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SINGLE REED ENSEMBLE
Canzona 341 - Alun Cook
Either an octet for clarinet and saxophone quartets, or each ensemble may play their quartets independently

This octet may be played complete or as two separate quartets. The notion behind the work was to entertain a clarinet ensemble who enjoy the more sedate "classical" repertoire, whilst the saxophonists would rather be "Jazzing it up", and so the two ensembles have their wish within the one piece. I feel it works best with both quartets combined but I have made strenuous efforts to ensure that independent performances are possible. The octet version should be played antiphonally and some costuming might be add to the fun with the clarinets in formal attire, with those layabout good-for-nothing saxophones dressed in more hippy gear.

Although an alternative Soprano Sax part is provided, the composer would much prefer you to use 2 Altos.

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PDF icon Moderate - The saxophone parts are harder than the clarinet parts 4m 50s
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Clarinets only
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Canzona 341 Plus - Alun Cook
Minimum - A Saxophone Quartet (AATB or SATB) or a Clarinet Quartet (3Bb + BsCl)
Maximum - Eb Cl, 3 Bb Cl, Alto Cl, Bass Cl, Contra Alto, Contra Bass, Sopranino Sax, 2 Sopranos, 2 Altos, 2 Tenors, Barintone, Bass Sax.

Canzona 341 Plus is an expanded version of my original octet (see above) with extra parts for additional instruments. It was designed to be performed by a combined Clarinet Quartet and Saxophone Quartet, but could also be performed by either ensemble as a stand-alone piece. The notion behind the work was to entertain a clarinet ensemble who enjoy the more sedate "classical" repertoire, whilst the saxophonists would rather be "Jazzing it up", and so the two ensembles have their wish within the one piece. Although it works best with both quartets combined, independent performances are quite possible.

United performances should be played antiphonally and some costuming might be add to the fun with the clarinets in formal attire, with those layabout good-for-nothing saxophones dressed in more hippy gear.

Score sample Difficulty Time Purchase Direct
PDF icon Moderate
The saxophone parts are harder than the clarinet parts
4m 50s
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Full Ensemble
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Clarinets only
Saxophones only
El Clarinete Rifirrafe - Alun Cook
4 Bb Clarinets, 2 Alto Saxophones, Tenor Saxophone and Bass Clarinet

This piece is a feature for the principal clarinettist in the ensemble, and the part is demanding. The accompanying parts are not too hard. Scored for Single Reed Ensemble (4 Bb clarinets, Bass Clarinet, 2 Alto Saxophones and a Tenor) this scoring was requested in the commission but if you run a single reed ensemble and would prefer a variation on this format , do please let me know.

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PDF icon Solo part is hard
Parts are moderate
5m 00s
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Topsy and Biggles - Alun Cook
4 Bb Clarinets, 2 Alto Saxophones, Tenor Saxophone (opt.) and Bass Clarinet

Pure entertainment with some fast fingering for the clarinets. A Rondo with contrasting sections which is not too hard but there are some challenges for the clarinets. The Tenor saxophone is optional but it adds depth. There is also a Baritone Saxophone part available which doubles the Bass Clarinet.

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PDF icon Moderate/Hard
Clarinet parts are more demanding
3m 28s
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Twisty Turny Thing - Alun Cook
4 Bb Clarinets, 2 Alto Saxophones, Tenor Saxophone (opt.) and Bass Clarinet

A piece in swing style to keep your clarinets and saxophones amused. The Tenor Saxophone is optional but there is no 'easy' clarinet part as the swing rhythm makes all the parts reasonably demanding.

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PDF icon Moderate 3m 17s
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Jezzanova - Alun Cook
4 Bb Clarinets, 2 Alto Saxophones, Tenor Saxophone and Bass Clarinet

A friend of mine was bemoaning the lack of material for "Single Reed Ensemble" so I have written this piece as, hopefully, the start of many. Whilst not intended as an "educational" piece, the 4th clarinet can be played below the break. If you would like variations in the scoring of "single reed" pieces, do let me know so I can write to suit peoples needs. Although this piece is quite easy, I intend some more challenging repertoire.

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PDF icon Moderate 3m 09s
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A Winter's Tale - Alun Cook
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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