Ravel’s String Quartet In F Major. Clarinet Quartet. Saxophone
This was my first score completed, if you know the Quartet you'll understand
why it was chosen. For string players it is very difficult piece to
play let alone perform, so for clarinet players it is a very serious
challenge. It has been arranged for two Bb, alto and bass clarinets.
Similar in voicing to the string quartet. It is true to Ravel's score,
there has been no rearrangement of the parts. An extra page has been
added to the alto part page 11 because it was insanely difficult to
play with grace. The original version has been printed but the easier
page is enclosed with the score so that the alto player has a choice.
The original key of F Major has been kept for the clarinet parts, so
the quartet sounds in Eb. To change to the original sounding key would
have made the parts even harder hence the decision to write in F Major.
The idea of arranging the quartet was so that established performing
clarinet quartets could have the option of performing an arrangement
of a whole of a string quartet, because not many quartets of any composers
have been arranged or written for clarinets. Looking at the catalogues
there are not many pieces at all. This arrangement should address that
balance a little. It will know doubt be of interest to college and university
where student clarinet quartets have been formed. Also to the terrific
amateur quartets that their are around the world. It is not suitable
for beginner quartet as the parts can be seriously hard to play. They
will challenge serious players as it is.
To prove the accuracy of the arrangement the piece has been recorded
by Mark Buckingham and is available on CD. The arrangement, the performing
of all the parts, the recording of the parts and the mixing was achieved
by Mark. As you can imagine that task was immense. On the recording
there are a few weak areas and some occasional recording problems but
not often. What is obvious is how brilliant the quartet is for clarinet
players. To play a quartet all by yourself was a bit lonely and is very
hard to achieve the normal flow that a regularly practicing quartet
Since completing the original clarinet quartet the piece is now available
for Saxophone quartet, soprano, alto, tenor and baritone. A specific
arrangement of different instrumentation can be supplied. Please contact
UK Postage £35 Ravel's Clarinet Quartet
World Wide Postage non UK. £45 Clarinet Quartet
UK £35 Saxophone Quartet
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Schoenberg's Transfigured Night. Arranged For Clarinet Choir
The second MB Publication arrangement is Schoenberg's Transfigured
Night For String Orchestra arranged for Clarinet Choir. This was an
immense challenge. The piece has been arranged from the orchestral score
for Eb, 2x Bb, 2x Alto, 2x Bass and Contra Alto or Contra Bass Clarinets.
The piece is written in the original key of the string orchestra for
the clarinets. The piece is as true to the score as possible but rearrangements
has had to happen. Most clarinet players do not sound 2 or 3 notes together,
which is easy for strings (the CD Improvisations of Mark Buckingham,
Sacred Site Improvisations and the CDs of Improvised Trios and Quartets
will demonstrate the multiphonic as well all sorts of tonal possibilities
of the clarinet.(link) has been written out of the arrangement. The
last two pages of the sting piece are so difficult to play on the clarinet
that these have been technically simplified. The notes have remained
the same, as has the rhythm but the octaves in which the notes occur
have been altered. The aim of this arrangement is for serious clarinet
choirs everywhere. This piece is a real challenge, but hugely rewarding.
The arrangement like the Ravel has been recorded and is available as
a mp3 download (example on mp3 above). All the parts where played, recorded,
engineered and mixed by Mark Buckingham. This was done to prove the
accuracy of the score and its playability. It works. The low bass part
on this recording was the contra alto clarinet.
Schoenberg's Transfigured Night. Arranged For Clarinet Choir
Only 10 copies are available.
Contact me if you desire the score.
Click below for sample parts of the first page for the choir.
Permission form Universal Editions has been granted and the licence
fee paid. The cost of the score includes those fees. There will only
be 10 copies made available unless demand is sufficient to reprint,
so order ASAP to secure your score. £100 and includes conductor
Niclolo Paganini’s 24 Capricci For Violin Arranged For Solo
Clarinet And Solo Saxophone.
The Caprices have been carefully arranged and thoroughly checked, and
is as accurate to the original score as possible. Because the range
of the violin is so high many passages have been lowered by one sometimes
two octaves. Where ostinato passages occurred with large intervals these
have been narrowed to promote fluency. There has been hardly any note
changes other than those absolutely necessary. One note was an error
in the original score that many editors seemed to have missed. The Capricci
has not been compromised to produce this arrangement. They are very
difficult to perform but I have played every one to make sure they will
be an interesting and a useful addition to the clarinet repertoire.
The keys have not been altered from the original score. Paganini wrote
the Caprices as a challenge to violinists I have continued that tradition
for the clarinet
I have assumed that the range of performers who wish to use this arrangement
is capable of fluency to high A. It was found to be inadequate on some
of the caprices when the upper parts where lowered so the high notes
have stayed. Please contact email@example.com and I will produce a
lowered version for you.
On the web site you will find a 2nd clarinet accompaniment to some of
the caprices that had multiple parts for the violinist. Please download
and enjoy as a duet.
The arrangement is as true to Paganini’s score as is possible
for an accomplished clarinetist or Saxophonist to manage. They are very
Price £18 free UK post. World
Wide postage £25
Clarinet UK postage
Clarinet WW £25postage
Saxophone WW £25