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Solo Clarinet

Australian music for clarinet

This list of representative works for clarinet has been prepared in cooperation with Jason Noble.

Representative works

  Work Notes
Sonata for clarinet or viola and piano (1949) by Margaret SutherlandThis sonata is in one continuous movement, requiring an expressive approach, with fluent leaps, and crisp staccato. The harmonic language is rewarding, and the interplay between clarinet and piano requires good ensemble skills. The piece is on the AMEB A.Mus.A syllabus.
As small birds play (2011) by Corrina BonshekA meditative work for clarinet or bass clarinet, this piece also comes with a precorded bird call part which is recommended. Of medium difficulty, the piece sits in a comfortable range, and would suit an AMEB grade 6 or 7 student. Good to expose students to different approaches to composition and performance.
Digital sheet music sample Nintendo music (2005) by Matthew HindsonFor A clarinet and piano, this work is a homage to the 1980's video game. A showpiece with some challenging technical passages, excellent fingers and control across the instrument is required. Suitable for an AMEB A.MusA level or university student.
Digital sheet music sample Composition with yellow lines (2007) by Stuart GreenbaumA lyrical miniature for clarinet and piano timed at approximately 2 minutes long. Requires some good counting skills with the frequent changing time signatures. Suitable for an intermediate student around AMEB Grade 5/6 or an HSC Music 1 or 2 candidate.
Ruins within (1993) by Chris DenchComplexist work incorporating microtonal harmony, and advanced rhythmic understanding. Suitable for a postgraduate performer looking for challenging Australian repertoire, or a composer looking to explore the sonic capabilities of the instrument.
Digital sheet music sample Whisper and speak (2004) by Brigid BurkeOn certificate of Performance A.M.E.B syllabus. One of many works from the considerable output of the Melbourne clarinettist. Employs some basic multiphonics. Good length for HSC at approximately 4 minutes.

More specific categories of Solo Clarinet

Broader categories of Solo Clarinet