Snowman, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Howard Blake

Howard Blake (arr. Littlemore)

General Info

Year: 1982 / 2013
Duration: c. 26:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Studio Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - £129.95   |   Score Only (print) - £35.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute (min. 4)
Oboe (min. 2)
Bassoon (min. 2)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet (min. 6)
E-flat Alto Saxophone (min. 2)
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet (min. 2)
Horn in F (min. 2)
Trombone (min. 2)
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bell Tree
  • Bells
  • Cabasa
  • Clashed Cymbals
  • Claves
  • Glockenspiel
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibra-slap
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Snowman is a children's picture book without words by English author Raymond Briggs, first published in 1978 by Hamish Hamilton in the U.K. In the U.S. it was named to the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award list in 1979. The book was adapted into a 26-minute animated television special in 1982 which debuted in Britain on 26 December. It was nominated for an Academy Award. Its showings have since become an annual event.

A boy builds a snowman one winter's day. That night, at the stroke of twelve, the snowman comes to life. He and the boy play with appliances, toys and other bric-a-brac in the house, all while keeping quiet enough not to wake the boy's parents. The two go for a ride on a motorbike, disturbing many animals. Later they take flight over the boy's village, then the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Pier, and then out over the ocean. They continue through an arctic landscape and into the aurora. They land in a snow-covered forest and join a party of snowmen. They meet Father Christmas with his reindeer, who gives him a scarf with a snowman pattern. The morning after the return journey, the sun has come out and the boy wakes up to find the snowman has melted. The boy reaches into his pocket and finds the snowman scarf given to him by Father Christmas.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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