Clarinet and Saxophone Trios, Quartets & Quintets, edited or arranged by John Kilpatrick

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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.

    *  some in MuseScore 2, others in MuseScore 3 - there may be some format issues reading MS2 files in MS3

Clarinet & Sax Music) 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
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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  


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.


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

Clarinet quartet SSSB Transposed to C major (concert)


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  


La Piemontoise

Clarinet quartet SSSB Originally for harpsichord.


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); 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" (verses 1-5).
Saxophone quartet SATB  

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

Fugue in 24 keys

Clarinet quintet SSSSB or SSSAB A short fugue (1.5min) which cycles round all major and minor keys.

Excursion in Three Parts

Clarinet trio SSB A piece for 3 instruments in 3 movements. Think of some short walks out from the hotel when on holiday.

Two Homer Sonnets
  - On first looking into Chapman's Homer
  - To Homer

Clarinet quartet SSSB
From the choral version, transposed to clarinet pitch. In concert pitch the intersting harmonies are influenced by a rule that nouns starting A-H centre on chord of that note. Keys (in clarinet pitch) Eb major & C# major. The music is presented without key signatures.



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


"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

Sweet Honey-Sucking Bees

Clarinet quintet SSSSB John Wilbye


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 parts; solo tenor given to 3rd part; some phrases added to represent continuo.
Saxophone quartet SSTB or SSAB  

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  


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


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


Two Motets

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


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.


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.



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.


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 (nos 7,19)
  "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/ATTB

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

Pavane no. 1  "Mille Regretz"
No. 37

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


Zwei geistliche Choere

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



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.