Blake, Howard

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Blake, Howard (b London, 1938). Eng. composer. Worked in London 1960–70 as pianist, orchestrator, cond., and comp. Enjoyed immense success with mus. for children's TV film The Snowman. OBE 1994. Works incl. opera: The Station (1987); Symphony in 1 Movement (Impressions of a City) (1967, rev. 1990); Heartbeat, ten. sax., big band, str. (1982, rev. 1989); cl. conc. (1984); The Conquest of Space (1988); pf. conc. (1990); vn. conc. (1992–3). Also many choral and vocal works; chamber music; piano pieces; and incid. mus. for theatre, TV, and films incl. The Avengers (1968–9); SOS Titanic (1979); The Snowman (1982); Henry V (1985); The Canterville Ghost (1986); A Month in the Country (1986); The Master Builder (1989).