Quartets for Clarinet & Saxophone, edited or arranged by John Kilpatrick
(and the odd Trio & Quintet)

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Music for quartets - clarinet/sax - all of which is in the public domain and may be freely used; please preserve any copyright notices.
PLEASE NOTE: I may not liberally add expression, slurs, etc., especially to early music. Absence of these does not mean play unmusically!

Mostly originally set in Overture, but a number of pieces are now available in MuseScore ( ), which is a free notation program downloadable from here .
Generally the older uploads are in Overture, and the more recent in MuseScore. The symbol represents MIDI.

Quartet Music (+ trio + quintet) for clarinets:        S = Bb clarinet; A = Eb Alto clarinet; B = Bb bass clarinet
for saxophones:   S = soprano sax;  A = alto sax;  T = tenor sax;  B = baritone sax

HANDEL

Largo from Xerxes
(Ode to a tree)

Clarinet quartet SSSB or SSAB The solo line (Xerxes) is given to instrument 1, while the upper line from the short orchestral sections is given to instrument 2, as indicated in the parts.
Saxophone quartet SATB or AATB

Lascia Ch'io Piango

Clarinet quartet SSSB  
Saxophone quartet SATB  

MOZART

Rondo from K298
(flute quartet in A)

Clarinet quartet SSSB or SSAB Transposed down a third to concert F. Alto clarinet recommended for 3rd part.

Voi Che Sapete

Clarinet quartet SSSB From Act II of Le nozze di Figaro; some adjustment of approach to the underlying arpeggios to make them more suitable for clarinet.

J S BACH

Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major
(Air on a G string)

Clarinet quartet SSSB Transposed to C major (concert)

GILES FARNABY

Farnaby Suite

Clarinet quartet SSSB Arranged from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book:
    Farnaby's Conceit / Giles Farnaby's Dream / His Rest / His Humour
Saxophone quartet SATB or AATB  

LOUIS COUPERIN

La Piemontoise

Clarinet quartet SSSB Originally for harpsichord.

JOHN KILPATRICK

Conceits for Tarogato

Clarinet quartet or solo Bb instrument 
with clarinet trio SSSB or Tg/SSB
Composed originally for tarogato and piano, but converted to solo Tarogato and clarinet trio (SSB), but equally valid for clarinet quartet, or with soprano sax as the solo instrument.
A 5-minute suite of 6 short pieces.

Come Live with Me

Clarinet quartet SSSB An instrumental version of a choral piece written for a wedding on words by Christopher Marlow: "Come live with me and be my love".

Gone are the Days

Clarinet quartet SSSB A piece suitable for a funeral or other time of memory - secular or sacred.

The Knave of Hearts

Clarinet quartet SSSB An instrumental version of a choral piece on words by Gelett Burgess: a clever poem based on features of the card game Euchre.
Saxophone quartet SATB

Antique Suite
(saxophones)

Saxophones AAT or AATB A suite of 4 movements loosely inspired by Susato.
4-part in F; for 3-part omit the baritone part.

PERCY SNOWDON

Betelgeuse

Clarinet quartet SSSB A haunting piece arranged from a composition for mixed choir, based on a poem by Humbert Wolfe. Please see Percy Snowdon's page.
Saxophone quartet SATB

MADRIGALS

"Fair Phyllis"
Three madrigals based on Phyllis

Clarinet quartet SSSB Fair Phyllis - John Farmer
Phyllis, Farewell - Thomas Bateson
Amyntas with this Phyllis fair - Francis Pilkington
Saxophone quartet SATB

Four English Madrigals

Clarinet quartet SSSB April is in my mistress' face - Thomas Morley
Weep, O mine eyes - John Bennet
Adieu, swet Amaryllis - John Wilbye
Construe my meaning - Giles Farbnaby
Saxophone quartet SATB

PURCELL

Dido's Lament & Chorus
 

Clarinet quartet SSSB or SSAB From Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneus.
  Thy hand, Belinda (recit.)
  When I am laid in earth (air)
  With drooping wings (chorus) [not in quintet version]
Saxophone quartet SATB
Clarinet quintet SSSSB

3 tunes from King Arthur

Clarinet quartet SSSB or SSAB   From Purcell's opera King Arthur:  Come if you dare / How blest are shepherds / Fairest Isle
Saxophone quartet SATB

Passacaglia from King Arthur

Clarinet quartet SSSB or SSAB   "How happy the lover" from the fourth act. Violin & Oboe phrases generally represented by swapping between 1st & 2nd clarinet; solo tenor given to 3rd/Alto clarinet; some phrases added to represent continuo.

Rondeau & Air from Abdelazar

Clarinet quartet: SSSB
 - original pitch
 - down one tone

 
  
The famous Rondeau from Purcell's Abdelazar Suite, and the air that follows it - numbers II and III in the suite.
Saxophone quartet SATB  

Thou Knowest, Lord

Clarinet quartet SSSB   Anthem; words included in the parts.
Saxophone quartet SATB

If Music be the Food of Love

Clarinet quartet SSSB   4-part arrangement allowing for either one verse or two.
Saxophone quartet SATB  

BUXTEHUDE

Canzonetta in G

Clarinet quartet SSSB   This 2-section fugal canzonetta for organ is here transposed up one semitone (thereby allowing Bb clarinet to play the 3rd part).
Saxophone quartet SATB

XMAS

Jingle Bells

Clarinet quartet SSSB   original composer James Lord Pierpont; arrangement by John Kilpatrick
Little Donkey Clarinet quartet SSSB   original composer Eric Boswell; arrangement by John Kilpatrick
Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer Clarinet quartet SSSB   original composer Johnny Marks; arrangement by John Kilpatrick

VICTORIA

Two Motets

Saxophone quartet SATB or AATB Ave Maria & O Vos Omnes
Transposed down a fifth

VIVALDI

Pastorale from "Spring"

Clarinet quartet SSSB Transposed down from E to concert C (i.e. clarinet D);
some harmonies are added where the solo part would have been backed by continuo.

VIVALDI-BACH

Concerto in D major

Clarinet quartet SSSB   Vivaldi's original (op.3 no.9) for solo violin and string quartet in 3 movements was transcribed by Bach for harpsichord (BWV972). Much was faithfully represented with necessary allowances for the keyboard, while other parts were embellished, notably the running bass lines in the 3rd movement. This clarinet quartet arrangement is based on a combination of the two versions, with some further tweaks by John Kilpatrick.

SUSATO
(Urtext)

DANSERYE - COMPLETE

Described as "For all musical instruments"
 Superius / Contra-tenor / Tenor / Bassus
 
(large file)
"Het derde musyck boexken" (1551), also known as Danserye, in an urtext edition in which the 4 part books are combined into a score, as described here.

SUSATO
(arrangements)

Basse Dance No.8
  "Danse du Roy"

Clarinet quartet SSSB or SSAB   Original pitch (transposed for the instruments).
Clarinet and Sax parts interchangeable. Parts are 1 page each.
Saxophone quartet SATB or AATB  

Basse Dance 7 & Rondo 7
  "Entre du fol" & "Il estoit une filette"

Clarinet quartet SSSB Original pitch (transposed for the instruments).
Clarinet and Sax parts interchangeable. Parts are 1 page each.
Saxophone quartet SATB/AATB/STTB

Basse Dance & Reprise (nos 10,11)
  "Mon desir" & "Le cueur est bon"

Clarinet quartet SSSB Danserye no.10 transposed up a forth; no.11 transposed down a tone.
Clarinet and Sax parts interchangeable. Parts 2 pages each.
Saxophone quartet SATB or AATB

Danserye Selection
Nos. 2,7,18,22,37,43,54,32

Saxophone quartet SATB/AATB/STTB All or a subset may be played as a suite. The pieces have been transposed to lie within the range of the instruments.  The clarinet parts for the galliards are a 4th higher than for the saxes.
(Please add your own dynamics & expression.)
Clarinet quartet SSSB

Further Danserye Selection
Nos. 20,39,52,29,41

Saxophone quartet SATB or AATB   The first 3 pieces are on the same theme "Mille ducas en vostre bource".
Clarinet quartet SSSB

Pavane no. 1  "Mille Regretz"

Clarinet quartet SSSS or SSSB This one can be played on 4 x Bb clarinet. Transposed up a 5th.

Pavane & Galliarde "La Dona"
Nos. 38,50

Clarinet quartet SSSB Clarinets: transposed up a 4th
Saxophones: untransposed
Saxophone quartet SATB or AATB

Basse Danses & Morisque
Nos. 9,6,5

Clarinet quartet SSSB Le Ioly Boys - Le Grand Dolours - La Morisque
transposed up a 4th
Saxophone quartet ATTB or TTTB

MENDELSSOHN

Zwei geistliche Choere

Saxophone quartet ATTB or TTTB Two male-voice (TTBB) unaccompanied motets:   Beati mortui & Periti autem. Set in the original key.

PACHELBEL

Canon

Clarinet quartet SSSB The bass clarinet is in bass clef transposing to avoid ledger lines; as there are only 8 notes repeated, this should not be difficult to learn. Low D required.
SCARLATTI Fugue in G minor K30

(Cat's Fugue)

Clarinet quartet SSSB   Once supposed to have been inspired by the cat walking along the keyboard.
Score 6 pages, parts 2 pages each.