Let us run out of the rain (1986)

for two to play at one piano or harpsichord

Revised 1993

African Journal No 8a

Dedicated to Stanley Glasser

Publisher: Bardic Edition

Score BD 0549

Duration: 7 minutes, 30 seconds

Recordings

Recording: Slovak Radio, Bratislava

Première

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

Further performances:
05.1989; Purcell Room, London; London New Music (Roy Stratford & Michael Blake piano 4 hands)
3.03.1993; University of Natal, Durban, South Africa; Sally Rose & Michael Blake piano 4 hands (South African premiere)
04.1993; Barbican Centre, London; Sally Rose & Michael Blake piano 4 hands
17.06.1993; Evenings of New Music, Bratislava, Slovakia; London New Music (Sally Rose & Michael Blake piano 4 hands) (Czech premiere)
06.1993; Slovak Radio; London New Music (First broadcast)
19.10.1994; Mixing Music, Bromsgrove, UK; London New Music (Antony Gray & Michael Blake piano 4 hands)
29.04.1995; St Luke's Concerts, Brighton, UK; Sally Rose & Michael Blake piano 4 hands
27.05.1997; Bristol Music Club, UK; Sally Rose & Alison Eales piano 4 hands
4.05.1995; St John's Smith Square, London; Sally Rose & Michael Blake piano 4 hands
28.05.1995; 10. Tage der Neuen Musik, Würzburg, Germany; Armin Fuchs & Jürgen Schmitt piano 4 hands (German premiere)
20.02.1998; Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa; Jill Richards & Michael Blake two pianos
2.03 1998; Musikhochschule, Würzburg, Germany; Jill Richards & Michael Blake two pianos
7 & 9.07.1998; National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa; Grant Olwage & Sally Imrie two harpsichords (premiere of this version)
28.08.1998; 25th Congress, Musicological Society of South Africa, Grahamstown, South Africa; Grant Olwage & Sally Imrie two harpsichords

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.

Further performances (contd):
4.06.1999; Sandton Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa; Jill Richards & Denzil Weale two pianos
9.10.1999; African Pianism Conference, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Pittsburgh, USA; Jill Richards & Denzil Weale two pianos (North American premiere)
7.10.2000; Grand Palm Hotel, Gabarone, Botswana; Jill Richards & Denzil Weale two pianos (Botswana premiere)
13.05.2000; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Jill Richards & Denzil Weale two pianos (Dutch premiere)
28.02.2001; Old Mutual Hall, Unisa, Pretoria, South Africa; Jill Richards & Michael Blake two pianos
28.02.2002; Ensemble Noir Series, Toronto; Jill Richards & Michael Blake two pianos (Canadian premiere)
5.05.2002; Beethoven Room, Rhodes University, South Africa; Jill Richards & Michael Blake two pianos

Category

Piano music