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CLARINET CHOIR
Brandenburg Concerto No 3 - Movement 1 - J.S.Bach arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minium scoring: 6 Bbs and 2 Basses
Full scoring: 3 Ebs (or Bbs), 3 Bbs, Alto (opt), 2 or 3 Basses with optional Contra Alto and Contra Bass

The Brandenburg Concertos are all delicious in their own ways and there is plenty for everyone in No 3 as in the original string score. Arranged for three clusters of instruments: 3 Ebs, 3 Bbs and 3 Basses with optional Contras, but with plenty of flexibility. The three Eb parts are covered by 3 Bb parts and are completely interchangeable depending on your availability of Eb players and their tuning and of their instruments! You have the choice of an Alto Clarinet or equivalent Bb (or Both). 2 Bass Clarinet parts are essential with the 3rd an option, and the Bb and Eb contra Alto and Bass parts are also optional. So a minimum of 6 Bbs and 2 Basses, with plenty of possibilities for larger ensembles

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Capriccio Espagnol Rimsky-Korsakov arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minium scoring: 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto and 1 Contra Bass

A famous piece with spectacular clarinet parts, here condensed down for Clarinet Choir for those brave enough to try. Some fast tonguing required and the occasional tricky key signature. The Eb part is covered by an extra Bb part and the Alto Clarinet part is covered by Clarinet 5. The 2nd Bass Clarinet is optional as are the contra parts. In addition, the Bb parts also have the final section transposed for Clarinet in A. This is to avoid a tricky key signature rather than for the added depth of tone. There is only one "Alborada" because of the keys and scoring of the original but it may be played again as a Movement 3 to retain the original structure .

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Carols of Old England Trad. arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass
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Many of the carols in this medley date from times well before their first publication and may come from the medieval period. Whereas we now associate Carols with Christmas, traditionally they were a popular form of song and dance devoted to a seasonal or ecclesiastical occasion, but the Church disapproved so the melodies became separated from the dance. For example the famous “Deck the Hall” was originally a Welsh carol celebrating the coming of spring and had decidedly secular words (bosums, blossums, blisses and kisses).

The parts are not too hard. The Eb part is covered by an extra Bb part and the Alto Clarinet part is covered by Clarinet 5. The 2nd Bass Clarinet is optional as are the contra parts.

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Christmas with the Merry Gentlemen? Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass
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"God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen", so why is the music so miserable? Tidings of comfort and joy about the birth of Jesus? They don't seem very pleased! Actually the medieval feel of the original make this one of my favourite carols and in this Fantasia on the theme, the Gentlemen end up a little more cheerful although they do have some stressful times along the way. The parts are not too hard although some agility is required in the Bb parts. The Eb part is covered by an extra Bb part and the Alto Clarinet part is covered by Clarinet 5. The 2nd Bass Clarinet is optional as are the contra parts.

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DahDup! Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 7 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 5 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

An onomatopoeic title for this interesting (I think) piece which blend intricate and gutsy rhythmic patterns with some more minimalist sections. I know that all sounds very “Psued's Corner” but you will understand when you listen to the piece. In minimalist style, there is scope for some choreography - feel free to try out your performance ideas.

The parts are not too hard. The Eb part is covered by an extra Bb part and the Alto Clarinet part is covered by Clarinet 6. The Contra parts are optional but obviously add depth.

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Damned Spiders Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 1 Bass, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

A menacing Tarantella which drives at a fast tempo and, although not technically difficult, the shear speed provides plenty of challenge for the performers and there are no "easy" parts. Originally written for wind quintet under the title "Don't Cry...". Eb clarinet is covered by a Bb part as is the Alto clarinet, so a minimum of 6 Bb clarinets and a Bass are required. Better still with 2 Bass Clarinets, and then add the Eb, Alto, and Contras if you can.

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Danse Macabre Saint-Saens arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 8 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets
Full scoring: 2 Eb, 5 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

A scary piece - especially if you don't like tonguing! At midnight on Halloween, the devil comes out to play - to play the clarinet on this occasion. Some of the high sections are tricky for the top parts but for the others the main challenge is the tonguing. This is arranged for quite a large ensemble - 2 Ebs (with alternative Bb parts provided), 5 Bbs, 1 Alto (with alternative Bb part), 2 Basses and optional Contra Alto and Contra Bass, so minimum requirements are 8 Bbs and 2 Basses (as on the MP3 file).

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Dasher and Dancer (Reindeer Ramble) - Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 5 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 2 Ebs, 5 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 1 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass, Sleigh Bells
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A light hearted piece for Christmas time but can be enjoyed at any time! Originally for a small clarinet ensemble (see Clarinets at Christmas), this version expands to give the extreme instruments a good crack of the whip (does Santa use a whip?). All the extra parts are optional so the core is 5 Bb Clarinets and Bass, with additional parts for two Ebs (and an equivalent Bb part), Alto Clarinet (or Cl 5), and parts for Contra Alto and Contra Bass. There is also a part for Jingles which adds a festive touch.

Also available for Wind Band and smaller clarinet ensemble.

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Deck The Halls - Traditional arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass
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A bright cheerful carol for Christmas or to guide in the new year. The parts are not too hard although a little dexterity is required in the Bb parts. The Eb part is covered by an extra Bb part and the Alto Clarinet part is covered by Clarinet 5. The 2nd Bass Clarinet is optional as are the contra parts.

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El Clarinete Rifirrafe Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Written as a showpiece for the solo clarinettist in a single reed ensemble, this has been broadened out to embrace the Clarinet Choir. There is plenty to do for everyone. Eb clarinet is covered by a Bb part as is the Alto clarinet, so a minimum of 6 Bb clarinets and a Bass are required. Better still with 2 Bass Clarinets, and then add the Eb, Alto, and Contras if you can.

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Fantasia on The Dargason Gustav Holst arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 1 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Holst uses a similar arrangement to this in both his 2nd Suite for Military Band, and the St. Pauls' Suite for Strings. Holst juxtaposes the 16th century English folk tune "Dargason", with "Greensleeves", purportedly written by King Henry VIII (although this is now pooh-poohed by those spoilsports historians!) Arranged for Clarinet Choir, it may be played by a minimum of 6 Bb Clarinets and a Bass Clarinet, but ideally for Eb, 4 Bb, Alto, Bass, with optional parts for Contra Alto and Contra Bass.

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Flower Duet from Lakme - Delibes arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

This well loved operatic duet suits the clarinet choir very well. It can be performed by a minimum of six Bb clarinets and one bass clarinet. The Eb part is covered by an extra Bb part. The Alto Clarinet part is covered by Clarinet 5. The 2nd Bass Clarinet is optional as are the contra parts. It is also available elsewhere on this website for Clarinet Duet, Quartet and Saxophone Quartet.

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Funeral March of the Marionette Gounod arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 8 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 2 Eb, 5 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

A fitting end for a broken puppet. Written while Gounod was living in Blackheath in London, it was originally a piano piece which he later orchestrated. This is arrangement is for quite a large ensemble - 2 Ebs (with alternative Bb parts provided), 5 Bbs, 1 Alto (with alternative Bb part), 2 Basses and optional Contra Alto and Contra Bass, so minimum requirements are 8 Bbs and 2 Basses.

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Huron Carol Canadian traditional. arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass
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The Huron Carol has one of the most beautiful and simple melodies I know. The resulting arrangement has a slightly "rocky" feel and is not an accompaniment for choir, just incidental music for the season. This is an extensive reworking of my original arrangement for saxophones.
The parts are not too hard. The Eb part is covered by an extra Bb part and the Alto Clarinet part is covered by Clarinet 5. The 2nd Bass Clarinet is optional as are the contra parts.

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Jupiter - from The Planets Gustav Holst arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 2 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

If you want a challenge, this is for you. The scoring is flexible but most parts are challenging in both range and technique. Essential are: Eb Clarinet - but with an alternative Bb part provided (high), 4 Bb Clarinet parts, Alto Clarinet - but with an alternative Bb part provided and Bass Clarinet. Optional: Eb Clarinet 2 - not essential but adds great colour, Bass Clarinet 2 often enriches the harmonies above the 1st Bass part. The Contra parts are a wonderful luxury but not essential If you have spare Bb clarinettists, start by doubling the Alto part (Cl5) Jupiter is also available for various Saxophone ensembles.

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Overture to The Marriage of Figaro Mozart arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Exciting, challenging and very satisfying to play. There are a few finger-twisting sections for some (especially 2nd Clarinet) and a little double-tonguing for clarinets 3 and 4 (but in a very manageable part of the range). Alternative Bb parts for the Eb Clarinet and Alto clarinet parts may be substituted, and the Contra parts are not essential.

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Molly and the Shepherds Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 1 Bass, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

You may well guess from the title that this is a pastiche on Percy Grainger. I originally wrote it as a movement for wind quintet (available elswhere on this site). Alternative Bb parts for the Eb Clarinet and Alto clarinet parts may be substituted, and the Contra parts are not essential.

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Nun Danket Alle Gott (from Bach Cantata 192) - J.S.Bach arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 8 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets.
Full scoring: 2 Eb, 5 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Glorious Bach! Bach wrote several versions of the chorale "Nun danket alle Gott" and this is the 1st movement from Cantata BWV192. All the parts are busy and require concentration resulting in a glorious sound on clarinets. This is arranged for quite a large ensemble - 2 Ebs (with alternative Bb parts provided), 5 Bbs, 1 Alto (with alternative Bb part), 2 Basses and optional Contra Alto and Contra Bass, so minimum requirements are 8 Bbs and 2 Basses.

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Nutcracker Tchaikovsky arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 7 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 5 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Four movements: Overture Miniature, Dance of the Mirlitons, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Trepak

I think "finger-cracker" might be a more appropriate title, with some challenging parts in this suite of four movements from Tchaikovsky's ballet, "The Nutcracker". The Eb and Alto Clarinet parts are covered by alternative Bb parts and the Contra parts are optional.

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Rondo from "Abdelazer" Purcell arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 4 Bbs Clarinets
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 1 Bass, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Arranged to be as flexible as possible, it is possible to perform this with just Bb clarinets but ideally use a Bass Clarinet and then add the extras if you are lucky enough to have them. Purcell's theme was used by Benjamin Britten in his "Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra" and more recently in the film "Pride and Prejudice".

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The Santa Express - Alun Cook New - October 2016
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 7 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 5 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass
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At Christmas in the depths of the English countryside on the Kent and Sussex border, steam railways run Santa Specials as a Christmas treat for young and old alike. This popular piece, originally for saxophones, captures the hurrying-along of the steam engine with its cargo of excited children hoping to see Santa Claus - and they will! The Santa Express is available in many versions including those for Orchestra, Wind Band, Saxophones, and even a Piano Duet.

There are alternative Bb parts to cover the Eb and Alto Clarinets, and 2nd Bass and the Contra parts are optional.

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Serenade for Strings - Movement I - Dvorak arr. Alun Cook New - May 2017
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Wind players are usually well aware of Dvorak's superb Wind Serenade but his Serenade for Strings is, if anything, more beautiful and this first movement is serene and atmospheric with smooth lines and mystical harmonic shifts.

It is not too difficult and there are alternative Bb parts to cover the Eb and Alto Clarinets, and the Contra parts are optional.

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Shchedryk (Carol of the Bells) - A New Year's Carol New - October 2017 - Mykola Leontovych (Ukrainian Trad.) arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 5 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl (or another Bb), 1 Bass, Contra Alto, Contra Bass
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In "the West" we know this as "The Carol of the Bells", but the original was written as a New Year's carol (or Shchedrivka) by Mykola Leontovych based on a Ukrainian folk song melody which tells the story of a Swallow which flies into the house and tells of the joys of spring to come. It is still regularly performed by choirs in its original form in the Ukraine and beyond with their magnificent choral sound. This arrangement can be played with a small ensemble - just 5 Bb Clarinets and Bass Clarinet. The Contras are optional, the Alto part is covered by Clarinet 5 and the Eb part is non-essential but adds colour.

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Sheep May Safely Graze - J.S.Bach arr. Alun Cook New - October 2016
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 7 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 5 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

A beautiful, peaceful aria from Bach's Cantata BWV 208, "freely transcribed" for Clarinet Choir with its tonal range allowing the rich Chalumeau register to contrast with the upper register (which must always remain sweet - dolce)! Purists might prefer a stricter interpretation of the original, but I have gone for rich harmonies which are possible within Bach's outline. Although not as wild as Grainger's wonderful "Blithe Bells", it is still quite delicious to play.

There are alternative Bb parts to cover the Eb and Alto Clarinets, and the Contra parts are optional.

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Twisty Turny Thing - Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

A piece in swing style that twists and turns to keep your clarinettists amused. The parts are not technically difficult but the rhythm needs to be very secure. The Eb part is covered by an extra Bb part. The Alto Clarinet part is covered by Clarinet 5. The 2nd Bass Clarinet is optional as are the contra parts.

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Vltava (Die Moldau) - Smetana arr. Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 8 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets
Full scoring: 2 Ebs, 5 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

Vltava is a famous piece of programme music describing the course of the river Vltava from its gentle rippling origins, through rapids and past landmarks as it builds in intensity. Smetana's score is rich and there is plenty to do for all. I have used the original dynamics but these are somewhat overstated and what you see as a dynamic change is often more an indication of phrasing, so treat these with caution. Arranged for large ensemble - 2 Ebs (with alternative Bb parts provided), 5 Bbs, 1 Alto (with alternative Bb part), 2 Basses and optional Contra Alto and Contra Bass, so minimum requirements are 8 Bbs and 2 Basses.

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What! No Cigar? Alun Cook
Clarinet Choir - Minimum of 6 Bbs and 1 Bass Clarinet.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 1 Bass, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass

A touch of Havana in a Latin romp. This is entertaining for all the players and is not technically too difficult but the rhythms are challenging and require excellent ensemble playing. The Eb clarinet is optional (although there is an alternative Bb part to cover it). The alto clarinet part is needed, but again there is a Bb part to cover it. Contra-alto and Contra-bass are not needed but add colour.

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