Title Felix Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words, Op.19 No.1
Instrumentation Bass Clarinet & Piano
Clarinet & Piano (B-flat or A clarinet)
Range Extended-range instrument NOT required.
Price $10
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Clarinet & Piano (B-flat or A clarinet)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) composed the first of his lovely Songs Without Words in 1830. While the entire volume of works for solo piano presents possibilities for transcription, we have chosen to arrange just one of the pieces, Op.19 No.1 in E Major.

This publication is available in two quite different versions, arranged for either clarinet and piano or bass clarinet and piano. The clarinet version takes the beautiful piano melody into a quite comfortable range. The bass clarinet version takes advantage of the larger range of the instrument, the bass clarinet and piano sharing both melody and bass line of the original. The key of the original work is maintained, offering the young player challenges of reading in a difficult key, but otherwise the arrangements are quite accessible for a student of either instrument.

Thanks to a suggestion from a clarinet teacher and regular customer, we now make the clarinet version of this transcription available with two parts, giving the performer the option of using either B-flat or A clarinet. We assume that many players do not have access to an A clarinet, but for those who do, they will find the key easier, and the rich tone of the instrument well-suited to this piece. No need to choose - we'll throw in both parts when you order!


Listen to the work in its original instrumentation!

Catalog Info Catalog #ALEA1056a: bass clarinet and piano
Catalog #ALEA1056b: clarinet and piano (B-flat and A clarinet parts included)
Piano score: 5 pages, spiral bound
Part: 1 page, single sheet