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CLARINET Bb ENSEMBLE (More than 4)
Alongaline - Alun Cook
for 6 or more Bb Clarinets

Written for 6 or more Bb clarinets, this piece has fun with stereophonic effects. Performers should be spread across the stage and there is some improvisation and a little choreography to negotiate. Parts are of about Grade 6/7 standard providing players are confident. It's a great sound! Have a listen to the MP3 to hear a real clarinet performance

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PDF icon Moderate/Hard 6m 45s
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Spaced Out - Alun Cook
for 4 or more Bb Clarinets

Although listed in the quartet section, it was conceived for any number of Bb clarinets and its first performance was at a Summer Music School performed by 10, and since performed by larger ensembles. The tight ensemble sections are certainly harder with more players, but the free sections are excellent and you may wish to add extra repeats.

In minimalist style, this "quartet" is staged, involves some "choreography" and playing in free time - but don't let that put you off. Enjoyable to play and interesting and entertaining for the audience. Detailed performance instructions are included at the end of the score. The off-stage clarinet part is included at the back of the 1st Clarinet part.

Listen to the "live" MP3 performance or view a performance, which incorrectly uses a Bass Clarinet and some of the rhythms are inaccurate, but it does give a good idea of choreographic potential.

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PDF icon Moderate/Hard 5m 22s
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Ticked Off (Pacemaker) - Alun Cook
Clarinet Quartet - for 4 or more Bb Clarinets and Metronome

This is the same piece as "Pacemaker" but uses the metronome.

Conceived as a slightly tangential piece incorporating tone-changing and a metronome, but it is tonal and "audience-friendly". I have since re-written it so that it may be performed equally well without the metronome and renamed "Pacemaker". It is your choice! The sets of music are identical.

If you like being theatrical then use the metronome. Ideally use an old-fashioned, wooden, clockwork metronome, placed centrally and ceremonially on a stool in centre-stage and start before the performers go on stage (a stage-hand in a white coat or other costume, perhaps?). Performers should then walk on in sequence for their entries. The metronome will need to be loud enough for the performers to hear clearly. If you have a clockwork metronome, wind it up so that it lasts for the duration of the performance (about 5min 20secs) so that it runs down soon after the performers have finished. If you need to use an electronic metronome or an iPhone App, get a stage-hand (or performer) to carry it off-stage at the end of the performance (still "ticking"), ideally down a long corridor so that you hear it "ticking" further and further away for as long as possible.

Although the piece uses tone-changing (fingerings are marked) it is not hard to play - except, of course, that you need to be able to play in time to a metronome!!

Pacemaker (Ticked Off) - Alun Cook
Clarinet Quartet - for 4 or more Bb Clarinets

This is the same piece as "Ticked Off" but without the metronome.

Originally conceived as a slightly tangential piece incorporating tone-changing and a metronome I have since re-written it so that it may be performed equally well without the metronome and renamed "Pacemaker". It is your choice which you perform! The sets of music are identical.

Although the piece uses tone-changing (fingerings are marked) it is not hard to play. Careful counting is essential and although "Pacemaker" does not use a metronome, the parts still need to have metronomical control.

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PDF icon Moderate 5m 20s
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Recording of "Ticked Off" (with metronome)
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Dasher and Dancer (Reindeer Ramble) Alun Cook
for Clarinet Ensemble - 5 Bb Clarinets and Bass Clarinet
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A light hearted piece in a Christmas mood. Written for 5 clarinets and Bass Clarinet. The parts get easier as you go down the list. Parts 1,2,3 are about grade 5-6 standard, with part 4 being for grade 4 players and part 5 almost entirely lower register. This was written so that all my pupils in one school could join in, no matter what their standard, with the lower parts being doubled up. There is also a part for Jingles which adds a festive touch.

Dasher and Dancer is also available for Clarinet Choir and for Wind Band

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PDF icon Moderate 3m 38s
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A Winter's Tale - Alun Cook
Single Reed Ensemble - for 3 Bb Clarinets, 2 Alto Saxophones and Bass Clarinet
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Soothing music to lull your children to sleep, but like all good stories there are moments of intrigue and suspense. This is the original scoring for 3 Bb Clarinets, 2 Alto Saxophones and Bass Clarinet although I have it in mind to add words as a Christmas carol. The individual parts are not hard but they are quite independent at times. Listen to the MP3 to hear a performance.

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PDF icon Moderate 4m 54s
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