A piece to play on April Fool’s Day – Carmen Strips

A thread on the Facebook group of the International Clarinet Association about an April Fool’s concert made me remember a post I wrote in french almost a year ago. I think it’s time for me to  translate it! Carmen Strips is a humoristic fantasy piece, with an obligatory ‘undressing’ of the clarinet. The piece is Read More …

Stamitz – Trio in G for 2 Bb clarinets and 1 bass clarinet

Carl Stamitz wrote 11 clarinet concertos, but only a few chamber pieces featuring the clarinet. However, his Trio in G, which calls for two flutes and a violoncello, is a lovely piece that fits the clarinet perfectly once transposed a third lower. My arrangement for clarinet trio (2 Bb clarinets and a bass clarinet) was Read More …

Haydn – London Trio #1 for 2 Bb clarinets and 1 bass clarinet

The first london trio was written in 1794 during the second journey in London. Joseph Haydn wrote it for 2 flutes or violins and a violoncello. This simple yet beautiful piece would be perfect for a chamber group of intermediate level. My arrangement for clarinet trio (2 Bb clarinets and a bass clarinet) was released Read More …

Schubert – String Trio D471 for 2 Bb clarinets and 1 bass clarinet

After Bach concerto in D for 2 violons for clarinet quartet, another transcription of mine has been released by Klarthe. This time I arranged a Franz Schubert’s piece for clarinet trio (two Bb clarinets and a bass clarinet): the String Trio in B flat major D.471. It was written in September 1816. Franz Schubert was Read More …

Modes of limited transposition

Here are new exercises for advanced clarinetists : the modes of limited tranposition, compiled by french composer Olivier Messiaen. For further information about these modes, please visit Wikipedia. Practicing these modes on the clarinet is very useful: when playing Messiaen’s music, you will be already familiar with his way of composing, other composers, like Debussy, Read More …

Intervals based on the chromatic scale

Here are some advanced technical exercises for the clarinet, based on the chromatic scale. We are going to explore all intervals while ascending or descending a chromatic scale: minor seconds, major seconds, minor thirds, major thirds, perfect fourths, diminished fifths, perfect fifths, minor sixths, major sixths, minor sevenths, major sevenths and perfect octaves. Obviously, you Read More …

Concerto in D for 2 violins – arrangement for clarinet quartet

I’m proud to announce the release of my transcription for clarinet quartet of the first movement of Bach concerto in D for 2 violins. I did it when looking for new pieces to add to the repertoire of the french clarinet quartet “Turbulences”. I split up the original solo violins, orchestra violins and viola parts Read More …

Scales for intermediate clarinetists

You’ve practiced your first clarinet scales for a long time, and they sound nearly perfect? Good! Let’s move on to the scales I wrote for intermediate clarinestits. The goal here is to go higher, to play faster, and to discover complicated scales with 4, 5 or 6 sharps/flats with tricky fingering combinations… – Download Clarinet Read More …

Easy clarinet scales

Here are your first clarinet scales. First of all, the chromatic scale : it’s a good way to be sure you don’t hesitate on any fingering. Moreover, this scale is used by many composers : by practicing it early on, you will achieve a good technical level much more quickly, so you will be able Read More …