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

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Music for quartets - clarinet/sax and brass - 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
Saxophone quartet SATB or AATB

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.
Lascia Ch'io Piango Clarinet quartet SSSB
Saxophone quartet SATB
Brass quartet 2 x Trp, Hn, Tbn
 
 

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
   Farnaby's Conceit
   Giles Farnaby's Dream
   His Rest
   His Humour
Clarinet quartet SSSB
Saxophone quartet SATB or AATB

 
Arranged from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book.
Expression marks editorial.

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 originaly 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
Saxophone quartet SATB

An instrumental version of a choral piece on words by Gelett Burgess: a clever poem based on features of the card game Euchre.
Antique Suite Trombone trio TTT or TTB
Saxophones AAT or AATB

A suite of 4 movements loosely modelled on Susato. About 4 minutes.
Trombones: 3-part in Bb.
Saxophones: 4-part in F; for 3-part omit the baritone part.

PERCY SNOWDON

Betelgeuse Clarinet quartet SSSB
Saxophone quartet SATB

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

MADRIGALS

"Fair Phyllis"
    Fair Phyllis
    Phyllis, farewell
    Amyntas with his Phyllis fair
Clarinet quartet SSSB
Saxophone quartet SATB


John Farmer
Thomas Bateson
Francis Pilkington
Four English Madrigals
    April is in my mistress' face
    Weep, O mine eyes
    Adieu, swet Amaryllis
    Construe my meaning
Clarinet quartet SSSB
Saxophone quartet SATB


Thomas Morley
John Bennet
John Wilbye
Giles Farbnaby

PURCELL

Dido's Lament
  Thy hand, Belinda (recit.)
  When I am laid in earth (air)
  With drooping wings (chorus)
Clarinet quartet SSSB or SSAB
Saxophone quartet SATB

Clarinet quintet SSSSB



From Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneus.
The quintet version has the recit. and air only.
3 tunes from King Arthur
  Come if you dare
  How blest are shepherds
  Fairest Isle
Clarinet quartet SSSB or SSAB
Saxophone quartet SATB
 
 
From Purcell's opera King Arthur.
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
Saxophone quartet SATB

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

Anthem; words included in the parts.
If Music be the Food of Love Clarinet quartet SSSB
Saxophone quartet SATB

 
4-part arrangement allowing for either one verse or two.

BUXTEHUDE

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

XMAS

Jingle Bells Clarinet quartet SSSB   original composer James Lord Pierpont
arrangement by John Kilpatrick

VICTORIA

Two Motets
 
Ave Maria & O Vos Omnes
Saxophone quartet SATB or AATB 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

DANSERYE - COMPLETE

"For all musical instruments"
 Superius / Contra-tenor / Tenor / Bassus

 
(large file)
"Het derde musyck boexken" (1551), also known as Danserye, in an urtext edition as described here.
Basse Dance No.8
 
"Danse du Roy"
Clarinet quartet SSSB or SSAB
Saxophone quartet SATB or AATB
 
 
Original pitch (transposed for the instruments).
Clarinet and Sax parts interchangeable. Parts are 1 page each.
Basse Dance 7 & Rondo 7
  "Entre du fol" & "Il estoit une filette"
Clarinet quartet SSSB
Saxophone quartet SATB/AATB/STTB

Original pitch (transposed for the instruments).
Clarinet and Sax parts interchangeable. Parts are 1 page each.
Basse Dance & Reprise (nos 10,11)
  "Mon desir" & "Le cueur est bon"
Clarinet quartet SSSB
Saxophone quartet SATB or AATB
 
 
Danserye no.10 transposed up a forth; no.11 transposed down a tone.
Clarinet and Sax parts interchangeable. Parts 2 pages each.
Danserye Selection
Nos. 2,7,18,22,37,43,54,32
Brass quartet Trp, Hn, Tbn, Bass
Saxophone quartet SATB/AATB/STTB
Clarinet quartet SSSB
 

All or a subset may be played as a suite. The pieces have been transposed to lie within the range of the instruments. For the brass, the bass part is best played on bass trombone or euphonium (rather than at tuba pitch, say). The brass & sax parts are interchangeable, but the clarinet parts for the galliards are a 4th higher.
(Please add your own dynamics & expression.)
Further Danserye Selection
Nos. 20,39,52,29,41
Brass quartet or quintet
  Trp, Hn, Tbn, Bass, [BG]
Saxophone quartet SATB or AATB
Clarinet quartet SSSB

 
 
Similar to above. In the brass version an optional extra part (BG) has been added.
The first 3 pieces are on the same theme "Mille ducas en vostre bource".
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
Saxophone quartet SATB or AATB
 
 
Clarinets: transposed up a 4th
Saxophones: untransposed
Basse Danses & Morisque
Nos. 9,6,5
Clarinet quartet SSSB
Saxophone quartet ATTB or TTTB

Le Ioly Boys - Le Grand Dolours - La Morisque
transposed up a 4th

MENDELSSOHN

Zwei geistliche Choere
 
Beati mortui & Periti autem
Saxophone quartet ATTB or TTTB
Trombone quartet TTBB
 
Two male-voice (TTBB) unaccompanied motets. 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.