Self Delectative Songs (1986)

for clarinet/bass clarinet, trumpet/flugelhorn, marimba/vibraphone, piano, amplified cello

African Journal No 6a

Parts on hire

Publisher: Bardic Edition

Score BDE 956

Duration: 12 minutes


First performance: Saturday 26 April 1986; Purcell Room, London, United Kingdom; Metanoia.

Programme note

This is the sixth work in the cycle ‘African Journal’ which I began in 1976, transcribed from or based on traditional southern African music. These two linked movements are taken from Nyanga panpipe music and Zulu bow songs respectively.


“Michael Blake’s Self Delectative Songs fell gently and pleasingly on the ear.”
Malcolm Hayes, The Times, London, April 1986

“Coolly effective translations of Southern African folk music.”
Keith Potter, Classical Music, London, Saturday 12 July 1986


Chamber music