|Title||Chaconne by Marin Marais|
|Instrumentation||Bass Clarinet Duet|
|Range||Extended range instruments NOT required|
Marin Marais (1656-1728) is considered to be one of the outstanding French composers of the Baroque period. As a virtuoso viol player himself, many of his works were for strings, either in solo or ensemble. This Chaconne, composed in 1711, was originally for viola da gamba and basso continuo. We find that it is quite effective in transcription for bass clarinet duet.
The key and range of the original work have been maintained. Extended-range instruments are not required for either player. The top part is the 'solo' part of the original, and as such, places more demands on technique and range than the lower part. However, neither part requires a great deal of technique. Therefore, this arrangement would work well as a training piece for student to play with teacher, or perhaps a fun project for two students, one slightly more advanced than the other.
The few double-stops that existed in the original have been presented in this transcription as grace notes, and can be included or omitted at the discretion of the player. Tempo, phrasing, and dynamic markings have been added sparingly, but the performer or teacher should be aware that these are merely a guide, and not original to the composer.
Listen to the work in its original instrumentation!
Duo Score: 7 pages, spiral bound