Bass Clarinet Music

(Updated 29 July 2014)


For the convenience of bass clarinetists, we have listed all of our bass clarinet music (and one piece for contra in E-flat) on this page. Don't forget that the Orchestral Musician's CD-ROM Library also includes some bass clarinet parts.  Bass clarinet parts are in treble clef and do not require a low C bass clarinet unless noted.

We also have the book From the Clarinet d'Amour to the Contra Bass by Albert Rice.

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Excerpts and Parts
C153: Difficult Passages and Solos for Clarinet and Bass Clarinet Book 1 edited by Alamiro Giampieri. Ricordi, PB, 134 pages. Excerpts from the symphonic and operatic works of Beethoven, Bellini, Donizetti, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Puccini, Respighi, Rossini, Schumann, Weber and more. Click on the cover image to view the Table of Contents.  Use your browser's Back button to return.
31.95
C154: Difficult Passages and Solos for Clarinet and Bass Clarinet Book 2 edited by Alamiro Giampieri. Ricordi, PB, 134 pages. Excerpts from the symphonic and operatic works of Beethoven, Berlioz, Brahms, Liszt, Respighi, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner and more. Click on the cover image to view the Table of Contents.  Use your browser's Back button to return.
31.95
C427: Orchester Probespiel - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions Clarinet edited by Heinz Hepp and Albert Rohde. C.F. Peters, 1991, SS, 44 pages. This book of orchestra and opera excerpts was developed in Germany for use in auditions. The selections were made based on an analysis of pieces used for auditions over many years. It includes excerpts for soprano clarinet, D/E-flat clarinet and bass clarinet. The second clarinet part is also included in a number of excerpts. Click on the cover image to view the Table of Contents. Use your browser's Back button to return.
37.75
C1934: Strauss, R. Orchestral Excerpts from Symphonic Works Vol. III for Clarinet in D and E-flat and Bass Clarinet edited by Franz Bartholomey. International Music Co., SS, 36 pages. Includes excerpts from the works for Richard Strauss for clarinet in D for Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks and Symphonic Domestica; for clarinet in E-flat from Thus Spake Zarathurstra and A Hero's Life; and for bass clarinet (in B-flat) from Death and Transfiguration, Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Thus Spake Zarathurstra, Don Quixote, A Hero's Life, and Symphonic Domestica. Death and Transfiguration and Symphonic Domestica are mostly in bass clef.
15.50
C042: Symphonic Repertoire for the Bass Clarinet, Volume One by Michael Drapkin, Roncorp Publications, SS, 68 pages. This is the corrected version released in early 2003. This book includes 36 excerpts selected from the standard symphonic literature, some more obscure works with noteworthy bass clarinet solos, and additional pieces that frequently appear on audition lists. Composers include Gershwin, Mahler, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and more. An number of the excerpts are in bass clef and several are for bass clarinet in A. The author recently noted, "It has been 24 years since the original release, and this reprint provided me the opportunity to make a couple of corrections, most notably the correct transposition of the bass clarinet part to the Berg Violin Concert, as well as some misspellings." Click on the cover image to view Table of Contents.  Use your browser's Back button to return.
21.95
C243: Symphonic Repertoire for the Bass Clarinet, Volume Two by Michael Drapkin. Roncorp Publications, 2004, SS, 64 pages. This volume includes excerpts of works by Barber, Bartok, Copland, Dvorak, Mahler, Musorgsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Schoenberg, Schuman, Shostakovich, Strauss, Stravinsky, and Walton. Click on the cover image to view Table of Contents.  Use your browser's Back button to return.
23.95
C740: Symphonic Repertoire for the Bass Clarinet, Volume Three by Michael Drapkin. Roncorp Publications, 2006, SS, 64 pages. The latest volume in this series includes excerpts from works by Barber, Bartok, Bloch, Copland, Dvorak, Grofe, Holst, Janacek, Mahler, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Respighi, Schoenberg, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and Webern. Click on the cover image to view Table of Contents.  Use your browser's Back button to return.
21.95

Special!
SRBCSpec: Symphonic Repertoire for the Bass Clarinet Special. All three volumes of this series at a reduced price.
61.50
C1520: Wagner Orchestral Excerpts from Operas and Concert Works for Clarinet and Bass Clarinet edited by F. Hinze. International Music Co., SS, 53 pages. Includes excerpts from the following works: Rienzi, The Flying Dutchman, Tannhauser, Lohengrin, Tristan and Isolda, The Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Rhinegold, The Valkyrie, Siegfried, The Twilight of the Gods, Parsifal, Siegfried Idyll, and A Faust Overture. Includes some second and third clarinet parts. The bass clarinet parts are mostly in bass clef (some are for bass clarinet in A).
19.75


Methods
C143: Baermann for the Alto and Bass Clarinet adapted by William E. Rhoads. Southern Music Co., 1963, SS, 46 pages. This is an adaptation of Division 3 of Baermann Method. The editor has organized the exercises by key, adjusted the upper range (to high D), added fingering suggestions, and replaced the sixth and octave interval studies with one that exercises each interval in the scale from the second to the octave.
15.95
C1789: Bass Clarinet, Alto Clarinet/Contralto Clarinet Full Range Fingering and Trill Chart by Richard Williams and Jeff King. Kjos, 1999, SS, 7 pages. This is a handy 6" x 9" fingering chart on glossy card stock for the lower harmony clarinets with a lower range to E-flat. It gives the standard fingerings and alternatives from low E-flat to altissimo G. It also has trills beginning with low E-flat to C above the staff.
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3.95
C1756: The Bass Clarinet, A Personal History by Harry Sparnaay. Periferia Music, 2011, PB, 258 pages + CD. This is the second edition altough I don't see any obvious differences. Harry Sparnaay (1944-) is a well-known Dutch bass clarinetist. This book is both personal and comprehensive covering a wide range of the author's personal experiences and technical aspects of bass clarinet playing. There are many examples and resources for the player to draw on including multiphonic and microtonal fingerings and long list of recent repertoire. The CD has more than 100 audio examples of multiphonics and other special effects. Because of the weight of this book, Media Mail shipping charges will be based on the actual cost of postage. Click on the cover image to view a .pdf file of the book's Table of Contents and another 16 sample pages.  Because the most recent shipment which arrived on 16 February 2013 was damaged en route and the publisher was not reimbursed by their insurance, they have decided to look for US publisher instead of shipping to me.  Should this book become available again it will be listed here. There is now a downloadable edition of this book available here (not from us).


C633: The Bass Clarinet (Method) by Jean-Marc Volta. International Music Diffusion, 1996, PB, 119 pages. I am quite impressed by the French/English language method for the bass clarinet by Jean-Marc Volta, the principal bass clarinet of the French National Orchestra. This is an excellent source of detailed, professional bass clarinet techniques and a wonderful resource for fingerings. It would be suitable for high school students and older who are coming from the clarinet to the bass clarinet and for current bass clarinetists who are searching for more information on how to become proficient on their instrument. Click on the cover image to view the Table of Contents. Use your browser's Back button to return.
49.95
C773: Fingering Chart for Bass Clarinet by Jean-Marc Volta. International Music Diffusion, 1992, 2 pages. This is the same fingering chart as in the Volta method book. The illustrations are a bit small and the extended range fingerings are dated as they show only two touches for the right thumb and most low C bass clarinets now have three. It is primarily useful for the extensive number of altissimo fingerings up to high C. 
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C1955: Introducing the Alto or Bass Clarinet by Himie Voxman. Rubank, 1952, SS, 44 pages. This book is similar to the Rubank intermediate methods and is subtitled "A Transfer Method for Intermediate Instructions." It is intended for students who started on the soprano clarinet and are now learning the alto or bass clarinet. It introduces many techniques and concepts such as expression markings and accents, various types of articulation, grace notes, trills, scale and chord studies. A somewhat outdated fingering chart is included.
6.95
C1495: Short Synopsis on the Bass Clarinet (Petit Précis de Clarinette Basse) by Michel Pellegrino. Lemoine, 2009, 24 pages. It is tempting to call this an abbreviated version of the Volta book, but that probably does neither justice. This book which has side by side text in French and English has some introductory material, Preparatory Exercises, Register Exercises, Fingering in the Higher and Altissimo Registers, Effects (Vibrato, Flutter Tonguing or Growl, Ghost Notes, Glissandos, Ornamentation, and Slap Tonguing), and Exercises for Embouchure Suppleness. The book concludes with a Bach Courante, an example of improvisation in the style of Charlie Parker, Tango Etude No. 5 by Piazzolla, and an original etude for the study of register jumps.
17.95


Music (in order by composer or arranger)
WW257: Pit Band for Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet and Piano by William Albright. C.F. Peters, 1996, SS. (includes parts and piano score). This work, with its unusual ensemble of three haphazard instruments--a pick-up band--attemps to digest an evening-long musical comedy in a few minutes (8 to be precise). The program is: Tune-up and Introduction, Overture, Opening Number, Vamps and Screams ("Nessun dorma"), Love Song, Waltz, alla Marcia, Fox-trot and Shimmeys, and Finale. An advanced work with some high altissimo for both instruments, but without the nasty key changes found in most musicals.
17.75


V009: To Be Sung Upon The Water by Dominick Argento. Boosey & Hawkes, 1974, SS, 40 + 8 pages. This piece is for high voice (soprano), clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), and piano is based on poems by William Wordsworth. It is in 8 movements with bass clarinet playing on four, B-flat soprano clarinet on three, and one tacit. Advanced college or professional level.
To Be Sung Upon the Water
20.95
C2140: Prayer for Solo Bass Clarinet or Clarinet by Lera Auerbach. Sikorski, 2008, SS, 4 pages. Lera Auerbach (1973-) is a Russian-born American composer and pianist. This is a college level work with a duration of about 7 minutes. It has a variety of tempos and is written without a key signature but has many accidentals. The lowest note is an F below the staff and there is no altissimo. Click on the cover image to view the first page.
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13.95
C811: My Ends Are My Beginnings Clarinet in B-flat (Bass Clarinet) Solo by Milton Babbitt. C.F. Peters, 1990, SS, 14 pages. Milton Babbitt (1916-) is an American composer noted for pioneering serial and electronic music.This is a long (about 17 minutes), difficult solo work for clarinet switching to bass clarinet for the middle section. If you search the internet you can find a recording that can be downloaded (iTunes).
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13.25
C1511: J.S. Bach Allemande and Courante from Suite #1 for Cello transcribed for B-flat, E-flat Alto or Bass Clarinet by Glen A. Sargent. Shall-u-mo Publications, 1982, 4 pages. Two movements from the popular Bach work for cello. Better high school clarinetists and above.
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9.50
C1345: Contrapunctus XII (from Art of Fugue) Clarinet and Bass Clarinet Duet by Johann Sebastian Bach arranged by William Schmidt edited by Sharon Davis. Western International Music, 1996, SS, (includes score and parts). Allegro con spiritoso in 9/16.
7.95
C1302: Contrapunctus XIII (from Art of Fugue) Clarinet and Bass Clarinet Duet by Johann Sebastian Bach arranged by William Schmidt. Western International Music, 2001, SS, (includes score and parts). A Bach fugue nicely arranged for clarinet and bass clarinet. The publisher rates this at grade 3, I might suggest it is grade 3+.
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5.95
C1346: Contrapunctus XV (from Art of Fugue) Clarinet and Bass Clarinet Duet by Johann Sebastian Bach arranged by William Schmidt edited by Sharon Davis. Western International Music, 2001, SS, (includes score and parts). Sharon Davis writes that this piece by Bach contains a "puzzle."
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6.95
C1347: Three Inventions (Vol. 1) Clarinet and Bass Clarinet Duet by Johann Sebastian Bach arranged by William Schmidt edited by Sharon Davis. Western International Music, 1994, SS, (includes score and parts). Includes: Invention IV (Allegro ma non troppo), Invention IX (Andantino), and Invention VIII (Allegro vivo). There are a few low Ds (with alternative note) in the bass clarinet part.
7.95
C1348: Four Inventions (Vol. 2) Clarinet and Bass Clarinet Duet by Johann Sebastian Bach arranged by William Schmidt edited by Sharon Davis. Western International Music, 1999, SS, (includes score and parts). Includes: Invention XIII (Allegro), Invention II (Moderato), Invention VI (Allegretto), and Invention I (Allegro). There are a few low Ds (with alternative note) in the bass clarinet part.
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9.95
C1349: Four Inventions (Vol. 3) Clarinet and Bass Clarinet Duet by Johann Sebastian Bach arranged by William Schmidt edited by Sharon Davis. Western International Music, 2003, SS, (includes score and parts). Includes: Invention III (Allegretto), Invention V (Allegro ma non troppo), Invention VII (Andante con moto), and Invention X (Allegro).
8.95
C793: Inventions (Vol. I) Clarinet and Bass Clarinet (or two Clarinets) Duet by Johann Sebastian Bach arranged by J.M. Volta. International Music Diffusion, 1993, SS, 14 pages (score format). Seven inventions BWV 772-778. Includes brief notes on how to perform the ornaments. Generally at the upper intermediate level but some are a bit more difficult. Click on the cover image to view a sample page.
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13.50
C794: Inventions (Vol. II) Clarinet and Bass Clarinet (or two Clarinets) Duet by Johann Sebastian Bach arranged by J.M. Volta. International Music Diffusion, 1992, SS, 16 pages (score format). Eight inventions BWV 779-786. Includes brief notes on how to perform the ornaments. Generally at the upper intermediate level but some are a bit more difficult.
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13.50
C1612: Three Duos Clarinet and Bass Clarinet by Mauricio Murcia Bedoya. Woodwindiana, 2010, SB, 15 pages (score format). The first two duets are for clarinet and bass clarinet while the third is for two clarinets. The Duos are 1. Latinos, 2. Coffee Break (a mixture of Latin jazz and a Colombian rhythm called the pasillo--similar to a waltz--in the slow part), and 3. Tu Bambuquito (based on the Colombian national rhythm called the Banbuco). These duets are at the college level but may also be performed by good adult amateurs.
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16.95
C648: Deepwood for Bass Clarinet and Piano by David Bennett. Carl Fischer, 1937, SS, 7 + 3 pages. A popular bass clarinet solo by David Bennett who also wrote a number of frequently played clarinet quartets. Features alternating Lento and Vivace sections typical of much of Bennett's music.
Pieces for Bass Clarinet - Balthasar Hens
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8.95
C720: Sequenza IXc for Bass Clarinet Solo by Luciano Berio adapted by Rocco Parisi. Universal Edition, 1998, 11 pages. This is an adaptation of Sequenza IXa for bass clarinet. It is mostly in bass clef and includes some suggested fingerings. A low C instrument is needed. Advanced/professional level.
22.95
C1380: Suite for Bass Clarinet and Piano by Johanna Magdalena Beyer edited by Volker Hemken. Hofmeister, 2009, SS, 18 + 6 pages. Johanna Magdalena Beyer (1888-1944) was born in Germany. She immigrated to the United States in 1924 where she continued her music studies and worked as a piano teacher. She affiliated herself with the experimental music community in New York but only one of her compositions was published in her lifetime. This piece was written for Rosario Mazzeo in 1937. It is in three movements: I. Rubato, II. Lento, and III. Allegretto. The first two movements are not difficult (even though the first is in 5/4). The third movement in 12/8 and 5 sharps is a bit more challenging. Early college level.
22.95
C1543: Largo and Allegro for Bass Clarinet and Piano by Pietro Boni transcribed by Himie Voxman. Rubank, 1949, 5 + 2 pages. Pietro Gaetano Boni (ca.1686-1741) was an Italian composer. This two movement piece at the intermediate (easier high school) level is frequently used for solo and ensemble festivals. It is almost entirely in the lower register.
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4.95
C1047: Fantaisie Brillante sur Carmen by François Borne transcribed for bass clarinet and piano by Rocco Parisi. Billaudot, 2002, SS, 23 + 10 pages. A challenging transcription of this work originally for flute and piano. A low E-flat instrument is all that is needed. Much of this piece is in the clarion and altissimo.
42.95
C1783: 6 Sonatas for Two Bass Clarinets by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier transcribed for bass clarinet duet by Pedro Rubio. Bassus Ediciones, 2011, SS, 36 pages (score format). Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689-1755) was a prolific French composer who became wealthy publishing his own music. These sonatas, all in four movements, were originally for two bassoons, violas da gamba, or cellos. There are notes in the extended range with alternates given. These duets can also be played by any two like members of the clarinet family. Upper intermediate level. Click on the cover image to view the first page.
20.95

C599: Phantasy Quintet Op. 93 for bass clarinet and string quartet by York Bowen. Emerson Edition, 1954. Bowen (1884-1961) was an English composer and professor of piano at the Royal Academy of Music. This piece was written sometime between 1933 and 1936 as an entry in a competition. It is in three movements: Allegro moderato (with many tempo changes); Allegro con spirito, non troppo; and Allegro moderato ma piu tranquillo. Low E is the lowest bass clarinet note. Includes a score and parts. This is an advanced college or professional work. Duration about 14 minutes.
Twelve by the Moon-dial. Riverdale EnsemblePieces for Bass Clarinet - Balthasar Hens
54.95
C845: Ballade for Bass Clarinet and Piano by Eugene Bozza. Southern Music Co., 1939, SS, 6 + 2 pages. One of the older bass clarinet solos in the repertoire. A popular one movement sectional piece that is at turns, lyrical and rhythmic.
BASSics - Heni BokScawfell - Sarah WattsExcursions - Andrew Grenci, bass clarinetPieces for Bass Clarinet - Balthasar Hens
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7.95

WW069: Trio in D minor for Oboe (Clarinet), Bassoon (Viola/Bass Clarinet/Basset Horn) and Piano by Alexander Brent-Smith. Rosewood, 2003, (includes piano score and all parts). Alexander Brent-Smith (1889-1950) was a British composer, author, and teacher. This work was first performed in 1943. It is in three movements I. Allegro Moderato, II. Andante, and III. Allegretto. It should be playable by those at the early college level (and adult amateurs).
23.95
C1412: Elegy Bass Clarinet and Piano by Dirk Brossé. Metropolis Music, 2000, SS, 6 + 2 pages. Dirk Brossé (1960-) is a Belgian composer, music educator, and conductor. While this piece is not technically difficult, the many tempo changes probably make it more suitable for (early) college level performers.
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15.95

C1493: Steep Steps for solo bass clarinet by Elliott Carter. Boosey & Hawkes, 2001, 3 pages. The composer wrote: "Steep Steps was written for the greatly admired clarinetist and friend, Virgil Blackwell, during the summer of 2001. Its title comes from the fact that, unlike the other woodwind instruments, the clarinet overblows at the twelfth, a large interval that forms the basis of much of this composition." An advanced work that uses the extended range in a few spots. Here is recording on YouTube.
The Music of Elliott Carter Vol. 5
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9.95

C828: Excursions, Variations on a theme of Paganini for Bass Clarinet by Keith Ramon Cole. Emerson Edition, 1978, SS, 6 pages. A theme from Paganini and 15 variations in a variety of styles. Some altissimo but only two notes in the lower extended range. College level.
Excursions - Andrew Grenci, bass clarinetPieces for Bass Clarinet - Balthasar Hens
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13.95

C1434: 5 Huapangos for Clarinet and Bass Clarinet by Mike Curtis. Advance Music, 2005, SS. 10 pages (score format). Dedicated to Carol Robe, these five original dances in the huapango style will be enjoyed by players (advanced high school, early college, adult amateurs) and listeners alike. They are: 1. Santa Cruz, 2. Las Islitas, 3. Miramar, 4. Ofelia, and 5. El Llano.
15.95

C1725: 8 More Original Jazz Duos for Clarinet and Bass Clarinet by Mike Curtis. MSS Publishing, 1993, SB, 31 pages (score format). These duets are in a variety of styles including swing, Latin, blues, etc. There are a few notes in the bass clarinet's extended range, but they won't be a problem for those that don't own one. Upper intermediate level and up.
14.95
C2024: Andante and Allegro for Bass Clarinet and Piano by Yvonne Desportes. Southern Music Co., 1939, SS, 8 + 2 pages. Yvonne Desportes (1907-1993) was a French writer and composer. She composed over five hundred works, including opera, symphonies, ballets, concertos, chamber music, and vocal and solo instrumental music. Above the title of this music is printed, "For the National School Music Competition - Festivals." It begins with an Andante espressivo section which is immediately followed by the Allegro. Suitable for better high school bass clarinetists. Click on the cover image to view the score at the start of the Allegro.
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5.95
C1413: Romanze Bass Clarinet and Piano by Friedrich Diethe. Metropolis Music, 1999, SS, 6 + 2 pages. Begins with an Andante moderato (quasi Recit.) section which is followed by the Adagio Romanze in 3/4 time. Better high school bass clarinets should be able to handle this piece which would be good for festival use. (I also found it on a UK repertoire listed as their grade 6).
Scawfell - Sarah Watts
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15.95
C1740: Masterworks Solos 17th and 18th Centuries arranged for Bass Clarinet and Piano by Ronald C. Dishinger. Medici Music Press, 2002, SS, 15 + 6 pages. Six compositions: Jeremiah Clarke Ayre (Song), John Barrett St. Catherine's Riguadon, Jean P. Rameau Tambourin from Pieces de Clavcin, Jean B. Lully Courante, George F. Handel Gavotte, and Fredrich W. Marpurg La Voltigeuse from Three Piano Pieces. The publisher rates this at (US) Grade 2-3. Almost entirely in the lower register.
13.75

C2051: Flowers of St. Francis (Five Scenes for Solo Bass Clarinet) by Daniel Dorff. Theodore Presser Co., 2013, SS, 10 pages. Inspired by a commissioned premiere at the International Clarinet Association's 2013 ClarinetFest in Assisi, Italy, and by his penchant for creating musical works depicting nature, composer and bass clarinetist Daniel Dorff has created a suite of five picturesque scenes of St. Francis of Assisi's commune with nature. Each movement is a dialog between St. Francis (represented by pure chantlike melody) and an element of nature (flowers, birds, an angry wolf, fish, starry skies), offering an opportunity to dramatically showcase the wide range of textures and contrasts available from the bass clarinet. Movements: I. The Flowers, Celebrated by St. Francis; II. St. Francis Preaching to the Birds; III. St. Francis Pacifying the Wolf; IV. St. Francis Preaching to the Fish; and V. The Starry Skies, Celebrated by St. Francis. For advanced performers. A low C instrument is required. The duration is about 14 minutes. Here is a performance of this piece (which starts at about 2:53). Click on the cover image to view a significant portion of the piece.
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11.95

C1040: Voltage Suite for Solo Bass Clarinet by Pierre Max Dubois. Billaudot, 1980, SS, 9 pages. Dedicated to Jean-Marc Volta. This is a relatively advanced work in five movements: II. Sarabande, II. Tango, III. Tambourin, IV. Chant, and V. Caprice. The overall duration is about 12 minutes. (The lowest note is a low E-flat.)
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18.95

C1548: Two Rags for B-flat Bass Clarinet and Piano by Brian Dykstra. InternationalOpus, 1998, SS, 14 + 4 pages. Two original rags. The Curly Maple Rag is mostly at a tempo of Moderato (mm=108) and is to be played in a swing style. The Lancashire Rag is in cut time marked Lively (mm=96-108). Early college level.
Excursions - Andrew Grenci, bass clarinet
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19.95
C1736: Sonata in G minor for Bass Clarinet and Piano by Henry Eccles transcribed by Norman A. Goldberg. Belwin Mills/Alfred, 1942, SS, 8 + 3 pages. Henry Eccles (1670-1742) was an English musician and composer. This work was originally for the violin but has been transcribed for many instruments. It begins with an introductory movement (to be played slowly), then Corrente-Allego con spirito, Adagio, and concludes with Vivace. The edition has a range from low E to C above the staff. The publisher rates it as a (US) grade 4.
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5.95
C629: Vier Lyrische Stücke (Four Lyrical Pieces) Op. 35d for Bass Clarinet (or Clarinet) and Piano by Heimo Erbse. Doblinger, 1981, SS, 19 + 5 pages. Erbse (1924-2005) was born and studied (flute, conducting, opera directing) in Germany, but moved to Austria in 1957. The four pieces are not named: I. Andantino (6/8), II. Allegretto (3/4), III. Lento (2/4), and IV. Allegro (various meters). College level.
32.95
C1414: Zebus Bass Clarinet and Piano by Johan Favoreel. Metropolis Music, 1997, SS, 5 + 2 pages. Johan Favoreel (1957-) is Belgian composer, arranger and music producer. The composer wrote, "Imagine the ancient heavy-weight Greek god 'Zebus' enjoying life sitting in the sun while eating and drinking wine. The idea of taking part in a hunting party excites him, but because he is so tired everything stays calm and nice. Life continues as it was." Adagio tempo. An early college level piece which ranges into the altissimo and offers ossia for the most challenging passage. Duration about 4:45.
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15.95

C810: Time and Motion Study I Bass Clarinet Solo by Brian Ferneyhough. C.F. Peters, 1977, SB, 6 double size pages. Brian Ferneyhough (1943-) is an English composer who has lived in California since 1987. He is typically considered to be the central figure of the New Complexity movement in music. The piece was written in the period 1971-77 and is dedicated to Harry Sparnaay. It is a very advanced work with a duration of 9 minutes. It includes a page explaining the notation. Here is a YouTube video which has a performance and shows the score. Click on the cover image to view the notes provided by the composer and the publisher.
32.50

WW270: Trionometry for Flute, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet and Piano by Richard Festinger. C.F. Peters, 1996, SS, includes parts and piano score. Richard Festinger (1948-) studied composition at the University of California in Berkeley with Andrew Imbrie. Before turning to composing, he led his own groups as a jazz performer. He has taught at the University of California in Berkeley and Davis, Dartmouth College, and since 1990 at San Francisco State University. Written in 1996. In three movements: I. A la breve/Vivace, II. Andantino, and III. Allegro. An advanced work with a duration of about 15 minutes. The first and last movements are for bass clarinet with some notes in the extended range.

"Richard Festinger's Trionometry was simply breathtaking... This technically demanding tour de force begins with a delicate exposition which... eventually explodes into a contrapuntal argument of grandiose proportions... like a multi-stage rocket that - ignoring gravity - traverses the earth's atmosphere. Bravo!" - Twentieth Century Music 
37.50
C627: Ballade Op. 23 for Bass Clarinet (or Clarinet) and Piano by Wolfgang Gabriel. Doblinger, 1980, SS, 22 + 12 pages. The work by Austrian composer and conductor Wolfgang Gabriel (1930-) was completed in 1974 for Josef Horák, bass clarinet, and Emma Kovarnová, piano. It is in three movements: I. Praeludium (Allegro Molto), II. Carmen (Lento), and III. Hymnus. College level.
47.95
C852: Adagio and Allegro transcribed for Bass Clarinet and Piano by Johann Ernst Galliard transcribed by Lyle Merriman. Southern Music, 1966, 7 + 2 pages. Johann Ernst Galliard (1687-1749) was a German composer who also played the oboe (notably for Handel in England). The Adagio is from his Sonata No. III and the Allegro from his Sonata No. V (presumably for bassoon, originally). The publisher rates this as (US) grade 3 (of 6). Suggested for high school festival use.
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10.95
C907: Sonate for Bass Clarinet (Solo) by Harald Genzmer. C.F. Peters, 1990, SS, 9 pages. An advanced work for solo bass clarinet. An extended range instrument is preferred as this piece includes several low Ds. In three movements: I. Moderato, II. Presto (sempre marcato), and III. Intermezzo (Tranquillo). Duration is about 10:30.
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40.50
C1686: Pastorale and Bourrée for Bass Clarinet and Piano by Edward German transcribed by Himie Voxman. Rubank, 1962, SS, 11 + 3 pages. A popular bass clarinet work for solo and ensemble festivals. The Pastorale is marked Andantino/Piu moto and the Bourree is Allegretto. Mostly in the lower register, this is probably most suitable for students with about 3 years playing experience.
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4.95
C1954: Voix Instrumentalisée for Bass Clarinet (Solo) by Vinko Globokar. C.F. Peters, 1975, 5 pages. Vinko Globokar (1934-) is a French avant-garde composer and trombonist of Slovenian descent. His work is noted for its use of unconventional and extended techniques. In Voix Instrumentalisée, Globokar asks the bass clarinet player to learn a couple of new techniques to play the instrument. The mouthpiece is removed and not used at all. Instead, the performer has to sing, speak and blow into the bass clarinet while changing the fingering and adding special effects with the voice and the keyclick sounds. Here is a web site with an explanation and a track that can be downloaded. There are at least two performances on YouTube.
37.75

V029: Neue Liebe, Neues Leben for Soprano Voice and Bass Clarinet. Music by Hans Martin Gräbner on a text of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Hofmeister, 1998, SS, 8 pages in score format. There are three pieces. The titles are: Nähe des Geliebten (Nearness of the Beloved One); Neue Liebe, neues Leben (New Love, New Life); and An den Schlaf (To Sleep). Early college level.
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13.95
C626: Monologue 13, Configurations for Bass Clarinet by Eugene Hartzell. Doblinger, 1983, SS, 4 pages. Eugene Hartzell (1932-2000) was born and studied in the United States (through a MM at Yale) but spent most of the rest of his life in Austria. He studied with Hans Erich Apostel, a pupil of Arnold Schönberg and Alban Berg. Written in 1980, this piece for solo bass clarinet has "with Harry Sparnaay in mind" printed above the title. An advanced piece, much of it without bar lines and with lots of altissimo.
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C1476: (T)raum-Ze(n)it, Dialog for 2 Bass Clarinets by David Philip Hefti. Kunzelmann, 2008, SS, 4 pages (two copies in score format). (T)raum-Ze(n)it was composed in 2008 on a commission from the Stump-Linshalm Duo, and is dedicated to Petra Stump and Heinz-Peter Linshalm. "Space and time ('Raum' and 'Zeit') surely belong amongst the most often-discussed concepts of all. In his Transcendental Aesthetics, Immanuel Kant explains that space and time are prerequisites of the sensory imagination. In Relativity Theory, 'space-time' means the combination of the three spatial dimensions together with time as the fourth coordinate, in order to create a four-dimensional space. And in our dreams (singular: 'Traum'), time and space melt to form ambiguous, often surreal images..." An advanced piece using contemporary techniques such microtonality, multiphonics (fingerings given), articulations, glissando, tremolo, etc. Duration about 3 minutes.
18.95
C1456: Sonate for Bass Clarinet (or Violoncello) and Piano Op. 23 by Stefan Heucke. Schott, 2005, SS, 31 + 9 pages (includes both bass clarinet and cello parts). Stefan Heucke (1959-) is a German composer of contemporary music. This piece is dedicated to Henri Bok who gave the first performance in 1996. This is a challenging piece which calls for a range from the high altissimo to the bottom of a low C instrument, one repeated multiphonic, and some other extended techniques. In three movements: I. Ballade, II. Variationen, and III. Elegie. Duration about 23 minutes.
Music for Bass Clarinet and Piano - Heni Bok

27.95

C1811: Rrrrrrr ... Five Jazz Pieces for Clarinet (Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone) Violin and Piano by Mauricio Kagel. C.F. Peters, 1992, SS, includes parts and piano score. Mauricio Kagel (1931-2008) was born in Argentina into a Russian-Jewish family. He moved to Germany in 1957. This was written in 1981/82. Rrrrrrr ... consists of 41 pieces (all beginning with the letter "R"). This is the cycle of 5 jazz pieces: 1. Rackett, very fast, inspired by the Baroque instrument of that name (BsCl and Pn); 2. Rrrrrrr - Bop,  A slow swing (Cl, Vn and Pn); 3. Reeds, fast, (ASx & Pn); 4. Rrrrrrr: Old/New Freely (Vn or Cl); 5. Riff, slow rubato (BsCl, Vn & Pn). A low C bass clarinet is called for. College level with a duration of about 8:20.
47.95
C1722: Schattenklänge, Three Pieces for Bass Clarinet by Mauricio Kagel. Henry Litolff's Verlag/C.F. Peters, 1997, SS, 13 pages. The title of this piece can be literally translated as "Shade sounds" although "Shadow sounds" may be closer to the intended meaning. Kagel was interested in the theatrical side of music performance and this piece is an example. While it may be performed in a normal manner, the composer has provided directions for performing it behind a screen with five spotlights which produce various shadow effects on the screen as the performer moves around. The music includes complete instructions and some photos of the results. There is more information on the performance of this piece in Harry Sparnaay's book, The Bass Clarinet. An advanced work requiring an extended range instrument with a duration of 11 minutes.
30.50
C911: Improvisation on 'Lines Where Beauty Lingers' for Solo Bass Clarinet by M. William Karlins. Tritone Press, 2004, SS, 4 pages. This piece by American composer Karlins (1932-) is based on the jazz composition Lines Where Beauty Lingers by Ron Thomas. It takes the form of a theme and variations, which in this case, are called improvisations. The composer has provided performance notes. An advanced work that includes some notes in the extended lower range and a small amount of altissimo. Duration about 8 minutes.
The Louisville Project - Richard Nunemaker
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8.95
C2125: Sabre Dance (Danse du Sabre) by Aram Khatchatourian arranged for clarinet quartet by Florent Héau. Billaudot, 2014, SS, includes parts and score. For clarinet quartet (E-flat, B-flat and 2 bass clarinets). Sabre Dance might be Khatchaturian most popular piece. It is from the ballet Gayaneh, Act IV. Duration is about 2:30. This piece is rated as an 8 on the publisher's 9 point difficulty scale, but I don't believe it is that difficult. The lowest bass clarinet note is an E. Normally  we don't list clarinet quartets on this page but since this arrangement uses two bass clarinets it is worth a special listing. Click on the cover image to view the first page of the score.
24.95

C1975: Fantasy Sonata Op. 208 Bass Clarinet and Piano by Michael Kibbe. Woodwindiana, 2012, SB/SS, 23 + 8 pages. This is a sectional, college level piece with a duration of 10:22. There is only one note in the piece below E-flat. Here is a video of the premier.
17.95

C1610: Night Music Op. 175 Bass Clarinet and Piano by Michael Kibbe. Woodwindiana, 2010, SS, 12 + 4 pages. The composer wrote, "I had no idea that my bass clarinet Sonata OP. 40 would be so popular with performers. In response, I wrote the Night Music Op. 175 which is in a single movement and quotes (in a somewhat veiled manner) other more famous nocturnes. Let the listener discover what they are!" This five section (US) grade 5 mood piece, ranges from calm to energetic in a variety of textures and rhythmic interplay with the piano. At 5 minutes in length and with its conservative/contemporary harmonies, it can add contrast to a bass clarinet recital.
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12.95

C1158: Pink Flamingos Tango for Clarinet and Bass Clarinet (or Bassoon) by Michael Kibbe. Michael Kibbe, 2006, (includes all parts). Originally written for wind quintet, the composer has adapted this piece for two players. At an Allegro sensuoso tempo, this should be playable by good high school/adult amateur performers and beyond.
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11.95
WW142: Sonata Op. 40 for Bass Clarinet (or Bassoon) and Piano by Michael Kibbe. Stretto Music, SB, 24 + 7 pages. This piece was composed in 1977-78 (and revised in 2005) and is in a very straight forward Neoclassical style in three contrasting movements with an emphasis on clarity of form and of melodic ideas. It was inspired by the numerous instrumental sonatas of Hindemith. The movements are: I. Allegro deciso, II. Andante tranquillo, and III. Allegro vivo. College level with a duration of about 9:30.
BASSics - Heni Bok
15.95
C1376: Prozession for Bass Clarinet and Organ by Norbert Linke. Hofmeister, 1999, SS, 9 + 2 pages. Norbert Linke (1933-1977)  is a German composer and musicologist. We are somewhat puzzled by this piece. It has been published for a number of instruments in the lower range (trombone, bassoon, horn, etc.). It is not difficult (the organ part as well) and does not appear to be church music. We await reports. What looks like two multiphonics are probably double stops from the cello version. Alternate notes are provided. Click on the cover image to view the first page of the bass clarinet part.
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15.95

WW237: Trio for Clarinet (Violin), Bassoon (Viola/Bass Clarinet/Basset Horn) and Piano by Charles Harford Lloyd. Rosewood Publications, 1997, SB, (includes piano score and all parts). Charles Harford Lloyd (1864-1919) was a celebrated organist and music professor who also did some composing. Although most successful as a choral composer, he wrote a few other works including this one and a Duo Concertante for clarinet and piano. In three movements: I. Allegro con brio, II Andante espressivo, and III. Allegro moderato. (Early) college level. A low C bass clarinet would be desirable for that version but is not required. 
31.95

C1886: Chips Off the Ol'Block for Solo Bass Clarinet by Eric P. Mandat. Cirrus Music, 1999, SB, 9 pages (plus notes). The composer wrote, "The premise behind this piece is quite simple: a little motive is introduced and begins to develop, but suddenly the development is either interrupted by or morphs into a new motive. After all of the motives have had their solo moments, they begin to coalesce into one 'super motive,' at first retaining their original rhythmic and dynamic characteristics, but eventually dissolving in to a fiery cauldron of reckless abandon." This is an advanced piece using fractional tones (fingering given), some multiphonics produced by overblowing, and flutter tonguing.. A low C bass clarinet is needed.
Black Swirls - Eric P. Mandat
14.95

C1860: Sonata in A Minor for Bass Clarinet or Contrabass Clarinet in B-flat and Piano by Benedetto Marcello transcribed and edited by David L. Hite. Southern Music Co., 1964, SS 6 + 2 pages. Benedetto Marcello (1686-1739) was an Italian composer, writer, lawyer, magistrate, and teacher. In three movements: I. Adagio/Allegro, II. Largo, and III. Allegro. There are a couple of low Ds in the first movement with the note up an octave also given. The editor has provided suggested tempo markings and some performance notes. Publisher's (US) grade 3 (certainly on the upper end) with a duration of 5:30. 
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5.95

C1611: Introduction and Joropo Solo Bass Clarinet by Jorge Montilla. Woodwindiana, 2010, SS, 3 pages. This piece was originally written for bassoonist Jeffrey Lyman at Arizona State University. The Joropo is a musical style resembling the waltz, having both African and European influences. It is the fundamental musical genre which identifies Venezuelans and it has been that country's national dance since 1882. College level and requires a low C bass clarinet.
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10.95
C628: Sonatine for Bass Clarinet or Clarinet and Piano by Manfred J. M. Nedbal. Doblinger, 1971, SS, 14 + 4 pages. Nedbal (1902-1977) was an Austrian cellist. music critic, and composer. This work was also written for Josef Horák, bass clarinet, and Emma Kovarnová, piano. It is in three movements: I. Allegro deciso, II. Adagio, and III. Presto. Early college level.
24.95
C1676: Un Seul for (Solo) Clarinet or Bass Clarinet by Kalmen Opperman. Carl Fischer, 2000, 2 pages. This piece was written in 1998 and is dedicated to Richard Stoltzman. It is marked Adagio (freely) and has a cadenza near the end. Most of this piece is relatively easy because of the slow tempo, however the cadenza is marked rapido, is noted in 32nd notes and ends on an altissimo A.
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4.95
C1711: Spiegel im Spiegel for Clarinet (or Bass Clarinet) and Piano by Arvo Pärt. Universal Edition, 1978, SS 8 + 1 pages (includes part for either B-flat or C clarinet). This piece was written by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt in 1978, originally for violin and piano. The piece is in the tintinnabular style created by Pärt in which the "tintinnabular voice" (the piano) arpeggiates the tonic triad and the second voice (clarinet) moves diatonically in stepwise motion. The title means mirror in the mirror. The piece is musically minimal, yet produces a serene tranquility. The clarinet part is very easy (it looks like an ensemble warm up exercise) and the main issue in the piano part is concentration. It is about ten minutes long. Here is a version with clarinet on YouTube and another with a slower tempo. Both of these have dynamics (there aren't any in the music).
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14.95
C1085: Romanza for Bass Clarinet and Piano by Bartolomé Pérez Casas edited by Pedro Rubio. Bassus Ediciones Musicales, 2007, SS, 4 + 1 pages. Bartolomé Pérez Casas (1873-1956) was the conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Madrid as well as a composer, educator, and clarinetist. Originally for cello this short piece was written in 1917. In 3/4 time and Andantino tempo, it opens and closes with lyrical cantabile sections which frame the middle section of arpeggio figures. Alternatives are provided for the four measures that dip into the extended range. This piece is temporarily out of print. We don't know when it will be available again.
B. Pérez Casas Works for Clarinet and Piano - Rubio
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C791: Solipse I for Bass Clarinet and Piano by Jean-Louis Petit. International Music Diffusion, 2000, SS, 20 + 7 pages. Jean-Louis Petit (1937-) is a French conductor and composer whose teachers included Olivier Messiaen and Pierre Boulez. Dedicated to Rocco Parisi. This is an advanced contemporary piece in three movements (presumably fast/slow/fast) although only the middle movement has tempo markings (Adagio non troppo). The duration is 13:25.
26.95
C1615: Figarello's Morningsong Clarinet Duet for B-flat Soprano and Bass Clarinet by Alfred Prinz. Woodwindiana, 2008, SS, 7 pages (score format). This 3:30 minute spoof of music from the Marriage of Figaro presents several of the well-known melodies in a funny and surprising juxtaposition. Guaranteed to make your audience chuckle. College level.
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C439: Meeting Duo for B-flat Clarinet and Bass Clarinet by Alfred Prinz. Woodwindiana, 1999, SS, 11 pages (score format). Written for and premiered by Ricardo Morales and Howard Klug, this three-movement, highly-contrasting duet is an equal challenge for both players. About 7 minutes.
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C438: Nachtstück (Night Piece) for Bass Clarinet and Piano by Alfred Prinz. Woodwindiana, 1999, SS, 11 + 9 pages. Premiered by Howard Klug in 1996, this single-movement piece illustrates great rhythmic interplay between the two instruments and high contrast of musical moods. Five and one-half minutes in duration.
Élégie - Howard Klug
10.95
C1063: Sonata for Bass Clarinet and Piano by Alfred Prinz. Woodwindiana, 2002, SS, 33 + 9 pages. Dedicated to Howard Klug and premiered by him in Vienna in 2002. This is an advanced work that calls for a low C bass clarinet. In four movements: I. Moderato, molto ritmico; II. Allegretto con grazia; III. Largo, molto liberamente (there are no bar lines in this movement--the piano plays sustained chords); and IV. Allegro molto moderato.
14.95

C415: Lyrical Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra (Piano Reduction) by Simon Proctor. Southern Music Company, 2004, SS, 32 + 7 pages. The piece is for extended range bass clarinet (although the only note in the extended range is D and there are no low E-flats.) Also includes an optional part for Medieval Cupped Bells which can also be played on Tubular Bells (Chimes) or Bells (Glockenspiel). Originally written for the serpent, this cheerful and melodious piece is especially well-suited for performance on other instruments that occupy the same tonal region including the bass clarinet.
17.50
C1415: Lied Bass Clarinet and Piano by François Rasse. Metropolis Music, 1921, SS, 4 + 2 pages. François Rasse (1873-1955) was a Belgian composer and music educator. Henri Bok believes that this may have been the first published work written for bass clarinet and piano. It begins with an Andante molto espressivo introduction, followed by a faster ben cantando tempo, and returns to the original tempo near the end. This piece has a conservative range and is not difficult. (Duration 2:35)
BASSics - Heni Bok
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15.95
C1912: Guaracha for Bass Clarinet and Piano by Alfred Reed. E.B. Marks Music, 1966, SS, 4 + 2 pages. The direct source of this piece is the composer's Five Dances for Five Clarinets (the other three pieces are here), but the melody will be familiar to any clarinetists who have performed Reed's Second Suite for Band. The Guaracha is a Spanish dance. The tempo is Moderately, not too fast, but it is in cut time at half note = 88. Upper intermediate level. Includes some performance notes. Duration is 1:40.
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18.95
C1913: Afro for Contrabass Clarinet in E-flat or B-flat and Piano by Alfred Reed. E.B. Marks Music, 1966, SS, 5 + 1 pages. This is from the composer's Five Dances for Five Clarinets. This piece is marked Pesante and is meant to represent things African. The publisher has marked this as grade III and it includes a cadenza. Range to low E-flat. Includes some performance notes. Duration is 4:15.
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20.25
C1600: Trio Sonata for Viola, Bass Clarinet and Piano by Alan Richardson edited by John White. Comus Edition, 2000, SS, (includes parts and piano score). Alan Richardson (1904-1978) was a Scottish born composer and pianist who studied at Royal College of Music and was a professor of piano there from 1960 until his death. This piece was completed in June 1973 and was premiered by the Stadler Trio in 1974. Described by the publisher as "A short three movement work with some interesting sonorities." The three movements are: 1. Allegro energico, 2. Andante con moto, 3. Vivace. College level with a duration of 11 minutes.
19.95
C1719: Sonatina for Contrabass Clarinet (in E-flat) and Piano by William Schmidt. Western International Music, 1977, SS, 12 + 4 pages. In three movements in a fast/slow/fast form. While not that difficult musically, it does include trills, glissandos, and some sixteenth notes that will require some facility on the instrument. The publisher rates this at (US) grade 3 and it is on festival lists for IN, NY, OH, and TX
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C1164: Weird Little Pieces for Bass Clarinet Solo by Gary Schocker. Woodwindiana, 2006, SB, 5 pages. Noted flutist/composer/pianist Gary Schocker has been a frequent participant in the 1993 International Clarinet Association composition contest. This piece was written in 1998 and finished in the top three at ClarinetFest '99 in Ostend, Belgium. In five movements: I. Easygoing, II. Folksong, III. Fast, IV Sad Story, and V. Nose-Thumbing. This piece has a few notes in the extended range. Early college level.
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11.95
C1455: Sonate Op. 41 for Bass Clarinet and Piano by Othmar Schoeck. Breitkopf, SS, 25 + 8 pages. Othmar Schoeck (1886-1957) was a Swiss composer and conductor. The CD lists the date of this sonata as 1928 which makes it an early work for the bass clarinet as a solo instrument. In three movements: I. Gemessen, II. Bewegt, and III. (attacca from movement II and faster at the end). There are a few low Ds. College level with a duration of 13:45. Here is a video.
Music for Bass Clarinet and Piano - Heni Bok
36.95
C1888: Duo Sonata for Clarinet and Bass Clarinet by Gunther Schuller. Associated Music Publishers, 1976, SS, 12 pages (two copies in score format). This is a college level work in three movements: I. Adagio (6/8 with some 3/4, eighth note at 84), II. (2/4, quarter note = 60), III. Allegro (2/4, quarter note = 92-96). Both parts are challenging. The bass clarinet is mostly in the clarion and altissimo registers.
17.95
C784: Adagio and Allegro Op. 70 for Bass Clarinet or Clarinet and Piano by Robert Schumann transcribed by Jean-Marc Volta. International Music Diffusion, 2002, 16 + 4 pages. This piece, written in 1849, was originally for horn or violin or cello and piano. The Adagio is Langsam mit innigem Ausdruck while the Allegro is Rasch und feurig (Allegro con brio). For a clarinetist it rates as an advanced high school level piece. However for the bass clarinet, the range up to altissimo F and other technical demands place it at the early college level. Duration is approximately 9 minutes.
26.95
C775: Fünf Stücke im Volkston Op. 102 for Bass Clarinet or Clarinet and Piano by Robert Schumann transcribed by Jean-Marc Volta. International Music Diffusion, 2002, 24 + 9 pages. These are pieces in the "popular" style and were originally for cello and piano. They are I. Vanitas vanitatum (Mit Humor), II. Langsam, III. Nicht schnell mit viel Ton zu spielen, IV. Nick zu rasch, and V. Stark und markiert. College level with a duration of about 16 minutes.
27.95
C781: As If for Bass Clarinet and Piano by Patrice Sciortino. International Music Diffusion, 1992, SS, 14 + 4 pages. Patrice Sciortino (1922-) is a French composer and music educator. Dedicated to Jean-Marc Volta. An advanced piece that includes mixed meter, flutter and slap tonguing. Tight ensemble with piano is required in many places. This would be a real show stopper for a graduate or professional recital. 
19.95
C780: As If for Bass Clarinet, Vibraphone and Marimba by Patrice Sciortino. International Music Diffusion, 1998, SS, includes all parts and score. Another version of the piece above which would probably be even more impressive in performance than the piano edition.
24.95
C1990: Calamus, Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Instrumental Ensemble (Piano Reduction) by Patrice Sciortino. Billaudot, 1990, SS, 24 + 9 pages. Dedicated to Jean-Marc Volta. This is an advanced work which requires a low C bass clarinet. In three movements. The first movement begins with a cadenza. Here is an audio file of the beginning with the instrumental ensemble. Click on the cover image to view the first page of the score.
35.95
C774: Le Semainier for Bass Clarinet and Piano by Patrice Sciortino. International Music Diffusion, 1994, SS, 4 + 7 pages. Note: the bass clarinet part is mostly in bass clef and the piano accompaniment is only for the last of the seven movements, which are: Lune, Mars, Mercure, Jupiter, Venus, Saturne, and Soleil. This is a challenging contemporary piece although it does not employ extended techniques other than flutter and slap tonguing.
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C795: Sore for clarinet and bass clarinet duet by Patrice Sciortino. International Music Diffusion, 1992, SS, 12 pages with two copies of the parts in score format. This advanced duet dedicated to Jean Mark Volta would be perfect for a graduate recital. Features some high altissimo in the both parts and notes in the extended range for the bass clarinet.
19.95
C1538: Légende et Divertissement for Bass Clarinet and Piano by Jules Semler-Collery. S.E.M.I), 1953, 8 + 2 pages. A number of customers have asked about this piece and we were able to track it down and get the distributor to import it. It is clearly a reproduction of the original 1953 edition. Jules Semler-Collery (1902-1988) was a French composer, conductor and music educator. Legend is at a slow tempo (mm=52) and opens with a cadenza followed by Assai Moderato. Divertissement begins Pas trop vite mm=138 which alternates with a slower tempo of mm=100. This is a college level piece with a duration of 6:30.
BASSics - Heni Bok
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C431: A Talk with the Unseen for Solo B-flat Clarinet or Solo Bass Clarinet by Sergiu Shapira. Woodwindiana, 2001. This work won the Bass Clarinet Alone Composition Contest at the ICA ClarinetFest '99 in Belgium. Its Romanian born, Jerusalem based composer has woven a story about a search for a superior being into an attractive, and successful, programmatic presentation. Three movements: I. Questioning, II. Struggle, III. Resignation.  Includes notes on the composers and the composer's notes on the piece. About 10 minutes in length.
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9.95
C1032: Tres Pensamientos for Bass Clarinet and Percussion by Roberto Sierra. Subito Music, 2000, SS, 8 pages (two parts in score format). This is a challenging work for bass clarinet and percussion. It is in three movements: I Con precisión ritmica (with bongos and congas), II. Sensual con momentos de violencia (with sizzle cymbal, guiro, 2 cencerros, and wood block), III. Contante (with cencerros and congas). Duration about 3 minutes.
Roberto Sierra: Clarinet Works - Rick Faria
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12.95
C1859: Argoru V/a for Bass Clarinet Solo by Alvin Singleton edited by David Keberle. Schott, 2009, SS, 9 pages. Alvin Singleton (1940-) is an American composer who studied and worked in Europe for many years. His work has been influenced by jazz and this piece is a good example. The original version was composed for Harry Sparnaay and premiered by him in 1984. The first two sections of the piece are marked "Blues-like" and "Lively, Swing." It includes slap tonguing, two multiphonics (with fingerings) and altissimo but nothing below a low E-flat. An advanced work.
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15.95
C2147: Old Shoes Op. 54 Duets for Clarinet and Bass Clarinet by Don Stewart. Trillenium Music, 2013, SS, 13 pages. This work is in score format (2 copies) which some extra pages included to avoid page turns. This work was originally for clarinet and bassoon. The soprano clarinet part has the bassoon part on the second staff. Four pieces: 1. Some Blues, 2. After Mose (a down-south funk), 3. Waltz, and 4. After Cole (Porter, in the style of Billy May both a show-tune and a bop). College level. Click on the cover image to view a sample page.
39.95
S629: Elegie for Tenor Saxophone or Clarinet and Piano by Alec Templeton. Emerson Edition, SS, 6 + 2 pages. Alec Templeton (1909-1963) was born in Wales and although blind from birth, studied piano and composition at the Royal College of Music in London. He moved to the United States in 1935 and was very successful as a pianist and entertainer. This piece was written in 1939. It has been described as displaying an enfolding calm and as a gentle lyrical piece. Marked Maestoso (mm=60), it has some rhapsodic elements and two short passages marked quasi cadenza. We note that this is in Emma Johnson's repertiore on clarinet and Howard Klug has recorded it on bass clarinet (we carry the CD). Duration about 5:50.
Élégie - Howard Klug
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12.95
C1457: Nieuw Werk for Bass Clarinet and Piano by Paul Termos. Donemus, 1978, SS, 14 + 4 pages. Paul Termos (1952-2003) was a Dutch composer and saxophone player. "His music is akin to that of Louis Andriessen and sounds like a mix between American minimal music and Igor Stravinsky." An advanced work for bass clarinet and piano. It is at a tempo of quarter note = 76 (the parts include 32nd notes) and in mixed meter. The piano part is often only one (sometimes in unison with the bass clarinet) or two lines of music. Duration about 6:30 minutes. Here is a video.
Scawfell - Sarah Watts
26.95
C1766: A Gipsy for Ludo for Bass Clarinet and Accordion (Piano) by Leo Thys. Digital Music Print, SS, 2003, 10 + 4 pages. It is hard to find information on the composer but he appears to be a Belgian composer and accordionist. This is a sectional, college level piece with some mixed meter. The bass clarinet part ranges from low D to altissimo G. The accordion (piano) part has chord symbols throughout.
18.95
C1642: A Sketch for Bass Clarinet and Piano by Akira Toda. Metropolis Music Publishers, 2010, 12 + 3 pages. Akira Toda (1951-) is a Japanese conductor, composer and euphonium player. This work is in three sections: Andante, Allegro assai (followed by a cadenza), and again Allegro assai. Early college level and does not use the extended range. Click on the cover image to view the first 5 pages of the score.
19.95
C310: Wings for Solo Clarinet or Bass Clarinet by Joan Tower. Associated Music Publishers, 1983, 7 pages. A challenging contemporary work for clarinet. (This work does not include extended techniques.)
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9.50
C1765: Tyl Uylenspiegel for Bass Clarinet and Piano by Willy Van Dorsselaer. Digital Music Print, 2006, SS, 14 + 4 pages. A work in three movements inspired by Till Eulenspiegel, the trickster, best know to musicians through the tone poem by Richard Strauss. The movements are: I. Escarmouche (skirmish), II. Cabrioles (probably in its meaning of caper) and III. Espieglerie (a prank). The publisher rates this as intermediate. Probably suitable for a student in the first two years of high school. Click on the cover image to view the first page of the bass clarinet part.
16.95
C1061: Duet for Bass Clarinet and Piano Op. 121 by Jakob Vejslev. Warner/Chappell Music Denmark, 1998, SS, 9 + 2 pages. Danish composer Jakob Vejslev (1957-) began his musical career as a pop/rock guitarist but has evolved into a jazz guitarist and a composer. This piece requires a low C bass clarinet but is not especially difficult. The format is a bit unusual as the treble clef version of the bass clarinet part is in the score with the piano part and a separate bass clef part is bound in following it.
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19.95
C1062: Four Solos for Bass Clarinet Op. 97, 105, 106 & 107 by Jakob Vejslev. Warner/Chappell Music Denmark, 1998, SS, 23 pages. This set of pieces marks the beginning of Vejslev's compositions for bass clarinet. They were written for Dutch clarinetist Bert Chan (who is listed as a co-editor). The first and last solo use the extended bass clarinet range and are a bit more difficult than the other two (but should be easily playable by college bass clarinetists). An unusual feature of this collection is that all the pieces are presented in both treble and bass clef. 
25.95
C1951: Concerto in la mineur Bass Clarinet and Piano by Antonio Vivaldi adapted by Michel Bontoux. Billaudot, 2012, SS, 15 + 4 pages. This work was originally for bassoon, strings and harpsichord. It includes bass clarinet parts in both treble and bass clef. This is an advanced piece in three movements: Allegro molto, Andante molto, and Allegro. There is only one note in the extended range (a low D) so for all practical purposes it could be played on any bass clarinet. Click on the cover image to view the first page of the bass clarinet part.
27.95
C2017: From Here on Farther for Violin, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and Piano by Stephen Wolpe. Peer-Southern Concert Music, 1984/1993, SS, includes parts and piano score. Stefan Wolpe (1902-1972) was born, studied and began his career in Germany, but moved to Palestine in 1934 and to the United States in 1938. This work was written in 1969. This work is in three sections, each of which begins with the same material. The score includes notes on the piece and the editing. This an advanced work with a duration of about 6 minutes. Here is a link to a recording.
17.95
C1898: Ballad for Bass Clarinet and Piano by Heinz Joachim Zander. Simrock, 1993, SS, 19 + 7 pages. Heinz Zander (1920?24-2004) was a Germany composer. This is an advanced piece in three sections: Allegro, Andante (with a cadenza at the end), and Allegro. There are notes in the extended low range although it could probably be performed without an extended range instrument. However, what is most notable is the frequent use of the altissimo to the E an octave above the regular altissimo E. Click on the cover image to view the first page of the score.
Excursions - Andrew Grenci, bass clarinet
26.95


Music Collections (in order by title)
C418: 10 Solos for Concert and Contest for Bass Clarinet and Piano arranged by William E. Rhoads. Southern Music Co., 1968, SS, 50 + 16 pages. Ten solos based on studies by  S. Lee, Fiorillo, Capelle, C. Baermann, and original compositions by William Rhoads, himself.
17.95
B027: Five Suites for Solo Bassoon by J.S. Bach transcribed by Arthur Weisberg. LudwigMasters Publications, 2011, SS, 41 pages. This book contains the first five of Bach's Six Suites for Solo Cello, among the greatest music ever written for a solo instrument. (The sixth was not included because of extensive use of double stops and range issues.) The transcriber provides notes on tempos, grace notes, breaths, dynamics, vibrato, trills, and repeats. This book was originally published by Arthur Weisberg in 2002. It is now available in a new edition at less than half the price. Suggested for bass clarinetists who wish to work on bass clef. Many of the pieces are playable with a low e-flat instrument and virtually all with a low c bass clarinet.
14.95
C1480: Les Six Suites de J.S. Bach pour violoncelle seul transcribed for Bass Clarinet by Michel Bontoux. Fuzeau, 1985, SS, 50 pages. French bass clarinetist Michel Bontoux has transcribed all six of the Bach cello suites for bass clarinet. They are mostly in bass clef and a low C instrument would be helpful.
52.95
G212: Bach Suites for Cello Solo (BWV 1007-1012) by J.S. Bach. C.F. Peters, 43 pages. For those in search of a less expensive version of these suites we offer an edition for cello. If you don't mind the multiple stops, the bowing and fingering markings you can save some money. (You may want to ignore the sixth suite as Weisberg did, as it is full of tenor clef in addition to multiple stops.)
13.50
C189: Concert and Contest Collection for Bass Clarinet Bass Clarinet Part by Himie Voxman. Rubank, 1973, SS, 23 pages. This book contains 14 original and transcribed works for bass clarinet and piano. There are pieces here for second to fourth year students and possibly beyond. Alexandre Beon Andante from the Concerto in B-flat major, Clarence E. Hurrell Chincoteague, Leroy Ostransky Concertino in D minor, G.F. Handel Concerto No. 8 in B-flat, F.J. Haydn Divertissement B-flat, Jean-Baptiste Loeillet Largo & Allegro from Sonata I Op. 3 and Largo & Allegro Vivace from the Sonata in B-flat major, J.S. Bach Minuet & Gigue from Suite No. 1 for solo cello (unaccompanied) and Sarabande & Bourree from First French Suite, Richard H. Walthew Mosaic, Victor Voloschinov (Voloshinov) Patrol Russe, Serge Prokifieff  Romance & Troika from Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Richard Hervig Sonatina, and Two Russian Pieces: Vasily Kalinikoff  (Kalinnikov) Lament and Viktor Kossenko Scherzo.

C190: Concert and Contest Collection for Bass Clarinet Piano Accompaniment by Himie Voxman. Rubank, 1973, SS, 60 pages. Piano accompaniment to C189.

C189:
4.95

C190:
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C1068: Grands Opéras et Ballets for clarinet (bass clarinet) and piano arranged by Robert Fontaine. Billaudot, 2004, SS, 36 + 12 pages. Here is a collection of clarinet solos from operas and ballets arranged for clarinet and piano. It includes: Mozart La Clemence de Titus (Parto parto); Bellini Les Capulets et Les Montaigus (Act III, Scene 4); Donizetti Maria de Rudenz (Act II, Introduction) for bass clarinet or clarinet; Pacini Saffo (Act III, Largo); Verdi Ernani (Act III, Prelude) for bass clarinet or clarinet, Luisa Miller Overture, Les Vêpres Siciliennes, Act III, Scene 2, Ballet), and La Force du Destin (Act III, Scene 2); Berlioz Les Troyens (La prise de Troyes No. 6: Pantomime) for clarinet in A; Puccini Tosca (Act III, Scene 1) for clarinet in A; and Delibes Coppelia (First Tableau, No. 6) for clarinet in A.
27.95
S724: Play a Song of Christmas Tenor Saxophone/Bass Clarinet/Euphonium (treble clef) (Parts A & C) by Ruth L. Zimmerman. Theodore Presser Co., 1956/2011, SS, 21 pages. This is part of a set of books with 35 Christmas songs arranged in four parts. This book can also be used for solo, duet, or trio playing with the other volumes. Click on the cover image to view the table of contents. (Search for Zimmerman to see the other volumes we carry.)

PA039: Play a Song of Christmas CD-ROM by Ruth L. Zimmerman. Theodore Presser Co., 1956/2011. This CD-ROM includes  Piano accompaniments (mp3) and lyric sheets (pdf).
S724
7.95


PA039
7.95



Studies and Exercises (in order by title)
C140: 18 Selected Studies for Alto and Bass Clarinet edited by William E. Rhoads. Southern Music Co., 1963, SS, 27 pages. Etudes taken from the work of Lazurus, Rose, Demnitz, Rode, Baermann, Kietzer, Mazas, Muller, and Capelle. Major and minor keys from 4 flats to 4 sharps. Conservative range.
8.95
C141: 21 Foundation Studies for Alto and Bass Clarinet compiled and edited by William E. Rhoads. Southern Music Co., 1965, SS, 32 pages. Etudes taken from the work of Lee, Dotzauer, Buchler, Platti, Schroder, Merck, Kummer, Franchomme, and Duport (several of these have been identified as composers of cello etudes). Keys from 4 flats to 2 sharps. Conservative range.
14.50
C142: 35 Technical Studies for Alto or Bass Clarinet by William E. Rhoads. Southern Music Co., 1962, SS, 40 pages. A variety of useful exercises for low clarinets including studies on crossing the break, articulation, little fingers, chords, and in various keys.
11.95
C1090: Studies for Bass Clarinet Vol. I by Pedro Rubio. Musica Didactica, 2004, PB, 56 pages. The first book in this series has 25 studies from the 18th and 19th centuries arranged for low C bass clarinet (and can also be used for basset horn or basset clarinet). The emphasis in this book is on the lower register and especially the extended range, although alternatives are provided for the extended passages. This book is entirely in treble clef.
31.95
C1091: Studies for Bass Clarinet Vol. II by Pedro Rubio. Musica Didactica, 2006, PB, 83 pages. The principal aim of this book is the study of the German notation system for bass clarinet. This is explained along with the French notation system and the method used by Stravinsky. This book has 30 studies from the 18th and 19th centuries, arranged for low C bass clarinet (and also suggested for basset horn or contrabass clarinet). These exercises include both bass and treble clef (frequently alternating in some). Alternative notation is provided for low E-flat instruments.
33.95
C147: Advanced Studies from Julius Weissenborn Adapted for Alto and Bass Clarinets by William E. Rhoads. Southern Music Company, SS, 28 pages. Thirty-four studies adapted from Weissenborn bassoon studies. This book is being used for the Small Band Texas All-State auditions for all low clarinets.
10.95
C170: Bass Clarinet Scale Book by Martin Arnold. Aztecpress, Second Edition 2003, SB, 74 pages. This book was originally developed to assist those with a bass clarinet to low C gain proficiency in the extended range and in bass clef. The second edition, more than double in length, includes all of the original material and adds scales in treble clef for both low C and low E-flat instruments. It contains scales and chords of various types in all keys. It also includes technique exercises to develop fluency in the extended range. Click on the cover for more information from the author's web site.
21.95
C144: Etudes for Technical Facility for Alto and Bass Clarinet arranged and compiled by William E. Rhoads. Southern Music Co., 1965, SS, 24 pages. Twenty etudes for the student who has mastered the fundamentals of a correct embouchure and tone production and is now ready to attack the problem of moving the fingers quickly. In the keys of F, C, and G.
8.95
G065: Rhythmical Articulation (for bass clef instruments) by Pasquale Bona selected and transcribed by William D. Fitch. Carl Fischer, 1969, SS, 47 pages. The bass clef edition has Parts II and III from the original, 41 etudes. Useful for bassoon, trombone, cello, euphonium, tuba, and bass clarinetist's who want to work on bass clef.
12.50
C1769: Studi da Concerto Op. 26 by Ludwig Milde arranged for bass clarinet by Sauro Berti. MusiGramma, 2011, SB, 131 pages. These are the Milde bassoon studies Op. 26. The arranger has transposed many of them so they sound at the original pitch. While these are primarily in bass clef, tenor clef (which is used extensively in the original) is replaced by treble clef where appropriate. A few of the studies are marked for a bass clarinet without the extended range. Excellent for the serious bass clarinetist working on bass clef.
29.95
C1770: Venti Studi (20 Studies) for bass clarinet or basset horn by Sauro Berti. Edizioni Suvini Zerboni, 2007, SS, 47 pages. This work was written to provide study material at the college level which emphasizes various aspects of the bass clarinet and basset horn (including, of course, the extended range). Four of the studies are completely in bass clef and one has both bass and treble clef. The author's comments are in Italian and English.
29.95

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