Capriccio Espagnol - (Clarinet Choir)

Rimsky-Korsakov arr. Alun Cook
Alun Cook
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A famous piece with spectacular clarinet parts, here condensed down for Clarinet Choir for those brave enough to try. Some fast tonguing required and the occasional tricky key signature. The Eb part is covered by an extra Bb part and the Alto Clarinet part is covered by Clarinet 5. The 2nd Bass Clarinet is optional as are the contra parts. In addition, the Bb parts also have the final section transposed for Clarinet in A. This is to avoid a tricky key signature rather than for the added depth of tone. There is only one "Alborada" because of the keys and scoring of the original but it may be played again as a Movement 3 to retain the original structure .

(A note on the MP3 recordings - I used the Bb parts which cover the Eb Clarinet and Alto parts. I used 2 Basses and no Contras. I stuck to the Bb parts in the Fandango rather that using the alternative parts for Clarinet in A. The 'A' Clarinet parts would certainly be easier but I thought I should prove that it was playable on Bbs. The speed of the Fandango depends on the speed of your performers' tonguing - mine is not that fast! You can hear the separate movements on my website.)

Score ID
Rimsky-Korsakov arr. Alun Cook
Year of composition
Alun Cook
Difficult (Grades 7+)
15 minutes
Clarinet choir
Classical music

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