Piano Works

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

Bread of the World (version for solo piano or organ, 2019)

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Alleluia (version for solo piano or organ, 2017)

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Resonance (for piano, 2017)

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

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Cortege (version for piano, 2015)

Piano arrangement of the work originally written for South Liverpool Orchestra and dedicated to David Kernick.

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Reclining Figure (for piano, 2015)

Written for Revd Jeff Engel, after Henry Moore.

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Spiral (2013)

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Chagall Reflection II (elaboration(2013)

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Stasis (2010)

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Departure (2009)

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Rotations (2009)

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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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Farewell (2006)

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People in the Wind II (for piano, 1 hand, 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.

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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)

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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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Solitaire (2000)

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Prelude to 1984 (1999)

After George Orwell.

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Six of One (1999)

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Mirror Image (1998)

In three movements: Recollections (1997), Reflections, From S to Z.

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The Mystery of the Trinity (1998)

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A, B & C (1997)

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Toccatina (1996)

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Intrada (1995)

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Music for a Film Scene (1995)

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Prelude in C minor (1994)

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Prelude in E-flat ‘Neo Rhapsody’ (1994)

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Pastoral Intermezzo No. 2 (1994)

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Pastoral Intermezzo (1993)

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Prelude in B-flat (1993)

For Laura.

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Prelude in F (1993)

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Prelude in G (1993)

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Prelude on the Whole Tone Scale (1993)

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Prelude in C (1992)

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Waltz in D (1990)

For Florence Hughes.

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