Volumes 1 & 2
Clarinet/Bass Clarinet Duo
|Range||Extended-range instrument NOT required.|
A contemporary of Bach, Handel, Scarlatti and Telemann, Jean-Philippe Rameau was one of the most important composers of the Baroque era. Although he is primarily known today for his operas, his output was large and diverse, including both sacred and secular vocal works, and a substantial number of instrumental pieces.
These arrangements for clarinet and bass clarinet duet are taken from a few of Rameau's many charming pieces for solo keyboard. Keys have been changed, but the range and relationship between the parts remains faithful to the original.
Volume 1 contains two short Minuets. The range is very limited for both players, and with simple rhythm and few technical demands, these pieces (either alone or as a set) would make for excellent teaching material for young students, or perhaps a nice choice for a first ensemble performance.
Volume 2 contains two slightly longer and more challenging pieces. An extended-range bass clarinet is NOT required, but much more of the range of the instrument is utilized in this volume than in the first. These pieces would again make for excellent teaching material, and could be added to a recital or contest program either individually or as a set.
Listen to some of these works in their original instrumentation, for solo harpsichord:
Volume 1: Catalog #ALEA1103
Duo score: 4 pages, spiral bound
Volume 2: Catalog #ALEA1104
Duo score: 5 pages, spiral bound