Piano Works

Score excerpts, descriptions and recordings of Robert A Howard’s piano compositions.

Resonance (for piano, 2017)

For Barbara Kelly (Bob Howard, 1939-1997, 20th anniversary RIP)

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Reclining Figure (for piano, 2015)

Written for Revd Jeff Engel, after Henry Moore

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The recording below is from the premiere on 3/10/15, played by the composer. Read more here.

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Chagall Reflection II (elaboration(2013)

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Niarbyl (2008)

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Harmony (for solo piano, 2007, for David Kernick)

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Rocking (2006)

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Rocking (sketch) (2006)

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Chagall Reflection I (Original) (2005)

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Addition II (Canon) (for solo piano, 2003)

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Addition I (Original) (for solo piano, 2003)

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In Memory

In Memory (for piano, 2002)

A piano arrangement of a piece originally written for concert band for the Vee Margolis Memorial Concert at St Cyprian’s Church, London on 2 November 2002. Click the thumbnail to view a page of the score, or listen to the recording below.

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Chorale for St Andrew’s (for piano, 2001)

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Still (for piano, 2001)

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Broadway Boogie Woogie (2001)
Played on the piano by the composer

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“In many respects, modern art and literature interest me far more than contemporary music. Indeed, in recent years, 20th-century art forms have provided a vital stimulus in devising material and structure in my own music.

“The novels of George Orwell (Nineteen Eighty Four, Animal Farm) and the sculpture of Barbara Hepworth (Dual FormSingle Form) have directly influenced several parameters of my composition, as well as providing titles for pieces. Such extra-musical reference also serve to express socio-political statements (eg Orwell’s disillusioned socialism) and geographical location (such as the allusion to the landscape of West Cornwall in Hepworth).

“More recently, I have been particularly attracted to art that is itself referential to music. The linearity of Paul Klee’s paintings (Lines on a Walk) is an obvious example. Similarly, the work of the British sculptor Anthony Caro (Promenade) is recognised for its inherent ‘musicality’.

Broadway Boogie-Woogie is the title of the last completed painting by Piet Mondrian, and of my own piano piece. I have utilised Mondrian’s structure in juxtaposing contrasting ‘blocks’ of material while taking the blues piano style of the boogie-woogie as a starting-point.”

– programme notes by the composer

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Mother and Child (2000)

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Promenade IVa (2000)

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