Thursday, 22 November 2007

Sonata Wq132 of C.P.E. Bach, music that works well for clarinet solo

There is quite a lot of music for solo instrument that can be played successfully on the clarinet.

This week I want to share one of my favourite pieces, the sonata in a-moll Wq132 of C.P.E. Bach, originally scored for solo flute.

The first movement is really beautiful and in my opinion it works well on the clarinet, even if I found it quite challenging. The other two movements are lots of fun but very "flautistic", and do not work for the clarinet as well as the first movement.

All three movements can be played directly form the original score since it fits well in the clarinet range (highest note is F#).

You can download the whole sonata as PDF and MIDI files from the Werner Icking Music Archive. The piece is listed as "Sonata in a Minor for solo flute (Wq 132 [H 562]) ":

Download the whole sonata Wq132 of C.P.E. Bach from Werner Icking Music Archive

I made a transcription for the clarinet of the first movement in d-moll if you prefer to play it lower and use more of the chalumeau register:

Download sheet music for the sonata Wq132 of C.P.E. Bach transposed in d-moll (first movement only)

I hope you enjoy it, please send your comment and your own recording of this piece!

I would also love to hear which are your favourite transcriptions.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why don't you make the whole? I will say thanks very much for you

Paolo Leva said...

Thanks for your comment, I will work on the whole piece one day. Now I have less time for the clarinet, but hopefully I'll get back on track soon.