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CLARINET CHOIR - Original Compositions
DahDup! Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 7 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 5 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

An onomatopoeic title for this interesting (I think) piece which blend intricate and gutsy rhythmic patterns with some more minimalist sections. I know that all sounds very “Psued's Corner” but you will understand when you listen to the piece. In minimalist style, there is scope for some choreography - feel free to try out your performance ideas.

The parts are not too hard. The Eb part is covered by an extra Bb part and the Alto Clarinet part is covered by Clarinet 6. The Contra parts are optional but obviously add depth.

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Listen to recording - 5m 09s
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Damned Spiders Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

A menacing Tarantella which drives at a fast tempo and, although not technically too difficult, the shear speed provides plenty of challenge for the performers and there are no "easy" parts. Originally written for wind quintet under the title “Don't Cry...”. Eb clarinet is covered by a Bb part as is the Alto clarinet, so a minimum of 6 Bb clarinets and a Bass are required. Better still with 2 Bass Clarinets, and then add the Eb, Alto, and Contras if you can.

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listen to recording - 2m 59s
El Clarinete Rifirrafe Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Written as a showpiece for the solo clarinettist in a single reed ensemble, this has been broadened out to embrace the Clarinet Choir. There is plenty to do for everyone. Eb clarinet is covered by a Bb part as is the Alto clarinet, so a minimum of 6 Bb clarinets and a Bass are required. Better still with 2 Bass Clarinets, and then add the Eb, Alto, and Contras if you can.

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listen to recording - 5m 02s
Jazzablanca - Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Jazzablanca is infused with an off-beat drive that requires a really controlled ensemble to keep the swing intense but the pace relaxed. The 2nd Bass Clarinet part and Contra parts are optional. The Eb and Alto parts are covered by alternative parts for Bb Clarinet.

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listen to recording - 3m 30s
Jezzanova Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinets.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto, 2 Bass Clarinets, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Written for a friend who wanted some music for single-reed ensemble, this version for Clarinet Choir floats along as a gentle bossanova and has no hidden difficuties.

This version (January 2022) has been scored for a slightly smaller group than the original, enabling those with smaller ensembles to be able to perform. Alternative Bb parts for the Eb Clarinet and Alto Clarinet are provided, Bass Clarinet 2 is optional as are the Contra parts.

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listen to recording - 3m 30s
Locomodus - Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Locomodus is the 3rd movement of a set of three, the others being “Spiritus” and “Somnium”. Locomodus has a driving beat and a locomotive feel. Straight forward to play for most, but some agility is required on the Basses if the notes are to be played at the correct octave.

The Eb part is covered by a Bb clarinet, as is the Alto Clarinet part. 2nd Bass Clarinet needs to go down to low C.

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Listen to recording - 5m 08s
Look What the Day Brings Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1(but ideally 2) Bass Clarinets.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto, 2 Bass Clarinets, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Originally conceived as a Saxophone ensemble piece, this version for Clarinet Choir was requested by Karyn Weber for her ensemble "Clarinet Fusion" in San Francisco. It works well for the ensemble and, as always with revisions, gives a chance for some development and enhancement of the original. Although some agility is required there are no major performing difficulties if you are “slick” at crossing the break!

This version (January 2022) has been scored for a slightly smaller group than the original, enabling those with smaller ensembles to be able to perform. It will work with just 1 Bass Clarinet but better with 2! Alternative Bb parts for the Eb Clarinet and Alto Clarinet are provided, and the Contra parts are optional.

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listen to recording - 4m 08s
Molly and the Shepherds Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

You may well guess from the title that this is a pastiche on Percy Grainger. I originally wrote it as a movement for wind quintet (available elswhere on this site). Alternative Bb parts for the Eb Clarinet and Alto clarinet parts may be substituted, and the 2nd Bass and Contra parts are not essential.

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listen to recording - 2m 57s
Oily Rag - Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Feeling brave? Very brave?? This spectacular “Oily” Rag twists and turns and slips and slides and is a real challenge for any group of players. Originally written for Saxophone Quartet, this version is no easier on clarinets and the metronome mark of c.108 is optimistic. The bass instrument parts are not hard but the Bb and Eb parts are all challenging and (in my case) require practice.

There are alternative Bb parts to cover the Eb and Alto Clarinets, and the Contra parts are optional.

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listen to recording - 4m 39s
Somnium - Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Somnium is the 2nd movement of a set of three, the others being “Spiritus” and “Locomodus”. Somnium is as the name suggests, a sleepy number with pleasant dreams to start with but a much more troubled middle section. The nightmares are confined to the mood - it is not technically difficult to play.

The Eb part is covered by a Bb Clarinet, as is the Alto Clarinet part - the contra parts are optional.

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Listen to recording - 5m 49s
Spiritus - Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Spiritus is the 1st movement of a set of three, the others being “Somnium” and “Locomodus”. Spiritus is lively and rhythmically challenging with changing time signatures and plenty of “off-beat𔄢 playing, but is otherwise not technically difficult

The Eb part is covered by a Bb clarinet, as is the Alto Clarinet part and the Contras are optional.

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Listen to recording - 3m 36s
Tales to Tell - Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

In the style of a wistful folk song, “Tales to Tell” should be performed with simplicity and flexibility in the opening and closing sections, and rhythmically in the middle where the more colourful and intricate semiquavers add harmonic complexity. It is not difficult for any of the players.

The 2nd Bass Clarinet part and Contra parts are definitely optional - the piece works perfectly in the small format. The Eb and Alto parts are covered by alternative parts for Bb Clarinet.

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listen to recording - 5m 50s
Twisty Turny Thing - Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

A piece in swing style that twists and turns to keep your clarinettists amused. The parts are not technically difficult but the rhythm needs to be very secure. The Eb part is covered by an extra Bb part. The Alto Clarinet part is covered by Clarinet 5. The 2nd Bass Clarinet is optional as are the contra parts.

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listen to recording - 3m 12s
Up-and-About Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 7 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinets.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 5 Bbs, 1 Alto, 2 Bass Clarinets, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Developed from a composition for Single Reed Ensemble, this rondo flies through an energetic theme before launching into a soaring peaceful section in the clouds before spiraling down through some more turbulent, anxious moments. The inner parts are often more challenging than the solo lines especially in the main theme.

Alternative Bb parts for the Eb Clarinet and Alto Clarinet are provided, Bass Clarinet 2 is optional as are the Contra parts.

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listen to recording - 3m 44s
What! No Cigar? Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contrabass

A touch of Havana in a Latin romp. This busy score is entertaining for all the players and is not technically too difficult but the rhythms are challenging and require excellent ensemble playing.

Alternative Bb parts for the Eb Clarinet and Alto Clarinet are provided, Bass Clarinet 2 is optional as are the Contra parts.

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listen to recording - 4m 39s
A Winter' Tale Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contrabass

Soothing music to lull your children to sleep, but like all good stories there are moments of intrigue and suspense. This was originally scored for single reed ensemble (3 Clarinets, 2 Altos Saxophones and Bass Clarinet - available elsewhere on this website).

The Eb and Alto clarinet parts are covered by extra Bb clarinet parts and the 2nd Bass and Contras are optional.

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listen to recording - 5m 00s
CLARINET CHOIR - Arrangements and Transcriptions TOP
Incidental Music to "Abdelazer" - Henry Purcell arr.Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

This nine movement suite was written by Purcell as incidental music for a play subtitled “The Moor's Revenge” - a tragic tale of lust, revenge and murder. The most famous movement is the Rondo which was used as the theme by Benjamin Britten in his stunning “Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra”. Some of the movements are very short with others more substantial, and although of no great musical substance they are satisfying to play and provide excellent repertoire. The final movement does have two dubious notes where the rules of harmony are not strictly obeyed - these are Purcell's choice rather than the arranger's.

The parts are not difficult. The Eb Clarinet part is covered by an extra Bb part, the Alto Clarinet is covered by Clarinet 5 and the 2nd Bass and Contra parts are optional. The metronome marks are purely my suggestion, as are the dynamics. The complete suite lasts for about 16 minutes but performers have wildly differing interpretations of the speeds of the various movements - string ensembles seem to race through these movements as if the bar was about to close, for example I consider the Rondo to be a stately majestic movement but I have seen much faster performances being described as "pedestrian" but others, so you pays your money.....!

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1. Overture
2. Rondo
3. Air I
4. Air II
5. Minuet
6. Air III
7. Jig
8. Hornpipe
9. Air IV
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The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum scoring: 6 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto and 1 Contra Bass

Energetic and exciting, The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba is a favourite amongst audiences and great fun to play. Performance speed is a matter of your own taste, dexterity and tonguing ability. There is also a version for Clarinet Quartet on this site, but in this Clarinet Choir version you have a better balance and a chance to breathe.

The Eb and Alto clarinet parts are covered by extra Bb clarinet parts and the Contras are optional. If lacking 2 Basses you could play this with just one using the 2nd Bass part, but the instrument really needs to go down to low C.

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listen to recording - 3m 24s
The Banks of the Green Willow - George Butterworth arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum scoring: 7 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 5 Bbs, 1 Alto, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto and 1 Contra Bass

Quintessentially English music! During his short life, George Butterworth followed the musical fashion of the time, collecting English folk-songs, often with his friend Vaughan Williams, and incorporated two of them (“The Banks of the Green Willow” and “Green Bushes”) in this “Idyll”. Butterworth was killed in August 1916, aged 31, at the Battle of the Somme.

Arranged for Clarinet Choir, it is scored for Eb Clarinet, 5 Bb Clarinets, 1 Alto and 2 Bass Clarinets. There are alternative Bb parts to cover both the Eb and Alto Clarinet parts, so it may be played by a minimum of 7 Bb Clarinets and 2 Basses. There also optional parts for Contra Alto and Contra Bass Clarinets.

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listen to recording - 6m 42s
The Blue Bird - Charles Villiers Stanford arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum scoring: 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto and 1 Contra Bass

The most beautiful song originally written for SATB choir. Calm and serene this is the perfect secular piece for a resonant acoustic such as a church. I approached this arrangement with some trepidation as I adore the music and did not wish to upset my chorally devoted friends but I think it works very well.

The lake lay blue, below the hill. As I looked, there flew across the waters cold and still, a bird whose wings were palest blue. The sky above was blue at last, the sky beneath me blue in blue, was blue in blue. A moment ere the bird had passed, it called, as if in a trance he flew.

Excellent pianissimo playing is required and I would recommend reading the text before performing. With a full scoring including Eb Clarinet, 4 Bb Clarinets, 1 Alto, 2 Bass Clarinets and Contras, the low clarinets need to be subtle and not overpowering if using all the parts, and the Eb needs to blend so do not be afraid to use the alternative Bb part instead. There are alternative Bb parts to cover both the Eb and Alto Clarinet parts, so it may be played by a minimum of 6 Bb Clarinets and 1 Bass. The 2nd Bass and Contra Alto and Contra Bass Clarinet parts are optional.

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listen to recording - 3m 03s
Brandenburg Concerto No 3 - J.S.Bach arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum scoring: 5 Bbs and 2 Basses
Full scoring: 1 Eb (optional with a covering Bb part), 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl (or alternative Bb part), 2 Basses (one to low C), optional Contra Alto and Contra Bass

The Brandenburg Concertos are all delicious in their own ways and there is plenty for everyone in No 3, originally for string orchestra. The relatively small scoring covers all the parts. The arrangement is in the original key so you will need to practice your A major (or E major) scales. The first movement is quite acrobatic and the third is full of running scales. The 2nd movement is just 2 chords with some decoration.

(This arrangement is new in November 2021 with revised scoring and the addition of movements 2 and 3)

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Movement 1 - 6m 33s
Movement 2 - 0m 12s
Movement 3 - 3m 42s
Capriccio Espagnol Rimsky-Korsakov arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum scoring: 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto and 1 Contra Bass

A famous piece with spectacular clarinet parts, here condensed down for Clarinet Choir for those brave enough to try. Some fast tonguing required and the occasional tricky key signature. The Eb part is covered by an extra Bb part and the Alto Clarinet part is covered by Clarinet 5. The 2nd Bass Clarinet is optional as are the contra parts. In addition, the Bb parts also have the final section transposed for Clarinet in A. This is to avoid a tricky key signature rather than for the added depth of tone. There is only one “Alborada” because of the keys and scoring of the original but it may be played again as a Movement 3 to retain the original structure.

(A note on the MP3 recordings - I used the Bb parts which cover the Eb Clarinet and Alto parts. I used 2 Basses and no Contras. I stuck to the Bb parts in the Fandango rather that using the alternative parts for Clarinet in A. The 'A' Clarinet parts would certainly be easier but I thought I should prove that it was playable on Bbs. The speed of the Fandango depends on the speed of your performers'' tonguing - mine is not that fast!)

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Alborada - listen to recording - 1m 21s

 


Variazioni - listen to recording - 4m 55s

 


Scena and Fandango - listen to recording - 9m 26s

 

Dance of the Hours Ponchielli arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

The “Dance of the Hours” is a ballet sequence from Ponchielli's opera, "La Gioconda". The Opera music is beautifully scored and the melodies are charming. Those of a certain age will recognise the section popularised by the comedian Allan Sherman (“A letter from camp”). The Introduction is quite tricky for first clarinet and the Eb part is necessarily high and so tuning is challenging, but the Eb should be used in preference to the alternative Bb part if at all possible. If the introduction is too difficult the piece could be started at the Dance (letter F) from where the piece has no substantial challenges.

This arrangement is for 1 Eb (with alternative Bb part provided), 4 Bbs, 1 Alto (with alternative Bb part), 1 Bass with optional 2nd Bass, Contra Alto and Contra Bass parts, so a minimum requirements of 6 Bbs and 1 Basses.

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listen to recording - 7m 19s
Danse Macabre Saint-Saëns arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

A scary piece - especially if you don't like tonguing! At midnight on Halloween, the devil comes out to play - to play the clarinet on this occasion. Some of the high sections are tricky for the top parts but for the others the main challenge is the tonguing. This arrangement (revised in Jan. 2022) is for 1 Eb (with alternative Bb part provided), 4 Bbs, 1 Alto (with alternative Bb part), 2 Basses and optional Contra Alto and Contra Bass parts, so a minimum requirements of 6 Bbs and 2 Basses.

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listen to recording - 7m 46s
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind Parry arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

The most beautiful Hymn of all! I have sung it at weddings and funerals, although it usually chokes me up so much that I cannot sing more than a few phrases. The original, "Long Since in Egypt's Plenteous Land" was part of the Parry's Oratorio "Judith", with these words added later by John Whittier.

It works well as an instrumental pre-wedding piece or as an interlude or may be used as an accompaniment for a congregation. As you will hear, the congregation need to be musical or have some sort of direction as there are several traps to fall into but it is definitely worthwhile pursuing. A single line vocal part is included and there is also a full SATB choir score available here.

This arrangement is for 1 Eb (with alternative Bb part provided), 4 Bbs, 1 Alto (with alternative Bb part), 1 Bass, with optional parts for 2nd Bass, Contra Alto and Contra Bass, so a minimum requirement of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass.

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listen to recording - 3m 56s (without repeats)
Dvořák Serenade for Strings - Movement I - Dvořák arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Wind players are usually well aware of Dvořák's superb Wind Serenade but his Serenade for Strings is, if anything, more beautiful and this first movement is serene and atmospheric with smooth lines and mystical harmonic shifts.

It is not too difficult and there are alternative Bb parts to cover the Eb and Alto Clarinets, and the Contra parts are optional.

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listen to recording - 4m 36s
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Fantasia on The Dargason Gustav Holst arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Holst uses a similar arrangement to this in both his 2nd Suite for Military Band, and the St. Pauls' Suite for Strings. Holst juxtaposes the 16th century English folk tune “Dargason”, with “Greensleeves”, purportedly written by King Henry VIII (although this is now pooh-poohed by those spoilsports historians!). This arrangement (revised in March 2022) is for 1 Eb (with alternative Bb part provided), 4 Bbs, 1 Alto (with alternative Bb part), 1 Bass, with optional parts for 2nd Bass, Contra Alto and Contra Bass, so a minimum requirement of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass.

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listen to recording - 3m 21s
Fauré Pavane - Gabriel Fauré arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

This elegant Pavane was originally written for piano but is mostly known in Fauré's arrangement for small orchestra. He also added an optional (and invisible) chorus part with some very strange lyrics. The chorus parts largely double the melody but some of the other interjections are included in the arrangement. The Pavane is perfectly suited to the mellow sounds of the clarinet choir.

The Eb part is covered by an extra Bb part and the Alto Clarinet part is covered by Clarinet 5. The Contra parts are optional. The Pavane is also available in a version for Clarinet Quartet and Saxophone Quartet.

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listen to recording - 6m 56s
Flower Duet from Lakme - Delibes arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

This well loved operatic duet suits the clarinet choir very well. It can be performed by a minimum of six Bb clarinets and one bass clarinet. The Eb part is covered by an extra Bb part. The Alto Clarinet part is covered by Clarinet 5. The 2nd Bass Clarinet is optional as are the contra parts. It is also available elsewhere on this website for Clarinet Duet, Quartet and Saxophone Quartet.

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listen to recording - 5m 40s
Funeral March of a Marionette Gounod arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

A fitting end for a broken puppet. Written while Gounod was living in Blackheath in London, it was originally a piano piece which he later orchestrated. This arrangement is not difficult to play, scored for a minimum of 6 Bb Clarinets and 1 Bass, but with a full scoring of 1 Eb (with alternative Bb part), 4 Bbs, 1 Alto (with alternative Bb part), 2 Basses (the 2nd being optional) and optional Contra Alto and Contra Bass.

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listen to recording - 5m 30s
The Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave) Mendelssohn arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 7 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 2 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave) conjures up the sea, both lashing in fury on the rocks outside the island of Staffa and in calmer times in the occasional lull between storms. There are energentic moments in the clarinet parts and moments of serene beauty.

This arrangement includes 2 Eb parts (but they are adequately covered by the alternative Bb parts provided), 4 Bbs, 1 Alto (with alternative Bb part), 2 Basses and optional Contra Alto and Contra Bass, so minimum requirements are 7 Bbs and 2 Basses. The 2nd Bass really needs to go down to low C for maximum effect. The energetic sections in the contra parts are at the players discretion depending on the mechanical efficiency of their instruments.

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Humoresque No. 7 Dvořák arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

One of a set of “Humoresques”, No. 7 is by far the most famous. It should be played flexibly and with imagination as the mood takes you. This is not difficult to play, even if the opening rhythm in the 1st clarinet part looks daunting at first glance, it will be soon understood by even the more junior player.

The Eb part is covered by an extra Bb part and the Alto Clarinet part is covered by Clarinet 5. The 2nd Bass and Contra parts are optional.

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listen to recording - 3m 07s
Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring - J.S.Bach arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass
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Smooth and serene and frequently played at weddings and at Christmas, this famous movement from J.S.Bach's Cantata BWV147 presents little technical difficulty.

Alternative Bb parts are provided to cover the Eb and Alto Clarinets, so it may be played by a minimum of 6 Bb clarinets and 1 Bass, with the 2nd Bass and Contra parts being a bonus if you have that luxury.

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listen to recording - 3m 22s
Jupiter - from The Planets Gustav Holst arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 2 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

If you want a challenge, this is for you. The scoring is flexible but most parts are challenging in both range and technique. Essential are: Eb Clarinet - but with an alternative Bb part provided (high), 4 Bb Clarinet parts, Alto Clarinet - but with an alternative Bb part provided and Bass Clarinet. Optional: Eb Clarinet 2 - not essential but adds great colour, Bass Clarinet 2 often enriches the harmonies above the 1st Bass part. The Contra parts are a wonderful luxury but not essential If you have spare Bb clarinettists, start by doubling the Alto part (Cl5) Jupiter is also available for various Saxophone ensembles.

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Kiddy Litter Traditional arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 2 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

A medley of children's nursery rhymes, 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! The Eb and Alto Clarinet parts are covered by extra Bb parts, and the 2nd Bass and Contra parts are optional. “Kiddy Litter” is also available for Wind Quintet and Clarinet Quartet.

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Overture to The Marriage of Figaro Mozart arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Exciting, challenging and very satisfying to play. There are a few finger-twisting sections for some (especially 2nd Clarinet) and a little double-tonguing for clarinets 3 and 4 (but in a very manageable part of the range). Alternative Bb parts for the Eb Clarinet and Alto clarinet parts may be substituted, and the Contra parts are not essential.

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Mozart Adagio - from Serenade in Bb K361 for 13 Winds Mozart arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 7 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 5 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Like many, I think this amongst the most exquisite pieces of music ever written. In the film “Amadeus”, Salieri says of this movement "It seemed to me that I was hearing the voice of God". I have had the privilege of playing the Serenade many times but when it was suggested that I score the Adagio for clarinet choir I was a little reluctant - it seemed like sacrilege... however, it is increasingly difficult to find the bassoonists and horn players necessary to complete the full ensemble so this transcription does give us mere clarinettists the chance to enjoy playing this masterpiece.

“Musicologists” have recently decided to change some of the notes. There is a manuscript held at the US Library of Congress which includes some accidentals in bars 19 (Eb Cl.) and the answering phrase, but all performances up until the 1990s are played without, presumably because these notes sound like mistakes and do not sound like Mozart. I have noted them in the score in case you would like to enjoy them! The ornamentation used is that which is usually performed.

Performance speeds vary from the deliciously slow (Klemperer) to unacceptably fast “romps” which can be found on YouTube performed by people with no soul. Dynamics are very minimal. The solo lines should all be played with expression whilst the underlying pulse remains calm and serene. Listen to Otto Klemperer with The London Wind Quintet and Ensemble, Edo de Waart with Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Leopold Stokowski with American Symphony Orchestra and Neville Marriner from the Amadeus soundtrack, with The Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

The Eb and Alto clarinet parts are covered by extra Bb parts, and the Contra parts are optional

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listen to recording - 5m 35s
Nun Danket Alle Gott (from Bach Cantata 192) - J.S.Bach arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass
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Glorious Bach! Bach wrote several versions of the chorale “Nun danket alle Gott” and this is the 1st movement from Cantata BWV192. All the parts are busy and require concentration resulting in a glorious sound on clarinets. This arrangement is for 1 Eb (with alternative Bb part), 4 Bbs, 1 Alto (with alternative Bb part), 2 Basses and optional Contra Alto and Contra Bass, so minimum requirements are 6 Bbs and 2 Basses.

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Nutcracker Tchaikovsky arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir
Available in 2 versions:
Smaller ensemble: - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Larger ensemble: - Minimum of 7 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 5 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Four movements: Overture Miniature, Dance of the Mirlitons, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Trepak

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I think “finger-cracker” might be a more appropriate title, with some challenging parts in this suite of four movements from Tchaikovsky's ballet, “The Nutcracker”.

Originally arranged for the larger scoring, I have rearranged the suite for those of you with a smaller number of available players. In both versions the Eb and Alto Clarinet parts are covered by alternative Bb parts and the Contra parts are optional. Although the two versions follow identical structures, the majority of the parts in the smaller version have slight changes to accomodate the reduced scoring. The MP3 recordings are of the smaller ensemble version, using Bb parts for the Eb and Alto, and 2 Basses and no Contras.

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Overture Miniature - 3m 21s
Dance of the Mirlitons - 2m 46s
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - 1m 57s
Trepak - 1m 11s
Sheep May Safely Graze - J.S.Bach arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 7 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 5 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass
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A beautiful, peaceful aria from Bach's Cantata BWV 208, "freely transcribed" for Clarinet Choir with its tonal range allowing the rich Chalumeau register to contrast with the upper register (which must always remain sweet - dolce)! Purists might prefer a stricter interpretation of the original, but I have gone for rich harmonies which are possible within Bach's outline. Although not as wild as Grainger's wonderful “Blithe Bells”, it is still quite delicious to play.

There are alternative Bb parts to cover the Eb and Alto Clarinets, and the Contra parts are optional.

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UnRavelled - on themes by Maurice Ravel arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

So, I started off aiming to write an original piece and set up a good syncopated rhythmic introduction. Time for a melody and for some reason I played a snippet of Ravel's Bolero theme - and that was it - I couldn't get it out of my head so the piece transformed into a flirtation with everything Bolero.

There are no technical difficulties providing you can cope with syncopation, but the melodies are often written around the “throat” notes so tuning must be a focus and you may wish to project more that the dynamics suggest.

There are alternative Bb parts to cover the Eb and Alto Clarinets, and the 2nd bass and Contra parts are optional.

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listen to recording - 4m 01s
Vltava (Die Moldau) - Smetana arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Vltava is a famous piece of programme music describing the course of the river Vltava from its gentle rippling origins, through rapids and past landmarks as it builds in intensity. Smetana's score is rich and there is plenty to do for all. I have generally used the original dynamics but these are somewhat overstated and what you see as a dynamic change is often more an indication of phrasing, so treat these with caution. Arranged for Eb Clarinet (with alternative Bb part provided), 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Clarinet (with alternative Bb part), 2 Basses and optional Contra Alto and Contra Bass, so minimum requirements are 6 Bbs and 2 Basses. All the parts are challenging - don't think that opting to play Clarinet 4 will give you an easy time!

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CLARINET CHOIR - Christmas Music TOP
Bethlehem Ride Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass
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A spirited original Christmas carol which interpolates the words and music of "O Little Town of Bethlehem" as a countermelody.

This version for Clarinet Choir was conceived principally as a “stand-alone” instrumental, but there is no reason why it cannot be performed with a choir, either full SATB or SA, or just the Soprano line wih a junior choir. It could even be performed as an instrumental with male voices singing the (“O Little Town”) countermelody. The choir versions are available under the Christmas - Carols - section of this website.

The Clarinet Choir may consist of as few as 6 Bb Clarinets and 1 Bass Clarinet, as the Bb and Alto parts are covered by special Bb parts, and the 2nd Bass Clarinet and Contra parts are optional.

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Carols of Old England Trad. arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass
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Many of the carols in this medley date from times well before their first publication and may come from the medieval period. Whereas we now associate Carols with Christmas, traditionally they were a popular form of song and dance devoted to a seasonal or ecclesiastical occasion, but the Church disapproved so the melodies became separated from the dance. For example the famous “Deck the Hall” was originally a Welsh carol celebrating the coming of spring and had decidedly secular words (bosums, blossums, blisses and kisses). This medley includes the Cherry Tree Carol, Ding Dong Merrily on High, The Boar's Head Carol, Past 3 O'clock, Adam Lay yBounden, Come all ye Worthy Gentlemen and the Goucestershire Wassail.

The parts are not too hard. The Eb part is covered by an extra Bb part and the Alto Clarinet part is covered by Clarinet 5. The 2nd Bass Clarinet is optional as are the contra parts. (This version revised in November 2022)

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Christmas on The Downs Trad. arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 7 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 5 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass
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This medley takes four traditional carols and adds a little modern Christmas spice.

In Sussex, a county on the south coast of England, the magnificent chalk cliffs named “The Seven Sisters” provide wonderful views of any approaching ships, although on Christmas Day in the morning one might hope that the sailors were all safely tucked up in bed. The words of “I Saw Three Ships” are from the 17th Century and as they claim to see ships sailing into Bethlehem, seeing them from the Sussex cliffs seems just as likely.

“Mummers” were seasonal plays performed by amateur actors and the Sussex Mummers' Carol has ancient origins but is now most usually heard in a gloriously rich instrumental version by Percy Grainger. The melody of “The Sussex Carol” (On Christmas Night all Christians Sing) was noted down by Ralph Vaughan Williams (a notable collector of folk-songs) in Horsham in the 1900's but its origins are thought to be from the 17th Century. “Wassailing” involves singing and most probably involves drinking copious quantities of “Cider”. The southern counties are home to cider orchards where the traditional ritual of “Wassailing” celebrated the apple harvest and the hopes for the coming year's crop. It also came to mean going from door to door singing carols. “Waes Hael” comes from the Anglo-Saxon and translates as “are you well” or “be thou hail”.

The Eb and Alto parts are covered by alternative Bb parts and contra parts are optional.

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listen to recording - 5m 20s
Five movements from The Christmas Oratorio - J.S.Bach arr.Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 7 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 5 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass
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This five movement suite consists of three lively movements which featured trumpets in the original score, interspersed by two slow chorales, totalling about 12 minutes.

The parts are not difficult. The Eb part is covered by an extra Bb part and the Alto Clarinet part is covered by Clarinet 6, and the Contra parts are optional

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1. Chorus - Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde - 4m 21s
2. Choral - Seid froh, dieweil - 1m 20s
3. Chorus - Herrscher des Himmels - 1m 51s
4. Choral - Ach, mein herzliebes Jesulein! - 1m 10s
5. Chorus/Choral - Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen - 3m 06s
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Christmas with the Merry Gentlemen? Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass
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“God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen”, so why is the music so miserable? Tidings of comfort and joy about the birth of Jesus? They don't seem very pleased! Actually the medieval feel of the original make this one of my favourite carols and in this Fantasia on the theme, the Gentlemen end up a little more cheerful although they do have some stressful times along the way. The parts are not too hard although some agility is required in the Bb parts. The Eb part is covered by an extra Bb part and the Alto Clarinet part is covered by Clarinet 5. The 2nd Bass Clarinet is optional as are the contra parts.

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Dasher and Dancer (Reindeer Ramble) - Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 5 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: Eb Clarinet, 4 Bb Clarinets, 1 Alto Clarinet, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass, Sleigh Bells
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A light hearted piece for Christmas time but can be enjoyed at any time! Originally for a small clarinet ensemble (see Clarinets at Christmas), this version expands to give the extreme instruments a good crack of the whip (does Santa use a whip?) The Eb and Alto Clarinet parts may be covered extra Bb parts, and the 2nd Bass and Contra parts are optional (so the core is 6 Bb Clarinets and a Bass) There is also a part for Sleigh Bells which adds a festive touch. (This version re-scored and revised October 2021)

Also available for Wind Band and smaller clarinet ensemble.

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Deck The Halls - Traditional arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass
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A bright cheerful carol for Christmas or to guide in the new year. The parts are not too hard although a little dexterity is required in the Bb parts. The Eb part is covered by an extra Bb part and the Alto Clarinet part is covered by Clarinet 5. The 2nd Bass Clarinet is optional as are the contra parts.

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Ding Dong Merrily on High - Traditional arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass
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The melody for this delightful carol comes from 15th century France. The words we know were added much later by the Anglican priest, George Ratcliffe Woodward, who also provided words for "Past 3 O'clock" and published several books of Carols.

It may be performed as an instrumental or with a choir. If performing with a choir, the words for Verse 1 need to be repeated for Verse 4 - Woodford only wrote 3 verses, but this arrangement has 4, or you could always write a new verse! The third verse might by be sung by men's voices. A vocal guide is provided to show what happens between verses.

The Eb part is covered by an extra Bb part and the Alto Clarinet part is covered by Clarinet 5. The 2nd Bass Clarinet is optional as are the contra parts, but any added bass is always a joy!

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listen to recording - 3m 02s
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (with Fanfare and Descant) Mendelssohn arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets (although 1 Bass if essential)
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass
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This arrangement may be played with or without choir. It has a Fanfare which may be played at the start of the piece or before the final verse, in which case use the last 2 bars of verse 1 as an introduction.

If playing with a choir, Verses 1 and 2 may be sung in traditional (Mendelssohn's) four part harmony. The harmonies will fit even though the instrumental parts are developed. The final verse should be sung in unison with the optional descant part.

The Clarinet Choir may consist of as few as 6 Bb Clarinets and 2 Bass Clarinets, as the Bb and Alto parts are covered by special Bb parts, and the Contra parts are optional. Bass Clarinet 2 is essential and Bass Clarinet 1 is not intended to be optional although the arrangement will work without it if you have no choice.

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Huron Carol Canadian traditional. arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass
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The Huron Carol has one of the most beautiful and simple melodies I know. The resulting arrangement has a slightly “rocky” feel and is not an accompaniment for choir, just incidental music for the season. This is an extensive reworking of my original arrangement for saxophones.


The parts are not too hard. The Eb part is covered by an extra Bb part and the Alto Clarinet part is covered by Clarinet 5. The 2nd Bass Clarinet is optional as are the contra parts.

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O Come! All Ye Faithful - Traditional arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 1 Bass, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass
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A traditonal Christmas Carol (Adeste Fideles) with a new Fanfare and Descant.

The Eb part is covered by an extra Bb part and the Alto Clarinet part is covered by Clarinet 5. The 2nd Bass Clarinet is optional as are the contra parts.

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O Holy Night (Cantique de Nöel) - Adolphe Adam arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 1 Bass, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass
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A famous and beautiful Christmas carol, with all three verses set so it would be possible to accompany a choir, although it is intended as an instrumental (the key is concert Eb which is a common choice of choirs).

I have scored it for a small ensemble as I know not all of you have large Clarinet Choirs so 6 Bb's and 1 Bass (as per my MP3) will suffice if you are with Eb or Alto Clarinet as there are alternative Bb parts to cover these, and the Contra parts are optional.

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The Santa Express - Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 7 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 5 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass
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At Christmas in the depths of the English countryside on the Kent and Sussex border, steam railways run Santa Specials as a Christmas treat for young and old alike. This popular piece, originally for saxophones, captures the hurrying-along of the steam engine with its cargo of excited children hoping to see Santa Claus - and they will! The Santa Express is available in many versions including those for Orchestra, Wind Band, Saxophones, and even a Piano Duet.

There are alternative Bb parts to cover the Eb and Alto Clarinets, and 2nd Bass and the Contra parts are optional.

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Shchedryk (Carol of the Bells) - A New Year's Carol - Mykola Leontovych (Ukrainian Trad.) arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 5 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl (or another Bb), 1 Bass, Contra Alto, Contra Bass
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In “the West” we know this as “The Carol of the Bells”, but the original was written as a New Year's carol (or Shchedrivka) by Mykola Leontovych based on a Ukrainian folk song melody which tells the story of a Swallow which flies into the house and tells of the joys of spring to come. It is still regularly performed by choirs in its original form in the Ukraine and beyond with their magnificent choral sound. This arrangement can be played with a small ensemble - just 5 Bb Clarinets and Bass Clarinet. The Contras are optional, the Alto part is covered by Clarinet 5 and the Eb part is non-essential but adds colour.

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The Shepherds' Farewell - Hector Berlioz arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass
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The Shepherds' Farewell is taken from Berlioz's oratorio L'enfance du Christ depicting the flight of the holy family from King Herod's massacre of new-born children. Apparently, Berlioz's music was not generally appreciated by Parisian audiences, finding it too discordant and harmonically advanced for their taste but this Oratorio, and in particular this movement, was appreciated for its simplicity in form and beautiful melody, and is now sung by choirs across the world at Christmas.

There are alternative Bb parts to cover the Eb and Alto Clarinets, and the 2nd Bass and Contra parts are optional.

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Silent Night - Franz Gruber arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass
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A simple interpretation of this classic carol, with brief introduction and three different harmonic verses. Suitable for unison choir accompaniment or purely instrumental

There are alternative Bb parts to cover the Eb and Alto Clarinets, and the 2nd Bass and Contra parts are optional.

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Sinfonia from Christmas Oratorio - J.S.Bach arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 7 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 5 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass
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This Sinfonia is the only purely instrumental movement from Bach's Christmas Oratorio. There is plenty to play in all the parts and it is not difficult. Good to play at any time of year with its sense of uplifting spirituality. The original scoring is for 2 Flutes, 2 Oboe D'amore, 2 Oboe da caccia, Strings and Continuo.

There are alternative Bb parts to cover the Eb and Alto Clarinets, and the Contra parts are optional.

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listen to recording - 5m 07s