Meri’s Musical Musings

A Basic Music Book List for Potential College/University Music Majors for Clarinet

Posted on: January 9, 2016

Galper Clarinet Method, Books 1 and 2 (go through especially the first one, particularly to make sure you know all the standard and alternate fingerings. These two books, and the next one have some studies that are on the RCM Level 1-6 lists)

Hite: Melodious and Progressive Studies, Book 1 (for clarinet students who need to develop their playing skills in tone, scale, and arpeggio patterns before tackling the ones further down)

Rose: 32 Studies for Clarinet

Rose: 40 Studies for Clarinet, Books 1 and 2 (can get this and the above as one publication)

Cavallini: 30 Caprices for Clarinet (for those who can play the hardest Rose 40 studies well)

Masterworks for Clarinet (contains several of the major works for clarinet that would meet the concerto and sonata requirements for most Canadian and some US schools for far less than these works would cost individually.)

Any of the following 20th century pieces, depending on your tastes, strengths and current level of playing (sonatas and sonatinas are generally not included, as the 20th century work is usually requested to be a fairly short work, under 5 min) This is not meant to be a complete list, but hopefully provides enough variety for most tastes:

  • Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes for Clarinet and Piano
  • Kenins: Divertimento
  • Glick: Suite Hebraique for Clarinet and Piano
  • Normand Lockwood: Revery and Dance
  • Malcolm Arnold: Fantasy for Clarinet (clarinet alone)
  • Malcolm Arnold: Sonatina
  • Carl Nielsen: Fantasistykke for Clarinet and Piano
  • Messaien: ‘Abyss of the Birds’ from Quartet for the End of Time (this is a chamber work, but this movement is for clarinet alone)
  • Milhaud: Scaramouche (any movement)
  • Reade: Suite from the Victorian Kitchen Garden
  • Stravinsky: Three Pieces (clarinet alone)
  • Alban Berg: Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano (any one or two)
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