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CLARINET DUETS - 2 Bb Clarinets
Air for the G String - J.S. Bach arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Duet

An ideal GCSE performance piece. String players don't run out of breath but clarinettists do, so feel no shame in omitting the second repeat. Only the briefest of guidance for dynamics is given as you can perform it differently every time. Be flexible in tempo and as expressive as possible. There are no separate parts - just play from the score.

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PDF icon Moderate - Grade 5 3m 39s
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The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Duet

Yes, it is hard to breathe, but it has been performed many times, and it is very satisfying to get through it! Both parts are fun to play but you might like to have a stiff drink ready - just don't drink it until afterwards.

This duet may be played from either score or separate parts and is also available as a Flute and Clarinet duet, for Clarinet Quartet and for Saxophone Sextet.

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PDF icon Moderate/Hard - Grade 7 3m 15s
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The Easy Winners - Scott Joplin arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Duet

The Easy Winners is my favourite Joplin Rag. It is entertaining for both players and agile in both parts. Play this with a smile on your face (well think it anyway - no discussions about embouchure here!). Available as a score or as separate parts.

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PDF icon Moderate - Grade 6 3m 23s
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The Entertainer - Scott Joplin arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Duet

The wonderfully wide range of the clarinet lends itself to the Joplin Rags. Performers are kept busy switching between bass line and melody. The leaping around adds an element of fun to the performers rendition. Grade 6 pupils should have no problem - it is good practice to 'pop' the odd top 'F', and the semiquaver bar will keep them amused. Available as a score or as separate parts.

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PDF icon Moderate - Grade 6 3m 02s
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Fanfare-ish - Alun Cook
Clarinet Duet - Antiphonal

A brash antiphonal fanfare for clarinets. Play from opposite sides of the stage. For the last few bars you might like to memorise and head towards each other and meet in the middle. May be played from either score or separate parts.

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PDF icon Moderate - Grade 6 1m 31s
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Fireworks Music - Rejouissance and Bourree - Handel arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Duet

This duet includes two of the most famous sections from the Royal Fireworks Music. Handel wrote his suite to accompany a celebratory firework display. Originally scored for a wind band which included an outrageous number of obes and bassoons, it may well have drowned out the fireworks! This duet may be played from either score or separate parts.

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PDF icon Moderate - Grade 6 3m 17s
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Flower Duet (from Lakme) - Delibes arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Duet

A very popular piece, thanks to its popularity with television advertisers, it is ideal for youngsters to play in school concerts and for examination performances. There are no parts - just play from the score. The Flower Duet is also available in a longer version for Clarinet Quartet and for Saxophone Quartet.

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PDF icon Moderate - Grade 5 2m 58s
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Four Duets from The Marriage of Figaro - Mozart arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Duet

Mozart on clarinets? Hard to beat! These arrangements from The Marriage of Figaro are equally challenging for both players, fun to play and good for the audience too! There are four duets, each available as a score or with separate parts.

Cherubino's Aria - Cherubino (a young servant) tells Susanna of the fever of his love for women - all women! "Is it pain or pleasure that fills me, and with feverish ecstasy thrills me"
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PDF icon Moderate - Grade 6 3m 14s
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Canzona - Voi, che sapete. A beautiful song of love, sung by Cherubino, who is a girl but playing the role of a boy, although sometimes dressed as a girl, but singing as if he/she were a boy - pure Panto!
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PDF icon Moderate - Grade 5 2m 23s
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Aria - Say Goodbye to "Play". It seems that the lustly young Cherubino is going to be sent off to join the army to dampen his ardour, so plenty of military overtones here.

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PDF icon Moderate - Grade 5 3m 49s
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Cavatina - Figaro sings of how he is keeping a close eye on the Count, who is trying to seduce Figaro's fiancée.
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PDF icon Moderate - Grade 5 3m 03s
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PURCHASE ALL 4 SETS AT A DISCOUNT

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March Mallow - Alun Cook
Clarinet Duet

A spritely, agile march. A good grade 5 standard. This may be played from either the score or from separate parts

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PDF icon Moderate - Grade 5/6 2m 35s
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Pieds-en-l'air - Peter Warlock arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Duet

Beautiful, serene, peaceful music with a dash of "Tabasco" harmonies. The original work is for String Orchestra but it transcribes well for a simple clarinet duet, and although lacking the rich harmonies of the full string ensemble, it is still very effective. There are no separate parts - just play from the score.

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PDF icon Moderate - Grade 5 2m 18s
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Solfeggietto - C.P.E. Bach arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Duet

With apologies to CPE Bach for yet another arrangement of his Solfegietto, this is difficult but great fun to play and students enjoy the challenge - but it is very hard (listen to my embarrassing attempt on the MP3 - see if you can do better!). It makes a great encore piece and, unless you are Eddie Daniels, it is much easier to play with two! The music may be played from either the score, or from individual parts if you prefer larger print.

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PDF icon Hard - Grade 8 1m 18s
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Spring in the Air - Alun Cook
Clarinet Duet

A bright, light, spritely duet, full of the joys of a Kentish Spring. A good grade 5 standard. The music may be played from either the score or from separate parts.

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PDF icon Moderate - Grade 5/6 1m 54s
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Two-Part Inventions - J.S.Bach arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Duet

Bach's two part inventions are beautiful examples of his genius, both mathematical and aesthetic, and some transcribe well for clarinets. These are free! Just print the PDF's

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Two-Part Invention No 1 PDF icon Moderate
Grade 5
Two-Part Invention No 4 PDF icon Moderate
Grade 6
Bb CLARINET with BASS CLARINET TOP
Mad Swans - Alun Cook
Clarinet Duet - Bb Clarinet and Bass Clarinet

A bit of fun for Bb Clarinet and Bass Clarinet featuring a number of swans from various sources. See if you can spot them all (search for Nikolay Inkizhinov for a great performance). The music may be played from either the score or from separate parts.

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PDF icon Moderate - Grade 6 2m 34s
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Ode to Passing Years - Alun Cook
Clarinet Duet - Bb Clarinet and Bass Clarinet

A challenging bit of fun for Bb Clarinet and Bass Clarinet, this set of variations will get your fingers moving and hopefully keep you amused detecting all the influences contained therein. The music may be played from either the score or from separate parts.

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PDF icon Hard 3m 34s
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Freaky Nightmares - Alun Cook
Clarinet Duet - Bb Clarinet and Bass Clarinet

A spooky duet for Bb Clarinet and Bass Clarinet. Had any bad dreams lately? Been chased down dark corridors? A theatrical performance could work well. Separate parts are available as the score is long and has no suitable page-turns.

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PDF icon Hard 3m 12s
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RoxyRolaCola - Alun Cook
Clarinet Duet - Bb Clarinet and Bass Clarinet

Energetic but cool! The origins of this score are as a saxophone duet but it has been rewritten and extended as a duet for Bass Clarinets and now in this version for the more accessible format of Bb Clarinet and Bass Clarinet. If you do have the luxury of two good bass clarinets I would thoroughly recommend trying that version to appreciate the full joy of the two instruments working together.

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PDF icon Moderately Hard 5m 43s
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BASS CLARINET DUETS TOP
RoxyRolaCola - Alun Cook
Duet for 2 Basses - (extending to low C)

Energetic but cool! Originally a saxophone duet but much extended to suit Bass Clarinets and with a substancial extra centre section. It is also available in a version for Bb Clarinet and Bass Clarinet.

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PDF icon Moderately hard 5m 43s
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RoxyDaisy - Alun Cook
Duet for 2 Basses - (extending to low C)

A nifty shuffle - the non-triplet quavers are swung but only just. Originally for Saxophones, RoxyDaisy is eminently suitable as a duet for Bass Clarinets and is challenging to get up to speed. It may be played from the score or separate parts.

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PDF icon Moderately hard 2m 00s
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VIOLIN AND BASS CLARINET TOP
Freaky Nightmares - Alun Cook
Duet - Violin and Bass Clarinet

A spooky duet for Violin and Bass Clarinet. Had any bad dreams lately? Been chased down dark corridors? A theatrical performance could work well. Separate parts are available as the score is long and has no page turns.

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PDF icon Hard 3m 12s
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CLARINET AND FLUTE DUETS TOP
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel arr. Alun Cook
Duet - Flute and Bb Clarinet

Instantly recognisable and great fun to play, but exhausting with breathing always a challenge. The score has four pages with no page turns, so you will need a page turner or 2 stands put together, or you can use the separate parts for Flute and Clarinet.

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PDF icon Hard 3m 04s
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FLUTE AND BASS CLARINET DUETS TOP
Mad Swans - Alun Cook
Duet - Flute and Bass Clarinet

Swans abound in this fun concoction. See if you can source them all and find out what happens in the end. Originally written for Clarinet and Bass Clarinet it has proved very popular, hence this version for Flute and Bass Clarinet and you can also find it for Flute and Bassoon on the Woodwind page. Separate parts are available or it can be played from the score.

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PDF icon Hard 2m 36s
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Ode to Passing Years - Alun Cook
Duet - Flute and Bass Clarinet

A challenging bit of fun for Flute and Bass Clarinet, this set of variations will get your fingers moving and hopefully keep you amused detecting all the influences contained therein. The score has four pages with no page turns, so you will need a page turner or 2 stands put together, or you can use the separate parts for Flute and Bass Clarinet.

This is also available for Flute and Bassoon or Clarinet and Bass Clarinet

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PDF icon Hard 3m 38s
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CLARINET AND BASSOON DUETS TOP
Ode to Passing Years - Alun Cook
Duet - Clarinet and Bassoon

A challenging bit of fun for Clarinet and Bassoon, this set of variations will get your fingers moving and hopefully keep you amused detecting all the influences contained therein. The music may be played from either the score or from separate parts.

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PDF icon Hard 3m 34s
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Mad Swans - Alun Cook
Duet - Clarinet and Bassoon

Swans abound in this fun concoction. See if you can source them all and find out what happens in the end. Originally written for Clarinet and Bass Clarinet it has proved very popular, hence this version with Bassoon. Separate parts are available or it can be played from the score.

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PDF icon Hard 2m 31s
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Freaky Nightmares! - Alun Cook
Duet - Clarinet and Bassoon

A spooky duet for Bb Clarinet and Bass Clarinet. Had any bad dreams lately? Been chased down dark corridors? A theatrical performance could work well. Separate parts are available as the score is long and has no page turns. Also available for Clarinet and Bass Clarinet, Violin and Bass Clarinet, and for Violin and Cello.

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PDF icon Hard 3m 14s
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