works

Orchestrations

Concertino for clarinet and piano    
Alfred Lengnick & Co

Sir Malcolm Arnold

Orchestrated for clarinet and strings by Roger Steptoe. 1st perf: Angela Malsbury, Primavera, Newbury Spring Festival 1990.

Concertino for oboe and piano    
Alfred Lengnick & Co

Sir Malcolm Arnold

Orchestrated for oboe and strings by Roger Steptoe.

1st commercial recording: Nicholas Daniel (ob), Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Vernon Handley (cond), Decca.

Variations on a Ukrainian Folksong    
Alfred Lengnick & Co

Sir Malcolm Arnold

Orchestrated for strings by Roger Steptoe.
1st perf: Budapest String Orchestra, Norwich and Norfolk Festival 1993.
1st commercial recording: Isis Ensemble, Jaques Cohen (cond), Meridian CDE 84561.

''The most striking piece is the set of Variations on a Ukrainian Folksong by Malcolm Arnold. Originally for piano solo, Arnold wrote it while he was still first trumpet in the LPO for a Ukrainian violinist colleague, John Kuchny. Here Roger Steptoe has arranged it very ably for strings, making a striking work from modest beginnings. Fascinatingly, the theme will be recognised by many listeners for its refrain 'Yes, my darling daughter'. Edward Greenfield, Gramophone, May 2008