If you are looking for the Best Clarinet Sheet Music of all time, you've come to the right place to start. Here I've listed by musical form some of the best music written for the clarinet.
Clarinet Concertos - As a musical form, the concerto usually has three movements (fast, slow, fast) with a featured instrument accompanied by an orchestra. Since orchestras are not readily available to clarinetists, a piano reduction of the orchestral score is made so the "concerto" is played as a duet with clarinet and piano.
Following are some of the most prominent clarinet concertos:
1. Mozart Clarinet Concerto
2. Weber Clarinet Concertos Concerto No. 1 and No. 2, No. 73 and 74
3. Copland Clarinet Concerto
4. Nielsen Clarinet Concerto
5. Spohr Clarinet Concertos 1-4
6. Finzi Clarinet Concerto
7. Stamitz Clarinet Concerto
8. Crusell Clarinet Concerto
9. Krommer Clarinet Concerto
10. Rimsky-Korsakov Clarinet Concerto
Clarinet Sonatas - a sonata as a musical form typically has four movements (Fast, Slow, Dance, Fast). Sonatas are considered "chamber music," and can work for solo instrument (piano sonata) but in the case of the clarinet, includes a clarinetist and pianist.
The sonata intermingles the instruments more than a concerto (where you have a soloist and an accompanist). So, the sonata is much more like an equal duet.
This is oversimplified; of course, but a general idea about the sonata. One other thought, since these works listed are known as "clarinet sonatas," it does not diminish the importance of the pianist. It is just that a clarinet sonata is specific to clarinet like a cello sonata is specific to cello.
Best Clarinet Sheet Music - Clarinet Sonatas
1. Brahms Sonatas No.1 and 2, Op. 120
2. Bernstein Clarinet Sonata
3. Saint-Saens Clarinet Sonata
4. Hindemith Clarinet Sonata
5. Poulenc Clarinet Sonata
6. Wanhal Clarinet Sonata
7. Devienne Clarinet Sonatas
8. Tuthill Fantasy Sonata
9. Stanford Clarinet Sonata
10. Templeton Pocket Size Sonata
Best Clarinet Sheet Music – Other great works not in the form of concerto or sonata. Sorry folks, I couldn't hold to only ten. You will find a list of 15 below...
1. Lutoslawski Dance Preludes
2. Rossini Introduction, Theme and Variations
3. Weber Concertino
4. Messager Solo de Concours
5. Schumann Phantasiestucke, Op. 73
6. Weber Grande Duo Concertante
7. Vaughan Williams Six Studies on English Folk Song
8. Jean-Jean Arabesques
9. Pierne Canzonetta, Op. 19
10. Weber Introduction, Theme and Variations
11. Cavallini Adagio and Tarantella
12. Rabaud Solo de Concours
13. Berg Four Pieces
14. Cahuzac Variations sur un Air du Pays d’Oc
15. Kalliwoda Morceau de Salon, Op. 229
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