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CLARINET QUARTETS - 3 Bb Clarinets with Bass Clarinet
A Knight Remembered - Alun Cook
Clarinet Quartet - for 3 Bb Clarinets and Bass Clarinet

"A Knight Remembered" starts as a simple Pavane, but becomes more lush as time goes by. Although not technically demanding, it requires a degree of control and musicianship to bring off to full effect. Originally written for Saxophone Quartet, it was arranged for Clarinets by request and I think is even more effective with this scoring. It is part of a suite of dances (Saxiana), each "Elizabethan" in style the start with, but all become rather more ER II as they progress.

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The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Quartet - for 3 Bb Clarinets and Bass Clarinet

Perfect for Weddings, perfect for the Summer, and perfect for the Clarinet Quartet. Also available in a version for Saxophone Sextet and as a literally "breathtaking" duet for 2 Clarinets or for Flute and Clarinet.

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Dance of the Swans - Tchaikovsky arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Quartet - for 3 Bb Clarinets and Bass Clarinet

I first arranged this for saxophone quartet but, unusually, it also fits beautifully on clarinets. It is quite easy to play for more junior ensembles. Short and sweet!

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The Easy Winners - Scott Joplin arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Quartet - for 3 Bb Clarinets and Bass Clarinet

Classic Scott Joplin and definitely my favourite Joplin Rag. It is entertaining to play for all players and although not easy, is quite achievable. Play this with a smile on your face (well think it anyway - no discussions about embouchure here!). Also available for Saxophone Quartet and as a Clarinet Duet.

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The Entertainer - Scott Joplin arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Quartet - for 3 Bb Clarinets and Bass Clarinet

Probably the most famous Scott Joplin rag thanks to its use in the film "The Sting". This arrangement is not too hard providing that your 1st clarinettist is confident up to top F and that you have an agile Bass player. It is also available as a Clarinet Duet.

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Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Mozart arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Quartet - for 3 Bb Clarinets and Bass Clarinet

This famous suite fits beautifully within the range of the clarinet quartet. I have carefully chosen the keys and tried to retain the character of the original. Mozart always needs excellent musicians to do justice to his music, but the technical demands of this arrangement are not so high as to prevent students gaining plenty from rehearsing and performing at least sections of the work. The suite is in 4 movements, which may be purchased separately or the complete set may be purchased at a discount

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Movement 1 - Allegro

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Movement 2 - Romanze

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Movement 3 - Minuetto

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Movement 4 - Rondo

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Fauré Pavane - Gabriel Fauré arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Quartet - for 3 Bb Clarinets and Bass Clarinet

An exquisite orchestral piece and perfectly suited to the mellow sounds of the clarinet quartet. The Bass Clarinet part is quite demanding, requiring a player (and an instrument) that sounds as beautiful in the upper register as it is sonorous in the low. The Pavane is also available in a version for Saxophone Quartet.

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Flower Duet from Lakme - Delibes arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Quartet - for 3 Bb Clarinets and Bass Clarinet

This vocal duet (made more popular by British Airways) is ideally suited for the sound of "singing" clarinets. This uplifting music is ideal for weddings and other celebrations. It is also available elsewhere on this website for Clarinet Duet and Saxophone Quartet.

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Kiddy Litter - arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Quartet - for 3 Bb Clarinets and Bass Clarinet

This is an arrangement of nursery rhymes and children's songs originally written for performances at primary schools as a "how many tunes can you recognise" piece. It was not written with the thought that the children might join in singing, so the keys are not very accommodating, but they will sing anyway, and so will the adults! Also available for Wind Quintet.

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Marriage of Figaro Overture - Mozart arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Quartet - 3 Bb and Bass Cl.

Exciting, challenging and very satisfying to play. The key chosen may surprise some, but it sits very well on the instruments. There are very few finger-twisting sections and the main challenge is the speed of tonguing required but you will see from the score how this is managed. There is also a larger version Clarinet Choir and for Saxophone Quartet.

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Mozart - Rondo from "Grand Partita" - W. A. Mozart arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Quartet - for 3 Bb Clarinets and Bass Clarinet

All connoisseurs of wind chamber music fall into raptures when the have the chance to play in the Serenade (No. 10) for 13 wind instruments (except for the flautists who are left out - not being Mozart's favourite instrument). Included in the 13 are 2 clarinets and 2 bassett horns (clarinets in F, similar to the modern alto clarinet). So this arrangement feels good on a clarinet quartet, although missing the brightness of the oboes, sobriety of the horns(!) and flamboyance of the bassoons, it is excellent fun to play for the clarinets.

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Nutcracker - Overture Miniature - Tchaikovsky arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Quartet - for 3 Bb Clarinets and Bass Clarinet

The Overture Miniature works brilliantly for the quartet. The Bass Clarinet is written quite high but this is essential to convey the character of the piece. The "wizzy" bits in the other parts are all under the fingers (if not the tongue) and should respond to some satisfying practice!

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PDF icon Moderate 3m 11s
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Nutcracker - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - Tchaikovsky arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Quartet - for 3 Bb Clarinets and Bass Clarinet

The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy was arranged for performances at Junior Schools and served to show off the Bass Clarinet. Who needs a Celeste? Well, if you dont fancy the 1st Clarinet part for that bit there is a judicious cut (hence the listing as of moderate difficulty).

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Nutcracker - Trepak - Tchaikovsky arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Quartet - for 3 Bb Clarinets and Bass Clarinet

Trepak is fast and furious. "Lung-cracker" might be a better desciption! I have tried to accommodate breathing in clarinets 1 and 2 and it is possible, and of course the faster it goes, the better! All the glory may be in the 1st Clarinet part, but it is the 2nd part that is the hardest to play.

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Nutcracker - Dance of the Mirlitons - Tchaikovsky arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Quartet - for 3 Bb Clarinets and Bass Clarinet

The Dance of the Mirlitons (or Reed-Flutes) is famous as a flute piece but hey! We are the ones with the reeds! Very effective on clarinets, even thought the key is wildly different. My Google reckoned the Mirlitons might be Kazoos or Cajun vegetables, but more interestingly "Eunuch flutes"!

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Pineapple Rag - Scott Joplin arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Quartet - for 3 Bb Clarinets and Bass Clarinet

An entertaining Slow-March style rag, which is easily playable although your 1st clarinettist needs to be secure up to top G. The "Pineapple" is most prominent towards the end of the piece!

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Rondo from Abdelazar - Purcell arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Quartet - for 3 Bb Clarinets and Bass Clarinet

One of the most distinctive gems of English music, used by Benjamin Britten in his "Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra" and more recently in the film "Pride and Prejudice". If you have many clarinets, my Clarinet Choir version is also available.

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CLARINET QUARTETS - 4 Bb Clarinets TOP
Spaced Out - Alun Cook
Clarinet Quartet - for 4 or more Bb Clarinets

In minimalist style, this quartet for Bb clarinets may equally well be performed by a larger group. It is staged, and involves some "choreography" and playing in free time - enjoyable to play and interesting and entertaining for the audience. Detailed performance instructions are included at the end of the score. The off-stage clarinet part is included at the back of the 1st Clarinet part.

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Ticked Off - Alun Cook
Clarinet Quartet - for 4 or more Bb Clarinets and Metronome

The piece uses tone-changing (fingerings are marked) but it is tonal and "audience-friendly", and not particularly hard to play - except of course, that you need to be able to play in time to a metronome!! Best that the metronome is ceremoniously carried on and off by a "technician" in a brown (or white) coat.

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