Saturday, 22 March 2008

Mozart: String quartet K464 for clarinet quartet

Mozart's string quartet k464 in A major is one of the six "Haydn quartets", full of intensity, pathos but also sense of humour. See wikipedia for more information on these beautiful quartets.
This transcription for clarinet quartet (3 Bb clarinets and one bass clarinet) originates from Oliver Seely's excellent original transcription for 4 clarinets. I am deeply grateful to Oliver who was so kind to send me the original files in a format compatible to Sibelius to make my work easier.

Compared to Oliver's transcription this transcription feature a bass clarinet and it is transposed down in G major (concert key of F major), avoiding need of transposing the first clarinet part one octave below to make it fit in the clarinet range, and also to keep harmony and distances between parts as in the original score.

You may use the included sibelius source files to transpose the quartet to A major (concert key G major), raising the level of technical difficulty but all parts will stay well within the normal clarinet range, and the quartet should sound slightly lighter than the proposed transcription.

Download free sheet music for Mozart's quartet K464 transcribed for clarinet quartet.

Happy playing!

1 comment:

Charles said...

Thank you for this and all your lovely music!
Charles Healey