Lost Battle of Trafalgar music sheet to be replayed after 200 years

A long forgotten piece of piano sheet music depicting the story of the battle of Trafalgar is on course for being replayed for the first time in 200 years, in a small town in Cambridgeshire. 

Battle of Trafalgar sheet music to be replayed for first time in over 200 years
Dedicated….Quentin Robinson hopes some music loving fans in his local town can recreate the sheet music

Leading on from the discovery of a piece of 200-year-old sheet music, by American author and composer George E Blake, a Cambridgeshire man has decided to set up a mission to have the sheet music depicting the battle of Trafalgar played to the public again for the first time since the 1800’s.
49 year old Haverhill resident Quentin Robinson, and his life long friend Mike Pendry stumbled across the 19-page manuscript in a small museum in the United States. It’s thought to depict the Battle of Trafalgar through musical score. They then came up with the brainwave of depicting local Haverhill residents to help reenact it, and tell the story once more.

“It has been in a museum in the States,” said Quentin. “We have been trying for a couple of weeks to find people to play it. We have had all sorts of people with good intentions, but no joy.

“In desperation, we thought, there’s bound to be someone who plays piano in Haverhill.”

Luck has come in for the duo, however, as a local Cambridgeshire pianist, Joel Ridgeway, has come forward to volunteer himself for the pioneering task. Joel, who has been playing the digital piano since childhood, is thought to be a “gifted young classical pianist”, who is more than ready to take on the challenge of both decoding the music, and playing it to an audience.

A historical moment

It has been suggested that this will be the first time in over 200 years that the rare piece will have been played or heard by anybody – making both it’s discovery in a smalltime American museum, and its future performance a historic event for the music, and the musicians taking part in its reennactment.

Both finders of the manuscript Quentin and Mike are interested in naval history, and given the music’s naval ties, Quentin said he wanted to stage the concert aboard the a vessel once used in the days of Trafalgar.

Once the piece has been transcribed for the digital piano age, Quentin said it may be possible to work out the corresponding parts for other instruments, such as clarinet, violin and trombone, to name but a few. But their main hope is they can finally get this piece played back to an audience and tell a musical story thats been long forgotten for over 200 years.


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