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 (MS2), which is a free notation program downloadable from here .
To avoid confusion, often the clarinet versions are in Overture, but the saxophone in MuseScore (etc.).

Quartet 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

HANDEL
Largo from Xerxes
(Ode to a tree) 
Clarinet quartet
Saxophone quartet
SSSB or SSAB
SATB or AATB

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Midi
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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
Saxophone quartet
Brass quartet
SSSB
SATB
2 x Trp, Hn, Tbn

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From Rinaldo. A similar approach to the above.

MOZART
Rondo from K298
(flute quartet in A)
Clarinet quartet SSSB or SSAB

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Transposed down a third to concert F.
Alto clarinet recommended for 3rd part.
Voi Che Sapete Clarinet quartet SSSB

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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 

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Transposed to C major (concert)
GILES 
FARNABY
Farnaby Suite
   Farnaby's Conceit
   Giles Farnaby's Dream
   His Rest
   His Humour
Clarinet quartet
Saxophone quartet
SSSB 
SATB or AATB

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MS2

Arranged from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book.
Expression marks editorial.
LOUIS
COUPERIN
La Piemontoise Clarinet quartet SSSB 

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Originally for harpsichord.

JOHN KILPATRICK
Conceits for Tarogato Clarinet quartet or solo Bb instrument with clarinet trio SSSB or Tg/SSB

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Composed for 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

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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

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A piece suitable for a funeral or other time of memory - secular or sacred.
The Knave of Hearts Clarinet quartet
Saxophone quartet
SSSB
SATB

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Midi  MS2
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An instrumental version of a choral piece on words by Gelett Burgess: a clever poem based on features of the card game Euchre.

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Midi 
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Antique Suite Trombone trio
Saxophones
TTT or TTB
AAT or AATB

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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
Saxophone quartet
SSSB
SATB 

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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
Saxophone quartet
SSSB 
SATB

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 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 

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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
Saxophone quartet

Clarinet quintet

SSSB or SSAB
SATB

SSSSB

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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
Saxophone quartet
SSSB or SSAB
SATB

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From Purcell's opera King Arthur.
Passacaglia from King Arthur Clarinet quartet SSSB or SSAB

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"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 from Abdelazar Clarinet quartet SSSB

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The famous Rondeau from Purcell's Abdelazar Suite
Thou Knowest, Lord Clarinet quartet
Saxophone quartet
SSSB
SATB

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

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  4-part arrangement allowing for either one verse or two.
BUXTEHUDE Canzonetta in G Clarinet quartet
Saxophone quartet
SSSB
SATB

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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

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original composer James Lord Pierpont
arrangement by John Kilpatrick
VIVALDI Pastorale from "Spring" Clarinet quartet SSSB

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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

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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

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"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
Saxophone quartet
SSSB or SSAB
SATB or AATB

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Midi
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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
Saxophone quartet
SSSB
SATB / AATB /STTB

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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
Saxophone quartet
SSSB
SATB or AATB

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  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
Saxophone quartet
Clarinet quartet
Trp, Hn, Tbn, Bass
SATB / AATB / ATTB
SSSB

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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
Saxophone quartet
Clarinet quartet
Trp, Hn, Tbn, Bass, BG
SATB / AATB / ATTB
SSSB

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Similar to above. In the brass version an eoptional xtra 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

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  This one can be played on 4 x Bb clarinet. Transposed up a 5th.
Pavane & Galliarde "La Dona"
Nos. 38,50
Clarinet quartet
Saxophone quartet
SSSB
SATB or AATB

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  Clarinets: transposed up a 4th
Saxophones: untransposed
Basse Danses & Morisque
Nos. 9,6,5
Clarinet quartet
Saxophone quartet
SSSB
ATTB or TTTB

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  Le Ioly Boys - Le Grand Dolours - La Morisque
transposed up a 4th
MENDELSSOHN Zwei geistliche Choere
 
Beati mortui & Periti autem
Saxophone quartet
Trombone quartet
ATTB or TTTB
TTBB

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Two male-voice (TTBB)unaccompanied motets. Set in the original key.
PACHELBEL Canon Clarinet quartet SSSB

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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.