Grade 4 Solo Clarinet with Accompaniment

Baermann, Heinrich Josef (1794-1847)
Adagio für Klarinette und Streichquintett

Belwin Mills, NY

Details/Comments: Duration ca. 3’30”  Full range to Altissimo Eb
Key of Eb Major. Good basic piece for learning phrasing and shaping.  A few embellishments. Mostly in middle register.
Available with piano reduction.

Baksa, Robert
Overture for Clarinet, op. 34

for clarinet and piano
Composers Library Ed, NY 1977

Details/Comments:  Duration 7′. Full range to altiss. F. Allegro.
Key of F Major.  Very idiomatic; some technique, some lyricism.  Flowing and melodic.  Dotted rhythms. Short cadenza. A lovely, appealing composition.

Bliss, Arthur
Pastoral (c. 1916)

for Clarinet and Piano
Novello, 1980

Details/Comments: Duration 3’30”.  Range to altiss. D.  Andante
Good study on dotted rhythms, triplets, syncopation in 3/4 and 6/8 meters.  Very lyrical with no technical demands.

Bozza, Eugene
Idylle

for Clarinet and Piano
Alphonse Leduc, Paris, 1959

Details/Comments: Duration 3′  Range to Altiss. E
Simple and flowing.  Mostly eighth notes and dotted quarters, all against constant eighth note triplets in the piano.  Intervals close except for a few octaves.

Bresgen, Cesar
Studies II   Heft I: leicht

Doblinger, München  1968

Details/Comments: Range to altiss. C.
Eight short study pieces in various meters and styles.  Basic rhythms. Simple accompaniment. Idiomatic with a modern sound.  Good introductory studies for 20th century music.

Finzi, Gerald                                                              STANDARD REPERTOIRE
Five Bagatelles, Op. 23

for Clarinet and Piano
Boosey & Hawkes

Details/Comments: Grade level varies from movement to movement
I. Prelude: Beautiful flowing lines in 3/2 and 4/4 at a brisk tempo. The melodic line shifts rhythmically and is nicely developed. (G5)
II. Romance: Multiple meter changes that flow perfectly in the line. Beautiful slow movement. (G4)
III. Carol: The simplest and easiest of the movements, “Carol” has a folksong-like feel. (G3)
IV. Forlana: A laid-back feel in 6/8 gives the sense of drifting about. (G4)
V. Fughetta: A bombastic ending to a an otherwise calm work, “Fughetta” presents some technical challenges, though executing the style within the dynamics might be the most challenging part. (G6)
Overall, a wonderful composition that every clarinetist should learn.

Schumann, Robert                                              STANDARD REPERTOIRE
Fantasiestücke, op. 73

for Clarinet and Piano
C.F. Peters

Details/Comments: Intended to be performed on the A clarinet!
The dreamy first movement of this highly expressive work is in ABA form and is only moderately difficult with beautiful phrases in a rather dark mood. The second movement is more cheerful and must be played with the lightest feel, as if one were floating. The third movement is denoted “Quick and with fire”, and it moves along quite rapidly, building in intensity and speed as it drives forward to a definitive ending. One of the challenges of the third piece is that there is little place to breathe.
The “Fantasy Pieces” are written to be performed attacca, or without a break between the pieces.
Important note: The Peters edition of this composition is available in a package that includes both A clarinet and Bb clarinet parts. If you do not own an A clarinet and plan to perform this piece, you MUST learn the Bb part, which does not lay under the fingers nearly as nicely as on the A clarinet part. The difficult, thickly scored piano part is not transposed to suit the clarinet.