38a Hill Street Blues (2000)
for solo piano
Requested by Marcel Worms for his ‘New Blues for Piano’ project
Publisher: Bardic Edition
Published in: Collected Shorter Piano Pieces Vol 1 (2008) – Bardic Edition BDE 917
Available from
Goodmusic Publishing
Duration: 3'45"

Recorded by Jill Richards on ‘Michael Blake: Complete Works for Solo Piano 1994-2004’ (MBED001)

First performance: Saturday 25 March 2000; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Marcel Worms piano.
Further performances: 13 April 2000; Beethoven Room, Grahamstown, South Africa; Marcel Worms (South African premiere) 17 April 2000; University of Natal, Durban, South Africa; Marcel Worms 20 April 2000; Centro Franco Mozambicano, Maputo, Mozambique; Marcel Worms (Mozambican premiere) 9 November 2000; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Robert Koopman (USA premiere) 29 March 2001; St Benedict Center Chapel, Madison, Wisconson, USA; Robert Koopman 7 July 2001; New Music Indaba, Grahamstown, South Africa; Christopher Duigan 12 August 2001; Hexagon Theatre, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa; Christopher Duigan 15 August 2001; Howard College Theatre, Durban, South Africa; Christopher Duigan 17 August 2001; Royal Overseas League, London; Christopher Duigan (UK premiere) 20 August 2001; Edinburgh Festival, Scotland; Christopher Duigan (Scottish premiere) 30 August 2001; Wedgwood Hotel, Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; Christopher Duigan 10 September 2001; Conservatorio Nacional de Musica, Buenos Aires; Michael Blake (South American premiere) 13 September 2001; Stephen B. Humphrey Theater, St John's University, USA; Robert Koopman 27 September 2001; Normandale Community College, Bloomington, Minnesota, USA; Robert Koopman 13 January 2002; St Thornas More Catholic Church, Sarasota, Florida, USA; Robert Koopman 14 May 2013; Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; Michael Blake 24 July 2013; Gentsche Feesten, Ghent; Michael Blake (Belgian premiere) 9 March 2018; Woordfees; Stellenbosch, South Africa; Michael Blake 27 November 2018; St Lawrence Arts Center, Toronto, Canada; Louise Bessette (Canadian premiere) 9 April 2019; Fismer Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; Michael Blake 3 September 2019; Beethoven Room, Grahamstown, South Africa; Michael Blake

“Die program is geopen met “38A Hill Street Blues” met Max (Magda) de Vries (marimba) en Frank Mallows (vibrafoon). Die werk is oorspronklik vir klavier geskryf, maar in 2003 getranskribeer vir marimba en vibrafoon. Die kleur wat dié twee instrumente verleen, en die twee spelers se uitstekende spel, het die werk laat leef.”
“The programme opened with “38A Hill Street Blues” with Max (Magda) de Vries (marimba) and Frank Mallows (vibraphone). The work was originally written for piano, but transcribed for marimba and vibraphone in 2003. The colour that these two instruments contribute, and the two players outstanding performance, gave the work life.” — Piet Kooij, Die Burger, September 2007 — Translation: Giel Swart

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