Clarinet Pages



Each teacher generally has a course of study in which you will be exposed to the great literature for the clarinet. If you are on your own, you might consider the following works. I have tried to come up with a list of ten or so pieces in each category that I consider to be "core" works in the clarinet repertoire. This list is far from comprehensive: there are thousands of pieces written for the clarinet. I hope these suggestions will encourage you to look at other works by these composers. For an extensive database of clarinet music, try the database at

Works for Clarinet and Piano

  • Berg: Four Pieces, Op. 5
  • Bernstein: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
  • Brahms: Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1
  • Brahms: Sonata No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 120 No. 2
  • Finzi: Five Bagatelles
  • Hindemith: Sonata
  • Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
  • Saint-Saens: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
  • Schumann: Fantasy-Pieces, Op. 73
  • Weber: Grand Duo Concertante

Works for Clarinet and Orchestra

  • Copland: Clarinet Concerto
  • Debussy: Première Rhapsodie
  • Finzi: Concerto
  • Mozart: Concerto in A major, K. 622
  • Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto
  • Rossini: Introduction, Theme and Variations
  • Spohr: Concertos (4)
  • Stamitz: Concerto No. 3 in B-flat
  • Weber: Concerto No. 1 in F minor
  • Weber: Concerto No. 2 in E-flat
  • Weber: Concertino, Op. 26

Chamber Works Including Clarinet

  • Beethoven: Piano Quintet
  • Brahms: Clarinet Quintet
  • Brahms: Clarinet Trio (Clarinet, Cello, and Piano)
  • Messaien: Quartet for the End of Time
  • Mozart: Clarinet Quintet
  • Mozart: "Kegelstatt" Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano
  • Mozart: Piano Quintet
  • Schubert: Octet
  • Schubert: Shepherd on the Rock
  • Stravinsky: L'Histoire du Soldat

Works for Clarinet Alone

  • Donald Martino: A Set for Unaccompanied Clarinet
  • Olivier Messaiaen:"Abyss of Birds" from Quartet for the End of Time
  • Wilson Osborne: Rhapsody
  • Igor Stravinsky: Three Pieces
  • Joan Tower: Wings

Your study should also include orchestral excerpts - difficult and/or exposed passages in the clarinet parts of orchestra music. Orchestral excerpts form the major part of professional auditions. Follow this link for a list of audition excerpts.