Title Franz Schubert: 'Arpeggione' Sonata
Instrumentation Bass Clarinet & Piano
Range Extended-range instrument NOT required.
Price $20
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Schubert's 'Arpeggione' sonata, now typically performed on viola or cello, earned its name from the instrument for which it was originally composed. The arpeggione, or guitar d'amour, was a six-stringed instrument, fretted and tuned like a guitar, but played like the 'cello, held between the knees and bowed.

This transcription of the three-movement sonata provides the bass clarinetist with an excellent early-romantic virtuosic performance piece. The more advanced player might choose to add the entire sonata to a recital program; younger players might choose just one movement for contest or audition purposes.

Original key and range maintained. Extended-range bass clarinet NOT required. Some passages require comfort with altissimo register; some players may choose to transpose a few measures down by one octave.

Syllabi/Music Lists

This publication appears in the following syllabi/prescribed music lists:

  • Australian Music Examinations Board (2016 Clarinet Syllabus)

Listen to the work in its original instrumentation!

Catalog Info Catalog #ALEA1039
Piano score: 29 pages, spiral bound
Part: 12 pages, staple bound