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  • Mozart - Concerto in Eb Major, K.495 - Alto Flute

    mozart k.495 nsmConcerto in E-flat Major, K.495, by W. A. Mozart

    Transcribed for Alto Flute (from horn and piano arrangement) by C.A.Vater

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $7.99

    Mozart's Horn Concerto No.4, K.495, was composed in 1786 and scored for solo horn, with two oboes, two horns, and strings (bassoon ad libitum).   The work consists of three movements—Allegro moderato, Romanza-Andante, and Rondo-Allegro vivace—with the rousing Rondo clearly evoking a hunt scene.   The horn player Henri Kling (1842-1918) created arrangements of all the Mozart horn concerti for horn and piano.   His transcription of K.495 was published by Breitkopf und Härtel, n.d. (ca. 1882).  We used the Kling edition, now in the public domain and available as a free pdf download from imslp.org, to create a transcription of the horn part for alto flute.  Our edition incorporates adjustments that account for differences in range and sonority between the alto flute and horn, while striving to maintain the style and character of the original composition.

    Click to preview a page of the transcribed Alto Flute part for K.495.   We provide the alto flute part only; the piano score (horn and piano) by Henri Kling is freely available from imslp.org.

    Alto Flute part, 7 pages; Total, 10 pages.

  • Schubert – Erlking – Duo (Vo, Vc, Va, or Afl with Pf)

    Erlkönig, Franz Schubert

    Arranged for Cello (or Viola or Alto Flute) and Piano by John W. Pratt
    Piano Score and Parts for Cello/Voice, Viola, and Alto Flute; PDF $11.99

    Schubert Erlking Duo NSMFranz Schubert (1797-1828), inspired by reading Goethe's poem, wrote his song "Erlkönig" in a few hours in 1815. The song was an immediate hit, and continues to be popular to the present day. John Pratt has created a trio arrangement for flute, cello, and piano (click for more information), and also the duo version offered here with Schubert's solo voice part transposed for cello (or viola or alto flute), and with a less arduous alternative to Schubert's piano accompaniment.

    Excerpted from Mr. Pratt's © preface:
    "In the duo arrangement, Schubert's solo part is adopted without change. Thus the piano must provide the entire accompaniment, but rocking triplets and other pianistically felicitous passagework replace Schubert's unremitting repetition. The range of sonorities is also wider than Schubert's, though more restrained than that of the trio arrangement, where the flute enlarges the musical terrain. This accompaniment is offered as a less punishing alternative to Schubert's, to be played with a singer or any solo instrument. Solo parts are provided for voice or cello, viola, and alto flute."

    Click to preview a page of the score for Schubert's Erlking arranged for cello and piano.


    Piano score, 6 pages; Cello, Viola, and Alto Flute parts, 2 pages each; Total, 22 pages.

    We also offer a printed hard copy edition of Erlking for $20.38 plus a $5.95 shipping and handling fee to addresses in the USA. Please use the Contact Us form to let us know which hard copy publication(s) you would like to purchase, along with your email contact information and USPS mailing address.  We will then send you a PayPal invoice for the sale and, once we receive notice from PayPal that you have paid for the item(s), we will ship your music to the address provided.

  • Mendelssohn - On Wings of Song - Alto Flute & Piano

    MendelssohnOWOS.NSMOn Wings of Song, Op.34, No.2, by Felix Mendelssohn

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by C.A.Vater

    Alto Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $5.99

    Having made significant contributions as a poet, essayist, journalist, and critic, Christian Johann Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) is considered one of the great German writers of the 19th century.  Many of his romantic poems were chosen as the text for Lieder by such eminent composers as Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms.  The Heine poem Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, which translates into English as On Wings of Song, was set to music by Felix Mendelssohn and published as No. 2 of six songs for voice and piano constituting his Opus 34.  Auf Flügeln des Gesanges became one of Mendelssohn's most famous art songs, and remains popular to this day.  Arrangements and transcriptions of the music have been created for small orchestra, flute and guitar, flute and piano, violin and piano, two violins, cello and piano, treble choir, and piano solo, among others.  With its charming, simple melody and narrow pitch range, On Wings of Song is highly accessible and understandably a favorite of vocal and instrumental soloists of all levels.  Our transcription is in the key of G, and the song is especially mellow and lovely when played on alto flute. 

    Alto Flute part, 1 page; Piano Score, 4 pages; Total, 8 pages.

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    We also offer a professionally-printed hard copy edition of On Wings of Song for $10.18 plus a shipping and handling fee. Please use the Contact Us form to let us know which hard copy publication(s) you would like to purchase, along with your contact information and USPS mailing address. We will then send you a PayPal invoice for the sale and, once we receive notice from PayPal that you have paid for the item(s), we will ship your music to the address provided.

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  • Elgar - Chanson de Matin - AFl & Pf

    elgar chanson-de-matin afl-and-pf nsmChanson de Matin, Op.15, No.2, by Edward Elgar

    Transcribed for Alto flute and Piano by C.A.Vater

    Alto Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $6.99

    Edward Elgar composed his Chanson de Matin for violin and piano c.1889-1890.  The two companion pieces, Chanson de Matin (No. 2) and Chanson de Nuit (No. 1), together constitute his Op.15, and both pieces were later arranged for small orchestra by the composer.  Chanson de Matin was received with great enthusiasm, and its initial and lasting popularity can be attributed largely to its strong melodic appeal.  Enduring public affection for the piece has spawned the creation of numerous arrangements and transcriptions, including renditions for cello and piano, viola and piano, flute and guitar, piano solo, organ solo, and string quartet.  Noteworthy Sheet Music offers two of our own transcriptions of the lovely Chanson de Matin, one for alto flute and piano and one for C-flute and piano.

    Alto Flute part, 2 pages; Piano Score, 4 pages; Total, 12 pages.

  • Fauré - Pièce - Alto Flute & Piano

    faure piece nsmPièce (Vocalise-Étude), by Gabriel Fauré

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by C.A.Vater

    Alto Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $4.99

    Vocalises are songs without words written to provide technical challenges for singers; they are designed to develop flexibility and control, and thus often serve as vocal warm-up exercises.  Gabriel Fauré composed his Vocalise-Étude in 1906, and it was published by Leduc the following year.  The original piece, in the key of E minor and marked Adagio molto tranquillo, includes a piano accompaniment and incorporates various difficulties for the vocal soloist, including wide intervals, unexpected harmonies, and demanding rhythms.

    Fauré's Vocalise-Étude has long been recognized as a particularly lovely and poignant piece of music, not merely a vocal exercise but a musical work of intrinsic beauty.  Under its alternative name Pièce, the Vocalise-Étude has been transcribed for various orchestral instruments, including bassoon and piano, flute and piano, and oboe and harp.  We at Noteworthy Sheet Music think the alto flute, with its rich, mellow tone, is the perfect instrument for this moving and somewhat melancholy Fauré melody.  Our transcription for alto flute and piano is based on the version of the Vocalise-Étude for medium voice, in the key of D minor, published by Alphonse Leduc in 1907 and now in the public domain.

    Alto Flute part, 1 page; Piano Score, 3 pages; Total, 8 pages.

  • Schumann - Five Pieces in Folk Style - Alto Flute

    Schumann Funf-Stucke-Op102 nsmFünf Stücke im Volkston, Op.102, by Robert Schumann

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by John W. Pratt

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $6.99

    Excerpted from the foreword by John W. Pratt:

    "Robert Schumann (1810-1856) wrote Fünf Stücke im Volkston (Five Pieces in Folk Style), Opus 102, for violoncello and piano on April 13-15, 1849.  //   Fünf Stücke im Volkstonwas premiered on Schumann's 40th birthday, June 8, 1850 by his wife, Clara, and their friend Andreas Grabau, the dedicatee, a cellist in the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Clara thought the pieces beguiling, fresh, original, and under-appreciated. They have been viewed as precursors of his cello concerto, composed in October, 1850, and first performed after his death in honor of his 50th birthday.  // Just as folk songs may appropriately be sung by a great variety of voices, it is perhaps appropriate that songs without words in folk style may be played by a great variety of solo instruments and piano. In any event, Schumann's Fünf Stücke im Volkston have been arranged for oboe, viola, clarinet, alto saxophone, horn, bass clarinet, bassoon, trombone, and baritone saxophone, at least. The pieces are this popular for good reason, being varied and appealing, and we are pleased to add alto flute to this list. Though often programmed by professionals, they call for folk-like playing, not virtuosity, and are entirely suitable for ordinary folk."

    We provide our transcribed alto flute part only; the piano score is in the public domain and available without charge from imslp.org.

    Alto Flute part, 6 pages; Total, 10 pages.

  • Dvořák - Ballada - Alto Flute & Piano

    Dvorak-Ballada-Op15 AflPf nsmBallada, Op. 15, by Antonín Dvořák

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by C.A.Vater

    Alto Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $7.99

    The Czech composer Antonín Leopold Dvořák (1841-1904) first visited England in 1884, at the invitation of the Philharmonic Society of London. He conducted several of his works there and and was commissioned to compose a new symphony for the Philharmonic Society, his Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op.70, which he conducted in London on April 22, 1885. Dvořák, who was well-received in England for his longer works, including cantatas and oratorios, was asked by London publishers to write shorter compositions as well. The Ballada, composed by Dvořák in late 1884 shortly after he completed his Symphony No. 7, was written specifically for publication in the Christmas edition of the London Magazine of Music. It is a short work of approximately six minutes duration for violin and piano. Written in the key of D minor, the Ballad's outer sections are solemn and melancholy while the contrasting central Allegro agitato is fervid and intense. The piece works nicely on alto flute, and our transcription required few adaptations from the original violin part.

    [Sources for Dvořák biographical information: Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (Eighth Edition, Revised by Nicolas Slonimsky) and the internet website http://www.antonin-dvorak.cz/en/ballad.]

    Score, 8 pages; Alto Flute part, 3 pages; Total, 14 pages.

     

  • Brahms ― Sonata, Op.120 No.1 ― Alto Flute

    Brahms-Sonata-Op120-1 Afl nsmSonata, Op.120 No.1, by Johannes Brahms

    Transcribed for Alto Flute by J.W.Pratt

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $8.99

    Although written originally for clarinet, Brahms himself created two more versions of his Op.120 sonatas, for violin and viola. John W. Pratt, who transcribed these works for alto flute so expertly, writes in his foreword: "If Brahms was happy with versions for clarinet, viola, and violin, surely he would have welcomed arrangements for alto flute, especially since it is the mellow rather than the clarion aspect of the clarinet that he called on. In making our arrangements for alto flute, the violin versions have been particularly helpful, since the violin has the same lower range as the alto flute, but they required modification for several reasons. One, of course, is that the alto flute cannot play as loudly at the bottom of its range as the violin can. Another is that Brahms gave the violin double stops even though the clarinet is limited to a single voice." Our editions of the two Op.120 sonatas include only the alto flute parts, as Brahms' piano scores are freely available in the public domain. Here is a link to the listing of Op.120 No.1 on IMSLP.org, where the clarinet, viola, and violin versions with piano scores may be found. Our alto flute arrangements are based on the usual piano parts that accompany the clarinet as the solo instrument. The entire transcription of Op.120 No.1 works remarkably well, but the breathtakingly beautiful slow movement played on alto flute will steal your heart away.

    Alto Flute part, 9 pages; Total 14 pages.

  • Brahms ― Sonata, Op.120 No.2 ― Alto Flute

    Brahms Op120 No2 Afl nsmSonata, Op.120 No.2, by Johannes Brahms

    Transcribed for Alto Flute by J.W.Pratt

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $8.99

    This is the second of Brahms' two clarinet sonatas, transcribed for alto flute by John Pratt.  Although written originally for clarinet, Brahms himself created two more versions of his Op.120 sonatas, for violin and viola. Mr. Pratt, who transcribed these works for alto flute so expertly, writes in his foreword: "If Brahms was happy with versions for clarinet, viola, and violin, surely he would have welcomed arrangements for alto flute, especially since it is the mellow rather than the clarion aspect of the clarinet that he called on. In making our arrangements for alto flute, the violin versions have been particularly helpful, since the violin has the same lower range as the alto flute, but they required modification for several reasons. One, of course, is that the alto flute cannot play as loudly at the bottom of its range as the violin can. Another is that Brahms gave the violin double stops even though the clarinet is limited to a single voice." Our editions of the two Op.120 sonatas include only the alto flute parts, as Brahms' piano scores are freely available in the public domain. Here is a link to the listing of Op.120 No.2 on IMSLP.org, where the clarinet, viola, and violin versions with piano scores may be found. Our alto flute arrangements are based on the usual piano parts that accompany the clarinet as the solo instrument.

    Alto Flute part, 8 pages; Total, 12 pages.

  • Reger - Romanze - Alto Flute and Piano

    Reger Romanze Afl-Pf NSMRomanze, by Max Reger

     

    Transcribed for Alto Flute in G and Piano by C.A.Vater

    Alto Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $4.99

    Reger's Romanze is a lovely, short piece in G major, consisting of a single movement, Andante con moto. Written in 1902 for violin (or cello) and piano, the work was published by Breitkopf und Härtel ca.1920 and is now in the public domain. Numerous arrangements and transcriptions of the Romanze, including those for C-flute, trumpet, cello, clarinet, viola, or alto saxophone and piano, and even one for oboe and accordion, attest to the piece's popularity. The Romanze works beautifully on alto flute, and Noteworthy Sheet Music's 2016 edition includes both our transcribed alto flute part and a re-notated piano score.

    Cover image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, PD-old: "Bavarian Landscape", by Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902).

    Alto Flute Part, 1 page; Score 2 pages; Total, 6 pages.

  • Mozart - Kegelstatt Trio - Alto Flute

    Mozart Kegelstatt Afl nsm"Kegelstatt" Trio in E-flat major, K.498, by W. A. Mozart


    Transcribed for Alto Flute, Viola, and Piano by John W. Pratt, with a Program Note by Peter H. Bloom
    Alto Flute Part, PDF $7.99

    As Editor-in-Chief of Noteworthy Sheet Music, LLC, I recently found myself in the unusual situation of having received transcriptions of the "Kegelstatt" Trio clarinet part for alto flute from two of NSM's most experienced and proficient arrangers, John W. Pratt and Peter H. Bloom. That both arrangers chose to create a "Kegelstatt" part for alto flute, and that their transcriptions were nearly identical, attests to the value of adapting this Mozart clarinet part and its natural fit for the alto flute. Our edition includes Mr. Pratt's alto flute part transcription, as well as a program note written by Mr. Bloom for his upcoming alto flute performances of the "Kegelstatt" Trio with Ensemble Aubade (Peter H. Bloom, flutes; Francis Grimes, viola; and Mary Jane Rupert, piano/harp). —cav, December, 2016

    Our edition includes only the alto flute transcription of the clarinet part; the original piano score and viola part are in the public domain and may be downloaded free of charge from IMSLP.org as good quality PDFs.


    Alto Flute part, 6 pages; Total, 10 pages.

  • Hauptmann - Bereavement - Alto Flute & Piano

    Hauptmann Bereavement Afl Pf nsmLento - Bereavement, by Moritz Hauptmann

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by C. A. Vater
    Piano Score and Alto Flute Part, PDF $3.99


    Hauptmann's 3 Violin Duos, Op.16 were first published in 1832. The Lento (Bereavement) from Op.16 later was arranged for violin and piano by the renowned violinist, violist, and composer Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst. It is this arrangement by Henri Ernst, published in 1880, that served as the basis for NSM’s transcription of the piece for alto flute and piano. The mournful simplicity of the Lento is perfectly captured and beautifully rendered by the alto flute.

    Alto Flute part, 1 page; Piano Score, 2 pages; Total, 6 pages.

     

  • Kakabadse - The Song of the Shirt - Soprano (or Alto Flute) and Piano

    Kakabadse Shirt nsmThe Song of the Shirt, by Lydia Kakabadse

    Contemporary Composition for Soprano and Piano, with words by Thomas Hood
    Alternatively, for Alto Flute (in lieu of soprano) and Piano


    Score for Soprano and Piano, and Alternative Alto Flute Part, PDF $7.99


    Lydia Kakabadse scored her composition The Song of the Shirt for soprano and piano, setting to music the words of the poem of the same title written in 1843 by Thomas Hood.  The composer writes in her program notes: “The text depicts abject poverty, misery and the cruel exploitation of the poor.  They conjure up a picture of a woman in rags, worn out by endlessly sewing in filthy, pitiful conditions, appealing to the consciences of men.  Hood’s words are very inspirational and both the piano and voice reflect these brutal agonies.  The melancholic tone of the words and the monotony of such a wretched existence are characterized by the wide use of minor keys and bare intervals.”

    The beautiful, haunting melody of The Song of the Shirt is infused with pathos, and is well-suited to the character of the alto flute, as well as soprano.  Our edition includes a part for alto flute in G to be utilized in lieu of the soprano voice, at the performers’ discretion, for a fully instrumental "song without words" rendition of the piece.

    The Song of the Shirt has been recorded by Clare McCaldin and Christian Wilson and appears on the "Lydia Kakabadse" CD (Naxos 8.572524).  Click the link to listen to anaudio clip of the track posted on the composer’s website.

    Piano and Soprano score, 8 pages; Alto Flute part, 2 pages; Total, 14 pages.

  • Goepfart - Zwei Charakterstücke - Alto Flute and Piano

    Goepfart Op27 afl pf nsmZwei Charakterstücke, by Karl Eduard Goepfart

    transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by C. A. Vater

    Alto Flute part and Piano score, PDF $8.99

    Karl Eduard Goepfart (1859-1942) was a German pianist, composer and conductor. His Zwei Charakterstücke, Op. 27(Two Character Pieces) were written for oboe and piano and first published in Leipzig in 1888. The two contrasting pieces are the very charming Mässig schnell, gehend and Mässig langsam (in ruhiger Bewegung)with its playful, energetic Lebhaft section. We prepared a transcription of this under-appreciated work for alto flute, complete with piano score. The pieces work well on alto flute, providing the accompanying pianist is sensitive to the alto flute’s lower sound power and projection capability, especially in the low register, compared to that of the oboe.

    Piano Score, 8 pages; Alto Flute part, 3 pages; Total, 16 pages.

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  • Brahms - Two Songs, Op.91 - Clarinet

    brahms op.91 nsmTwo Songs, Op.91, by Johannes Brahms

    Transcribed for Clarinet by John W. Pratt (part originally for viola)

    Clarinet Part, PDF $5.99

    The two chamber music songs of Brahms' Zwei Gesänge, Op.91 were composed specifically for his dear friends, the violinist/violist Joseph Joachim and the mezzo-soprano Amalie Schneeweiss, who were married in 1863.  The songs (for alto, viola, and piano) were written over 20 years apart, but Brahms published them together as Op.91 in 1884.

    "Gestillte Sehnsucht", which appears first in the Op.91 pairing, was actually written second, in 1884.  The song sets the text of the poem by Friedrich Rückert (1788-1866).  "Gestillte Sehnsucht" is a nature poem, filled with images of forests at sunset, gentle breezes, and twittering birds.  Rückert is famous not only for his exquisite poems themselves but also for the great inspiration his work provided to numerous prominent composers, in addition to Brahms.  "Geistliches Wiegenlied" (Sacred Cradle Song) was first composed in 1863-1864, and later revised.  The viola opens with the melody of the medieval Christmas carol "Joseph, lieber Joseph mein."  The singer has her own variation of the melody, and enters after the first stanza of the viola's carol.  The song is a beautiful cradle-rocking lullaby, in 6/8 time.

    It is said that the viola was Brahms' favorite stringed instrument, and the composer gave the viola a major role in both of these songs, allowing it to open both pieces before the singer enters.  Clarinetists have long coveted these viola parts, and various performances have provided clear evidence that a successful outcome can be achieved with the substitution of a clarinet for the viola in Op.91.  So when a clarinetist friend of ours asked us to create a transcription for him, we gladly obliged.  Our edition of the clarinet part adapts the first song, "Gestillte Sehnsucht", for clarinet in A, and the second, "Geistliches Wiegenlied", for clarinet in Bb.  The original piano score and voice part are in the public domain, readily available as free PDF downloads from IMSLP.org.

    Click to preview a page of our clarinet transcription of the viola part for Brahms' Zwei Gesänge Zwei Gesänge.

    Clarinet part, 4 pages; Total, 8 pages.

  • Glazunov – Elegy – Clarinet

    Glazunov Elegy Cl nsmElegy, Op.44, by Alexander Glazunov

    Transcribed for Bb Clarinet (and Piano) by John W. Pratt

    Clarinet Part — PDF $3.99

    Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov (b. St. Petersburg, 1865; d. Paris, 1936) was a major composer in the late Russian romantic tradition. His Elegy, Op.44, was written for viola and piano in 1893, and has been transcribed by John W. Pratt for Bb clarinet. The piece is about 6 minutes long, elegiac but not lugubrious. It consists of a lovely melody in 9/8 enhanced by a simple but warm piano accompaniment. The viola melody is readily transcribed for other instruments, since it is without double stops. The piano part is freely available at IMSLP.org.

    Clarinet part, 2 pages; Total, 6 pages.

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  • Mozart – Sonata in E minor – Clarinet (and Piano)

    Mozart K304-cl nsmSonata in E minor, K.304, by W. A. Mozart

    Transcribed for Clarinet (and Piano) by John W. Pratt

    Clarinet in A Part, PDF $5.99


    Mozart's second group of violin sonatas, the seven "Mannheim" sonatas of 1778, were begun in Mannheim where the composer also worked on a flute commission. The violin parts rarely make significant use of double stops and are in general well suited to a wind instrument. Mozart's works in minor keys are rare and special: consider the G-minor quintet and Symphony No. 40. The K.304 sonata is his only work in E minor and it is mysteriously compelling in its simplicity. Mr. Pratt has created an excellent transcription of the Sonata in E minor, K.304 for A-clarinet. K.304 was written the same summer that Mozart's mother died, an association often pointed to and the inspiration for our cover image selection.

    Note that Mr. Pratt's transcription offers the advantage of being in the original key, and that we provide the A-clarinet part only.  The clarinet part works perfectly with the piano part in Mozart's score for piano and violin, which is in the public domain and readily available on imslp.org, free of charge. 

    For additional information about the seven Mozart Mannheim sonatas and Mr. Pratt's previous transcriptions of them for alto flute, please read his article Mozart's Mannheim Sonatas, which was originally published by Flute Focus and subsequently republished by NSM on our Resources – Reviews and Articles page.


    Clarinet part, 5 pages; Total, 8 pages.

  • Dvořák - Sonatina - Clarinet (and piano)

    Dvorak Sonatina-Op100 cl nsmSonatina, Op.100, by Antonín Dvořák

    Transcribed for Clarinet in A (and Piano) by J.W.Pratt and C.A.Vater

    A-Clarinet Part, PDF $11.99

    From 1892 to 1895, Czech composer Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904) was in the United States, serving as the director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York City. He wrote his Sonatina in G major (Opus 100, B. 183) for violin and piano in 1893, and in some ways it reminds us of his triumphant Symphony No. 9, "From the New World", which was composed the same year. The Sonatina was written for and dedicated to Dvořák's own children. It has an average duration of 20 minutes and consists of four movements: I. Allegro risoluto; II. Larghetto (Indian Lament); III. Scherzo. Molto vivace; and IV. Finale. Allegro.

    In transcribing this popular work for clarinet, we have incorporated several changes in the part to account for sonic differences between the clarinet and the violin. In so doing, every effort has been made to maintain the spirit and character of the original composition. In places the New World feel is even stronger with a wind instrument. We provide here our transcribed A-clarinet part only; Dvořák's original piano part works well with the new clarinet part, and the score for violin and piano is readily available in the public domain as a free pdf download from imslp.org.

     

    A-Clarinet Part, 11 pages; Total, 14 pages.

  • Weber - Andante e Rondo Ongarese - Clarinet (and Piano)

    Weber Andante-e-Rondo Op35 nsmAndante e Rondo Ongarese, Op.35, by Carl Maria von Weber

    Transcribed for Clarinet (and Piano) by John W. Pratt

    Bb Clarinet Part, PDF $6.99

    Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) is widely credited with being a founder and leading composer of the Romantic school.  He was prolific, making major and influential contributions to almost every kind of music, including 7 operas and 3 Singspiels, other vocal and choral music, orchestral and wind music, and piano music.  Yet his chamber music consists of just 9 works (counting a set of 6 minor violin sonatas as one), and only the Grand Duo, the flute trio, and the clarinet quintet are substantial.  The scarcity of Weber's chamber music makes a transcription of a concertante work, especially a fine one not often played like the Andante e Rondo Ongarese, particularly welcome.  Weber’s Op.35 was first written in 1809 for viola (J79), but revised in 1813 for bassoon (J158) and apparently proved more popular in that form.  Combining the viola's range and the bassoon's timbre points inexorably to the clarinet.

    — excerpted from J.W.P.’s foreword to the edition

     

    Clarinetists will find this work challenging and fun to play. We provide our clarinet transcription; a suitable piano part is readily available in the public domain as a free high quality pdf download of the score for bassoon and piano, which can be found at imslp.org: Piano Score

    BbClarinet part, 5 pages; Total, 8 pages.

  • Schubert - Auf dem Strom - Vo/Cl/Pf

    Schubert Auf-dem-Strom VoClPf nsmAuf dem Strom, Op.119, by Franz Schubert

    Obbligato transcribed for A-Clarinet by C. A. Vater

    Piano Score and Parts for Voice and A-Clarinet, PDF $9.50

    The great Austrian composer Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828) was a master at creating extremely beautiful, melodic, emotional lieder. His song Auf dem Strom (On the River) provided a musical setting for the text of the eponymous poem written by the German poet and music critic Ludwig Rellstab. The lyrics tell the story of a sad parting, of the yearning and loneliness that sets in as the narrator bids farewell to a loved one on shore, while his river journey carries him away towards the sea. The premier performance of Auf dem Strom took place in Schubert’s 1828 public concert, during which the obbligato part was played by Josef Lewy on horn, the instrument for which the obbligato was written and which undoubtedly can provide an appropriately mournful, sentimental character to the piece. However, an alternate obbligato version for cello was also published. Now, with all respect, we provide an A-clarinet version of the obbligato, in expectation that clarinetists will appreciate this addition to the voice/clarinet/piano repertoire. We believe that a well-played clarinet can aptly contribute a suitably complex, dolorous essence and tone that will adequately do justice to this highly romantic lied by Schubert. Schubert himself created one of his most wonderful and popular works, Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, for clarinet obbligato, and we hope he would welcome our adaptation of Auf dem Strom for A-clarinet.

     

    Score, 19 pages; Voice part, 4 pages; A-Clarinet part, 4 pages; Total, 32 pages.