Title Carl Nielsen: Canto Serioso
2nd Edition
Instrumentation Bass Clarinet & Piano
Range Extended-range instrument required.
Recording available
Price $10
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Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) originally composed Canto Serioso for horn and piano in 1913, later arranging the work for 'cello and piano. After comparison of the different keys chosen by Nielsen for the horn and cello, the F major of the horn version was found to be more suitable to the bass clarinet, and so this original key was maintained. The work, with a duration of about 4 minutes, provides the bass clarinetist with excellent expressive opportunities. A true ensemble piece, the bass clarinet and piano parts exchange lovely melodies throughout. An extended-range instrument is required, although only for one brief passage.

In February 2015, Alea is pleased to announce the release of the 2nd Edition; the Canto Serioso was one of our earliest publications, originally released in 1999.

Listen to our recording as you watch the score:

Catalog Info Catalog #ALEA1002
Piano score: 5 pages, spiral bound
Part: 2 pages, single sheet