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Solo clarinet - unaccompanied
CANTICLES OF SAINT FRANCIS for solo clarinet by Howard J. Buss is a tribute St. Francis of Assisi, the venerated Catholic friar, preacher, founder of several Orders, and lover of animals and the environment. Canticles is in 4 movements, Prelude, Worldly Pleasures, Meditation, and A Blessed Legacy. It showcases the sonic beauty and technically agility of the clarinet. The character of the music ranges from soulful introspection to worldly exuberance. At the opening of the first movement and near the close of the last, sounds a four-note melodic fragment, G, F, D, and B, which is derived from St. Francis’ name at birth, Giovanni Francesco di Bernadone. This device is used sparingly so that when it does appear, it is given special prominence.This work was composed during the fall of 2012 and was commissioned by clarinetist Kathleen Jones for ClarinetFest 2013 in Assisi, Italy. (6’20”) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3; Movement 3.mp3; Movement 4.mp3 - Score Excerpts.pdf
LUNAR VISTAS (2005) for solo bass clarinet by Howard J. Buss, written for Edward Palanker (Baltimore Symphony), is cast in 3 movements: The Far Side, Eclipse, and Panorama. In the first movement forte melodic flourishes contrast with quiet phrases as to suggest the dramatic moonscape of the mysterious part of the moon only visible from spacecraft. Eclipse is animated, rhythmically intriguing, and suspenseful. Panorama,is characterized by exciting, fiery sections juxtaposed with two short cadenza-like passages. Lunar Vistas received its premier performance in 2005 by Mr. Palanker at An Die Musik in Baltimore. (7) Grade V. Score sample: Movement 1.pdf
NOCTURNE (1982) for solo clarinet by Howard J. Buss. This beautiful work explores subtle changes of mood and color. Although emotions are relatively controlled in the context of the wide pitch and dynamic ranges, there are a few instances in which that control gives way to more animated and intense passages. Only towards the end of the work, in the Cadenza, is lyricism momentarily replaced by a fiery outburst. Nocturne concludes with a reflective and somewhat breathless version of the opening theme. (330) Grade IV-V. Score sample: Excerpt.pdf
SANTIAGO LEGEND (1996) for solo clarinet by Howard J. Buss this tribute to the world-renown Chilean clarinetist and instrument maker, Luis Rossi, was designed to showcase the expressive and technical capabilities of the distinct registers of the clarinet. Beautiful lyrical lines contrast with rhythmic and dramatic passages. If you are looking for an impressive unaccompanied piece for an important recital, audition, or just for the fun of it- this is it! (6) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3 - Score Excerpts.pdf
SOLOS FOR CELEBRATIONS & REMEMBRANCES for solo clarinet by Roger C. Vogel is a collection of 12 short songs for special occasions: 2 for birthdays, 3 for weddings, 2 for remembrances, one for an anniversary, and one each for Irish, Jewish and Italian celebrations. This is a fun and practical “must” for all to have in their repertoire. Grade III-IV.
THREE EUPHONICS FOR SOLO BASS CLARINET (2014) by Howard J. Buss showcases the agility and beautiful, sonorous tone of the instrument. Ranging from lyric tenderness to powerful (and sometimes fiery) technical displays, the 3 short movements, Moods, Lyrique, and Breakout, explore a wide range of sonic atmospheres and moods. The sophisticated musical language, coupled with the soaring melodies and intriguing rhythms, make this an entertaining, audience-friendly concert work as well as an impressive contest piece. This work is dedicated to clarinetist, Keith Koons, Professor at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
(5’40”) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt_1.mp3; Excerpt_2.mp3: Excerpt_3.mp3 - Score Excerpts.pdf
New! TRIPTYCH FOR SOLO CLARINET by David M. Sterrett is in 3 movements unified by similar compositional elements and motifs, but contrast in style and character. The first movement (Scherzo) jokes and jabs with jagged lines and snapping gestures. The second (Fantasy) is the emotional centerpiece of the work and contrasts the snarky character of the Scherzo with gentle lyricism and a melancholy tone. The third movement (Waltz) follows with its own unique style, a flashy and energetic waltz, joyous and playful in character. The music eventually builds up to a sudden and dramatic recall of the Scherzo’s main theme, bringing the piece full circle, and then ends in a wild frenzy. Grade VI. (15’) Score sample: Excerpts.pdf
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Clarinet/Bass Clarinet Sheet Music
Index of Clarinet Music:
Clarinet with one other instrument or voice (includes clarinet
duos, clarinet and piano, clarinet and electronic recording, basset horn and piano, etc.)
Clarinet ensembles (includes clarinet
trios, quartets, choirs)
Clarinet in chamber music - quartets (includes standard woodwind quartets)
Clarinet in chamber music - quintets and sextets (includes standard wind quintets)
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