.

Rissolty-Rossolty

Arrangement of Ruth Crawford Seeger
Originally intended for performance in 'The Complete Ruth Crawford' series, February-March 1992, in the ICA London
Unpublished
Duration: 3'00"
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