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Clarinet Listening List

Robert Moody, the owner of Musix4me LLC, standing in a music classroom, ready to teach.

I am in Generation X and went to a conservative undergraduate school, so this is a more conservative list—it does not touch on works from about 1960 on.

[I hope to update this list with links directly to the works on YouTube.]


Consider these Clarinet Classics. There are fifty here, so one a week will take about a year.  A year well spent listening! If you decide to go to college to major in Music (Clarinet Performance?) You will be exposed to all of these plus a list of orchestral works well worth listening to.

Unaccompanied Clarinet Solo

Berio - Sequenza IXa 

Martino - A Set for Clarinet

Stravinsky - Three Pieces for Clarinet

Sutermeister – Capriccio


Clarinet Solo

Arnold - Sonatina, Op. 29

Brahms - Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1

Brahms - Sonata No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 120, No. 2

Copland - Concerto

Crusell - Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 5

Debussy - Première Rhapsodie

Finzi - Five Bagatelles, Op. 23

Françaix - Concerto

Krommer - Concerto in E-flat Major, Op. 36

Lutoslawski - Dance Preludes

Messager - Solo de concours

Mozart - Concerto in A Major, K. 622

Nielsen - Concerto, Op. 57

Poulenc - Sonata for Clarinet and Piano 

Rossini - Introduction, Theme and Variations

Saint-Saens - Sonata, Op. 167 Clarinet & Piano

Schumann - Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73

Stamitz - Concerto No. 3 in B-flat major

Spohr - Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 26

Weber - Concertino, Op. 26

Weber - Concerto in F minor, Op. 73

Weber - Concerto in E-flat major, Op. 74

Weber - Grand Duo Concertant, Op. 48


Chamber Music on next page…

Chamber Music (featuring Clarinet)

Bartók - Contrasts, Sz. 111, BB 116

Beethoven - Trio in B-flat major, Op. 11

Beethoven - Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20

Brahms - Trio in A minor, Op. 114

Brahms - Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

Bruch - Eight Pieces, Op. 83

Glinka - Trio pathétique

Khachaturian - Trio for clarinet, violin, and piano 

Mendelssohn - Konzertstück No. 1 in F major, Op. 113

Mendelssohn - Konzertstück No. 2 in D minor, Op. 114

Messiaen - Quatuor pour la fin du temps 

Mozart - Kegelstatt Trio in E-flat major, K. 498

Mozart - Quintet in A major, K. 581

Mozart - Serenade No. 10 in B-flat major, K. 361 ("Gran Partita")

Poulenc - Sonata for Two Clarinets

Poulenc - Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon, FP 32a

Reger - Clarinet Quintet in A Major, Op. 146

Schubert - Shepherd on the Rock, D. 965

Schubert - Octet in F major, D. 803

Schumann - Fairy Tales, Op. 132

Stravinsky - l'Histoire du Soldat 

Stravinsky - Octet for Wind Instruments

Weber - Quintet in B-flat major, Op. 34

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