Norwegian Clarinet Repertoire

Norwegian Clarinet Music

Compiled April 2015 by Dr. Gregory M. Barrett, Northern Illinois University


Information about Norwegian Music

Music Norway musicnorway.no
(formerly MIC Norway www.listento.no)

Norwegian Encyclopedia Classical Music  Gunn Hild Lem, Editor
https://snl.no/.taxonomy/640


Collections

Nasjonalbiblioteket, P.O. Box 2671 Solli, N-0203 Oslo. Visiting address: Henrik Ibsens Gate 110 Oslo  Telephone: +47 23 27 61 60  noter@nb.no


Publishers

Musikk Huset, Edition Lyche, Norsk Musikforlag:
www.musikkforlagene.no/en

Norsk Musikforlag: norskmusikforlag.no


Works

*Music for Eb, Bb, A, basset horn, alto clarinet, bass clarinet and contra bass clarinet possibly included in each category.
*Grading difficulty scale is from 1 to 6.


Solo Clarinet

Adderley, Mark (b. 1960)  Drawings I for Solo Clarinet (2001)
7 pages  10’30”
With air sounds and complex rhythms. Adderley: “…musical correspondence to the movement of a pen in the act of making a sketch.” Grade 6.
Adderly studied composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music with Olav Anton Thommessen and Lass Thoresen.
Commissioned by Rolf Borch with funds from Norwegian Composers Fund.
Recorded by Rolf Borch on 2007 Aurora CD Rolf Borch: Step Inside

Adderley, Mark (b. 1960)  Making Up My Mind (2003)
5 pages
Modernist, open form, range of 10 articulations. Grade 4.
Amundsen, Tore Svads (b. 1953)  Solostykke for bassklarinett: En reise til Berlin (1981)
Modernist, repetitive rhythms, a few multiphonics, key claps. Grade 4.
Written for Terje Lerstad.

Andersen, Kjell Magne (b. 1954)  Tema med variasjoner for klarinett solo, Op. 6 (1999)
3 pages  5’
Traditional. Theme and five short variations. Grade 3.
For Monica Lund.

Berg, Olav (b. 1949)  Turns in the Golden Room (2007)
4 pages
Modernist, a few quarter tones, slow tempo, rubato with alternating long notes and passage work. Grade 4
For Håkon Vestly.

Berge, Sigurd (1929-2002)  Klarinettsolo
4 pages
Traditional, elementary style. Grade 3

Berstad, Ragnhild (b. 1956)  Respiro for Amplified Clarinet and Tape (1994)
5 pages  10’30”
Modernist, quarter tones, glissandi. Grade 6
For Lars Hilde.

Buene, Eivind (b. 1973)  Readings for Bass Clarinet
Three movements
6 pages  9'
Modernist, disjunct, flutter tongue. Grade 6

Buene, Eivind (b. 1973)  Sotto Voce for Clarinet Solo (2004)
4 pages  10’
Modernist, multiphoncs, slap tongue, many ¼ tones, moves from very quiet to ff. Grade 6
Recorded by Rolf Borch on 2007 Aurora CD Rolf Borch: Step Inside

Emilsen, Per-Anders (b. 1964)  Quest for solo clarinet (1987)
9 pages  7’40”
Modernist, rubato style, with several fast roulades. Grade 5

Evensen, Bernt Kasberg (b. 1944)  Suite for klarinett (1972)
3 pages  9’
Traditional. Intro., Scherzo, Elegia, Walzer, Lied ohne Worte, Fugue. Grade 3
Good for students.

Fongaard, Bjørn (1919-1980)  Concerto for Clarinet in A and Tape, Op. 131 No. 7 (1976)
4 pages  12’
Proportional notation. Multiphonics at end. Grade 4

Fongaard, Bjørn (1919-1980)  Sonate nr, 1-2 for clarinet in A, Op. 125 nr. 10-11 (1973)
Each Sonata is 2 pages, grade 4 and uses proportional notation. 8’
Nr. 1: Adagio, Allegro Vivace
Nr. 2: Adagio molto, Moderato cantabile.

Fongaard, Bjørn (1919-1980)  Sonate nr, 1-2 for clar. basso, Op. 125 nr. 12 (1973)
2 pages  8’
Proportional notation. Grade 4

Grenager, Lena (b. 1969)  Fumblemumble (2007)
6 pages
All notes same duration. Some sections “As fast as possible, legato” marked ppp.
Several multiphonics, interesting piece. Grade 5

Gaathaug, Morten (b. 1955)  Solissimo: Solostykke for bassklarinett, op. 22 (1981-84)
4 pages  6’
Sectional, easy range. Grade 4

Haaland, Kyrre Sassebo (b. 1976)  Sort Fugl (Black Bird) (2008)
4’20”
Includes key clicks, flutter tongue, air sounds. Grade 5
Composed on the 100th anniversary of Olivier Messiaen. Based on transcription of the song of a blackbird.  Quotes Messiaen Abîme des oiseaux.
Recorded by Fredrik Fors on 2009 Lindberg Lyd AS CD Black Bird (Sort Fugl)

Hegdal, Magne (b. 1944)  Par IV
12’30”
For clarinet in A.
Modernist, two contrasting movements, the first aleatoric, the second “based on personal choice;” a few multiphonics. Grade 5
Studied with Conrad Baden and Finn Mortensen. Was music critic for newspaper Dagbladet for many years.
Recorded by Rolf Borch on 2007 Aurora CD Rolf Borch: Step Inside

Heidel, Ida Helene (b. 1958)  Solo for Clarinet: A Solopiece for Bb Clarinet No . 1 (1994)
2 pages
Slow tempo, like a soliloquy with outbursts, several multiphonics, breath sound, flutter tongue. Grade 5

Heidel, Ida Helene (b. 1958)  Solo for Clarinet: A Solopiece for Bb Clarinet No . 2 (1994)
An extended 3 page version of No. 1, more agitato music. Grade 5

Hellstenius, Henrik (b. 1963)  Dansemusikk ’92 (1992)
Bass clarinet and tape
Many sections including Moderato “Funk de Norvège” and Grave – con molto silenzio.
Modernist, repetitious. Grade 5

Johansen, Bertil Palmar (b. 1954)  Clariphone (1991)
Clarinet and tape
20’ 
Grade 5.

Johansen, Pia Møller (b. 1988)  Tears for a Penguin for clarinet in Bb (2007)
3 pages  7’
Accessible style. Expressive music. Grade 3

Johnsen, Hallvar (1916-2003)  Suite for Clarinet Solo, Op. 58 (1973)
Pastoral, Humoreske, Eligi, Grazioso, Epilog
5 pages  13’30”  Grade 4
For Dag Simonsen
Norsk Musikforlag

Kahrs, Sven Lyder (b. 1959)  Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern for Bb Clarinet (2003)
7 pages  13’ 30”
Modernist, many extended techniques, some ¼ tones, many contrasts. Grade 6
Title borrowed from J.S. Bach Chorale BWV 436; tribute to Bach. Written for Rolf Borch.
Kahrs studied with Finn Mortensen and Kolbjørn Ofstad, later with Ferneyhough, Nunes and at IRCAM and Royamont.
Recorded by Rolf Borch on 2007 Aurora CD Rolf Borch: Step Inside

Killengreen, Christian (b. 1954)  Solitune for klarinett (1985/87)
2 pages
Traditional/modernist. Grade 5

Koch, Dagfinn (b. 1964)  Urban Rhapsody (1997)
4 pages
For Jochen Wulf on his 70th anniversary. Premiered by Jens Schou in Bergen.
Grade 5

Kruse, Bjørn (b. 1946)  Begrep for solo Bb klarinett (1976)
7 pages  7’
Modernist, rhapsodic, no extended techniques. Grade 5

Kruse, Bjørn (b. 1946)  Pre pandemonium for Solo Bb Clarinet (1995)
9 pages  12’
Modernist, dramatic, no extended techniques. Grade 6
For Håkon Stødle

Kvam, Oddvar S. (b. 1927)  Clarimpette, op. 71, nr. 1 (1984)
7 pages 7’
Elementary student style. Grade 3
Musikk-Husets Forlag

Kvam, Oddvar S. (b. 1927)  Monofoni for klarinett: Fra 5 monofonier for blåsekvintett, op. 43 (1977)
1’30”
Conservative, traditional, moderato and fast notes.
Good for students.
Musikk-Husets Forlag

Kvandal, Johan (1919-1999)  Fantasy for Solo Clarinet, Op. 68 no. 2 (1989)
4 pages  6’
Conservative, traditional. Grade 5
Recorded by Fredrik Fors on 2009 Lindberg Lyd AS CD Black Bird (Sort Fugl)
Norsk Musikforlag

Lerstad, Terje Bjørn (b. 1955) 2 stykker for klarinett solo, op. 83 (1974)
I. Fantasia II. Fugue á tre voci
4 pages  6’30”
Traditional, very “clarinety,” Fantasia ends on altissimo E. Grade 5

Lerstad, Terje Bjørn (b. 1955)  3 stykker for kontrabassklarinett solo, op 101 (1976)
Tranquillo, Burlesque, Ritmico
7’
Conservative, student-like with a few super high notes.
Has his fingering chart of top two octaves.

Lerstad, Terje Bjørn (b. 1955)  Bassklarinett solo, op. 136 B (1981)
Introduction, Theme and 4 Variations
7 pages  10’30”
Slap tongue, foot stomps and metronome.

Lerstad, Terje Bjørn (b. 1955)  Carpriccio, op. 99 (1980)
D or Eb cl
I. Improvisation II. Presto ritmico
3 pages  5’
Conservative style with multiphonics. Grade 6

Lerstad, Terje Bjørn (b. 1955)  Fantasy over en salmetone fra middelalderen for 2 – eller 3 – klaffet barokklarinett, op. 178 (1985) 
4 pages  5’30”
Baroque style. D cl at A=415. Grade 3

Lerstad, Terje Bjørn (b. 1955)  Hommage á Stravinsky, op. 23: Monolog for Ass-klarinett solo (1982)
Piccolo Ab cl
5 pages  6’30”
Quotes Stravinsky Rite of Spring D clarinet.

Lerstad, Terje Bjørn (b. 1955)  Improvisajon for bassettklarinett I C, op. 168 D (2004)
4’ 30”
Modified version of Lamento op. 168 C (1984) 

Lerstad, Terje Cbb (b. 1955)   Lamento op. 168 C (1984/87)
C cl
2 pages  4’
Traditional style except for multiphonic at end. Grade 4
Recorded by Terje B. Lerstad on 2002 Norwegian Society of Composers CD Lyrical Punk Clarinet

Lerstad, Terje Bjørn (b. 1955)  Prust (“Snort”) for multiklarinettist og lydband, op. 209 (2000)
Cl/tape
15’
Theatre piece inspired by Mauricio Kagel.
Performer plays at least three instruments. Grade 6

Lerstad, Terje Bjørn (b. 1955)  Rendez-vous I: Monomane studier I proportion sesquinquinta og sesquialtera, op. 188 (1987)
Eb cl/tape
16 pages  9’
Modernist and traditional, extreme range. Grade 6

Lerstad, Terje Bjørn (b. 1955)  Rendez-vous II: Ouverture de Perceval, op. 189 (1989)
Contra-alto cl/tape
10 pages  11’30”
Modernist, extreme range. Grade 6

Lerstad, Terje Bjørn (b. 1955)  Sonate for klarinett solo (1972)
6 pages  6’
Four movements, conservative early student work. Includes clarinet’s highest C#.
Grade 3

Lerstad, Terje Bjørn (b. 1955)  To kadenser til verker av Bjørn Hoemsnes, op. 82 (1981)
Kadens til “Appilkasjoner” c cl + ekko.
Kadens til “Kammerkonsept” bassklarinett
4 pages  4’30”
Extreme range. Grade 6

Lerstad, Terje Bb (b. 1955)  Toccata for kontrabassklarinett solo, op. 183 (1986)
Contrabass cl
4 pages  5’
Modernist, extreme range. Grade 6
Recorded by Terje B. Lerstad on 2002 Norwegian Society of Composers CD Lyrical Punk Clarinet

Lunde Jr., Ivar (b. 1944)  Improvisasjoner over eget tema for klarinett, op. 18 (1964)
3 pages  5’
Conservative rhythm, modernist pitches. Grade 4

Lönner, Oddvar (b. 1954)  Qűp fűr Klarinette in B oder A (1979)
2 pages  5’
Modernistic/expressionistic. Some graphic notation. Grade 5

Matre, Ørjan (b. 1979)  Prologue: for solo clarinet in Bb (2010)
7’ 30”
Based on material from solo sections of Matre’s clarinet concerto Inside Out.
Includes quarter tones, multiphonics, clarinet-specific tremolos. Grade 6
Recorded by Rolf Borch on 2012 Aurora CD Inside Out

Mortensen, Finn (1922-83)  Sonatina for solo clarinet op. 9 (1957)
Adagio, Allegro vivace
Bb cl
4 pages  6’ 30”
Flutter tongue and glissandi (including from low G) in Allegro vivace. Conservative rhythm, modernist pitches. Written for Richard Kjelstrup. Grade 4
Leading Norwegian composition teacher during tenure at Oslo Conservatory of Music and the Norwegian Academy of Music. Early pieces neoclassical, then wrote in serial style.
Norsk Musikforlag
Recorded by Terje B. Lerstad on 2002 Norwegian Society of Composers CD Lyrical Punk Clarinet
Recorded by Fredrik Fors on 2009 Lindberg Lyd AS CD Black Bird (Sort Fugl)

Ness, Jon Øvind (b. 1968)  Good News from Odessa (2007)
4 pages
Version for solo clarinet prepared in collaboration with Rolf Borch. They are best friends.
Modernistic, acrobatic. Grade 6

Ness, Jon Øvind (b. 1968)  Strain for Solo Clarinet (1998)
4 pages  8’30”
Modernistic, acrobatic, very dense with flutter tongue and multiphonics. Grade 6+
For Ingvild Hafskjold.

Nordhagen, Stig (b. 1966)  For klarinett solo
I. Preludium  II. Fugue  III. Postludium
4 pages  5’
Conservative, student style.

Rebne, Rune (b. 1961)  Gelma: For Clarinet in Bb and prerecorded material.
Score is 7  pages 10’
Commissioned by Ultima with assistance from Norwegian Composer’s Fund for John Bruce Yeh.
Moderistic. Grade 6

Rønnes, Robert (b. 1959)  The old Castle in Chinion
Basset horn and tape.
2 pages 1’30”
Simplistic basset horn part.
Rønnes is a bassoonist.

Schevikhoven, Henk van (1947-1999)  Sonata for Clarinet (1975)
3 movements including Tema con variazon
7 pages  8’
Conservative rhythm, 12-tone style. Grade 5

Ski-Berg, Veronica Ski (b. 1990)  Ad Undas: I bølgene tapt: for solo clarinet in Bb (2012)
2 pages
Focus on slow moving sounds. Grade 4

Ski-Berg, Veronica Ski (b. 1990)  Mismo (2010)
2 pages
Traditional. Part 1 –slow rubato with a few air sounds. Part 2 –mostly minimalist, Allegro 16ths. Grade 4

Slettholm, Yngve (b. 1955)   Air I for Clarinet Solo (1991)
3 pages  9’
Modernistic, dissonant. Grade 5

Tandberg, Kari Beate (b. 1958)  Songlines for bass clarinet in Bb and electronics (2000)
14 pages  9’30”
Many extended techniques. Grade 6
Commissioned by Anne Sofie Halvorsen through Norwegian Composer’s Fund.

Thommessen, Olav Anton (b. 1946)  Stanza for Frøydis for klarinett (1975)
1 page  4’
Traditional rhythm, chromatic style. Grade 3
Studied at Indiana University.

Ulvo, Therese B. (b. 1982)  Solo Bubbles (2010/2011)
4 pages  12’
Many extended techniques, slow moving with many harmonics.
For Kristine Tjøgersen with support from Intro Composer.
Friend of clarinetist Christian Stene.

Vigulf, Roger Arve (b. 1964)  Cadenzas for solo Bb and bass clarinet with digital delay (2010)
22’
Modernistic, rhapsodic. Slap and flutter tongue, glissandi, air sounds, circular breathing. A few of the cadenzas are mostly traditional.

Vigulf, Roger Arve (b. 1964)  Concerto pour Clarinet et la bande (2004)
Clarinet and tape.
3 pages
Score and order of music is unclear.

Vigulf, Roger Arve (b. 1964)  Hymn III for bass klarinett with percussive instruments and digital delay (2012)
Clarinetist plays percussion: gong, wind machine, chimes, car horn, and flageolet flute. Slap and flutter tongue. Grade 5

Vigulf, Roger Arve (b. 1964)  Mephisto & Buzzo for solo Bb and Bass Klarinett med digital delay (2014)
34 pages  50’
Traditional and conservative elements with multiphonics, double tongue, slap tongue, vocal sounds, glissandi, air sounds, key clicks, improvisation. Grade 6
Commissioned by Kattas Figurteater/Anne Helgesen from Norwegian Composer’s Fund.

Vigulf, Roger Arve (b. 1964)  Silver Licories for klarinett (Bb) og tape (2002)
2 pages
With free jazz improvisation.

Vogt, Herman (b. 1976)  Wood and Wind Immanent for clarinet in Bb (2005)
5 pages  8’
Modernistic, dynamic range, multiphonics. Grade 6
For Rolf Borch from Norwegian Composer’s Fund Synnøve og Elias Fegerstens Stiftelse.

Vaage, Knut (b. 1961)  Code for solo clarinet (2008)
1 page score with or without amplification
3 versions: 3’ to 12’
Open form with many vocal sounds. Grade 6
For Rolf Borch.

Vaage, Knut (b. 1961)  Skimmer (Shimmer) for kontrabassklarinett in Bb (2014)
4 pages  11’
Focus on tone, gesture, circular breathing, flutter tongue, extended range. Grade 6
For Rolf Borch

Ødegaard, Henrik (b. 1955)  Antiphona V “Ave Maria” (2008)
6 pages  6’30”
Traditional. Based on chant reproduced in score.
For Hilde Ellingsen Grant.
Norsk Musikforlag

Aagaard-Nilsen Torstein (b. 1964)  Blue Portrait for Solo Bb clarinet (2008)
7 over-sized pages.  13’
Mostly traditional but with tremolos, multiphonics, several ¼ tones. Grade 5

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Clarinet and Piano (including concerto reductions)

Go to Clarinet Concertos without Piano Reduction (or if unsure reduction is available)

Adderley, Mark (b. 1960)  Drawings II for Clarinet & Piano (2001)
Score is 13 oversize pages.
Complicated rhythms, dense. Written for Rolf Borch. Grade 6

Albertsen, Per Hjort (b. 1919)  Sonatine for klarinett og klaver, op. 9 (1950)
Allegro moderato, Adagio, Presto
10’30”
Grade 4
Recorded on Philips
Norske Komponisters Forlag

Antosen, Ivar (b. 1946)  Preludium and Fugue (1976)
Bb cl/pn
7’
Håkon Stødle: “The Prelude and Fugue by Ivar Antonsen is in a (more) modern harmonic and melodic style with stylistic elements from Stravinsky and jazz. At the time I did not know any work written in the form of a Bach prelude and fugue for clarinet, so I asked Ivar to write one for me.” Attractive piece. Grade 5
Written for Håkon and Tori Stødle.
Norsk Musikforlag 1987
Recorded by Håkon Stødle on 1987 Norden LP SNM 101 Musikk Fra Nord

Baden, Conrad (1908-89)   Sonate for bassklarinett og klaver op. 116 (1978)
Allegretto commodo, Andante mesto, Allegro con brio
Bass cl/pn
7’
Traditional. Grade 3
Recorded by Terje B. Lerstad on 2002 Norwegian Society of Composers CD Lyrical Punk Clarinet

Berg, Olav (b. 1949) Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (1986)
17’
Neoclassical. Has piano reduction.
Dedicatee Håkon Vestl recorded with Stavanger Symphony.
Norsk Musikforlag 

Berg, Olav (b. 1949)  Fantasie Breve (1983)
Bb cl/pn
9’
12 tone.
Written for Håkon Vestly.
Norsk Musikforlag
Recorded by Terje B. Lerstad on 2002 Norwegian Society of Composers CD Lyrical Punk Clarinet

Bull, Edvard Hagerup (1912-2012) Sonate pour Clarinette et Piano, op. 11 (1950)
10’
Traditional. Grade 4
Student of Darius Milhaud and Boris Blacher.

Coates, Robert (b. 1954)  Sonatine nr. 1 for klarinett og klaver, op. 2 nr. 1 (1972/1989)
Traditional. Grade 3
Norsk Musikforlag

Coates, Robert (b. 1954)  Sonatine nr. 2 for klarinett og klaver, op. 2 nr. 2 (1970/1989)
Traditional. Grade
Norsk Musikforlag

Evensen, Bernt Kasberg (b. 1944)  Petit suite (1972/2013)
Moderato senza rigore, Andante, Allegro, Sicilienne
5 pages
Based on improvisation with Otto Beck.
Some jazz harmony, flutter tongue. Grade 3

Fongaard, Bjørn (1919-1980)  1.-2. Sonatina for Clarinet in A and Piano, op. 126 No. 14-15 (1974)
6’
Modernistic, proportional notation.

Fongaard, Bjørn (1919-1980)  Sonatina for Clar. Basso in B and Piano, op. 126 No. 16 (1974)
6’
Proportional notation.

Germten jr., Gunnar (1947-1999)  Lock for Clarinet and Piano (1987)
Score is 9 pages. 4’
Prepared piano has rubber bands between lowest strings.
Poetic, rhythmic. Grade 5
For Håkon Stødle.

Gjerstrøm, Bjørn G. (b. 1939)  Three Nature Impressions for clarinet and piano, Op. 57 (2010)
13 page score. 8’
Traditional rhythms, modern harmony with many 2nds. Grade 5

Gaathaug, Morten (b. 1955)   Tema con variazioni op. 22a (1983/2001)
Tema and six variations
Bass cl/pn
7’
Recorded by Terje B. Lerstad on 2002 Norwegian Society of Composers CD Lyrical Punk Clarinet

Goksøyr, Roar  The Turning Point (2002)
Process music. Takes away note then adds back in solo clarinet; then clarinet with sparse piano. Grade 5 

Hjorth, Søren (b. 1947) Yang og yin II
Three movements  6’15”
Tradiational, melodic, pop/jazz style, third movement more modernistic. Attractive piece.
Håkon Stødle: “Yang og yin II by Søren Hjorth is a piece written in the style of the Danish composer Per Nørgård’s Infinity Series, which in this piece results in beautiful melodies.
Grade 4
Written for Håkon and Tori Stødle.
Recorded by Håkon Stødle on 1987 Norden LP SNM 101 Musikk Fra Nord 

Hundsnes, Svein (b. 1951)  Suite for klarinett og klavér (1984)
Neo-Romantic.

Jordhøy, Greta (b. 1932)  2 Fabler for klarinett og piano (2010)
Score is 7 pages. Grade 3

Jordhøy, Greta (b. 1932)  Tango Amoroso (2001)
Score is 4 pages. Grade 2

Jordhøy, Greta (b. 1932)  Tango in Bagdad (2001)
Score is 5 pages. 4’ Grade 4

Kvandel, Johan (1919-1999)  Da Lontano, Op. 32
Cl (or alto fl)/pn
Norsk Musikforlag

Kvandel, Johan (1919-1999)  Nocturne, Op. 56
Cl (or alto fl)/pn
Norsk Musikforlag

Lerstad, Terje A# (b. 1955)   Fantasy piece no. 1, op. 170 no. 1 (1984)
Eb cl/pn
6’
Recorded by Terje B. Lerstad on 2002 Norwegian Society of Composers CD Lyrical Punk Clarinet

Lunde jr., Ivar   Four Moods, Op. 50
Cl/pn
8’
Norsk Musikforlag

Lunde, Johan Backer (1874-1958)  Suite in D minor, Op. 14
Cl/pn
Norsk Musikforlag
Well-known pianist and accompanist.

Madsen, Trygve (b. 1940)  Concerto pour clarinette Sib et Orchestra, Op. 40 (1982)
Cl solo with strings and timpani.
Has piano reduction. Grade 5
For Guy Dangain. 20 to 30 years ago Norway was a Selmer clarinet dominated country.
Musikk-Husets Forlag

Madsen, Trygve (b. 1940)  Sonate for klarinett og piano, op. 23 (1980)
Allegro moderato, Andante, Presto
Cl/pn
14’
Conservative, expressive with a slightly modern harmonic idiom. Rollicking, fun last movement. 
One of the best known Norwegian works for clarinet and piano.
Recorded by Fredrik Fors on 2009 Lindberg Lyd AS CD Black Bird (Sort Fugl)
Musikk-Husets Forlag

Neren, Johan  Klarinettpolka (1966)
Cl/pn 

Rønnes, Robert (b. 1959) Hommage á André Jolivet (1980)
I. Oracle II. Collonades
Alto cl/pn
8’30”
Recorded by Terje B. Lerstad on 2002 Norwegian Society of Composers CD Lyrical Punk Clarinet

Sande, Filip (b. 1970)  Klarinettkonsert, op. 79 (2008)
Cl/string orch
21’
Has piano reduction. Ends with slow movement. Grade 5 

Thommessen, Olav Anton (b. 1946)  Svart Sang (Dark Song) (1992)
Cl/pn
12’
Studied at Indiana University.

Vea, Ketil (b. 1932)  Suite for klariett og klavér (1976)
Andante espressivo, Andante sostenuto, Allegro con moto
10’
Håkon Stødle: “And then there is the Suite by Ketil Vea The Suite, in the very personal style of the composer Ketil Vea, … was inspired by the Sami people’s music, the joik, without use of any specific Sami melody.”
Dramatic, expressionistic; middle movement is calm. Grade 5
Written for Håkon and Tori Stødle.
Norsk Musikforlag
Recorded by Håkon Stødle on 1987 Norden LP SNM 101 Musikk Fra Nord

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Clarinet and One Instrument or Voice (but not piano)

Lindeman, Singe (1895-    )  Duo for Clarinet and Bassoon
Alternate version for vn and vc
Three movements
Bitonal, first performed 1958.

Matre, Ørjan (b. 1979)  A leaf falls in loneliness (2006)
Cl, cello, electronics
10’ 40”
Recorded by clarinetist Rolf Borch on 2012 Aurora CD Inside Out

Matre, Ørjan (b. 1979)  Chant: For bass clarinet and tenor trombone (2008/2009)
14’
Recorded by bass clarinetist Rolf Borch on 2012 Aurora CD Inside Out

Olsen, C.G. Sparre (1903-84)  Canto III
Two wind instruments: fls, obs, cls, etc.
Norsk Musikforlag

Olsen, C.G. Sparre (1903-84)  “Trøytt Hjarta” for voice and cl., Op. 42
Norsk Musikforlag

Sommerfeldt, Ølstein  Three Dialogues
Cl, bssn
Norsk Musikforlag

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Clarinet and Two Instruments

Andersen, Karl (1903-1970) Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Violoncello, Op. 5 (Published 1951)
20’
One of first published pieces with clarinet.
Norsk Musikforlag

Baden, Conrad (1908- )  Trio No. 1
Fl/ob/cl
Three movements
13’
First performed in Oslo, 1958.  Recorded on Philips 839.249
Baden was organist, music critic and teacher in Oslo.

Baden, Conrad (1908- )  Trio No. 2 (1964)
Fl/ob/cl
Three movements
12’

Brustad, Bjarne (1895-1978)  Serenade (trio nr. 2) for violin, klarinett, fagott (1947)
17’
Awarded State Salary of the Arts in 1951.

Brustad, Bjarne (1895-1978)  Trio nr. I for klarinett, violin, viola (1938)
Fantasia, Allegretto, Introduzione et
33’
Attractive, conservative, folk-like, neoclassical. Bartok-like.

Grov, Magne   Trio
Fl/ob/cl
Norsk Musikforlag

Hall, Pauline (1890-1969)  Liten dansesuite for obo, klarinett og fagott
6’
From Shakespeare As You Like It 

Hvoslef, Ketil (b. 1939)  Framenti di Roma (1988)
Ob/cl/bsn
14’30”
PIZZICATO

Kruse, Bjørn (b. 1946)  Syntax for Bb clarinet and two percussion players (1987)
12’
Kruse is a jazz musician.
Fredrik Fors has performed this work at Ultima.

Lunde Jr., Ivar (b. 1944)  Drawings for Piccolo, Flute and Clarinet, op. 34
7’
Oboe and Theory teacher at Univ. of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Norsk Musikforlag

Olsen, Sparre (1903-1984)  Suite for 3 treblåsere i fem små satser, op. 10 (Suite for Three
Woodwinds in Five Small Movements) (1933)
Fl/ob/cl (in C)
6’
Influenced by traditional Norwegian folk music.
Earliest written chamber work with clarinet. Written for clarinetist Erling Carlsen.
Tonal, attractive counterpoint  Gr. 4  Published 1946
Arranged for string orchestra but lost during W.W. II.
Received government award for creative artists from 1936.
Recorded by Norwegian Wind Quintet.
First published by Lyche in 1946, now Norsk Musikforlag.

Thommessen, Olav Anton (b. 1946)  To stykker for tre-blåsere (1976)
Fl:ob/Eng hrn:b cl:bssn/c bssn
5’
Quotes older pieces.

Vigulf, Roger Arve (b. 1964)  Space, Op. 1 (1995/1997)
Cl/vn/va/vc
12’
Clarinetist who writes.

Wallin, Rolf (b. 1957) Trestemmig intensjon (1981)
Fl/cl/bssn
8'
Wrote most performed clarinet concerto.

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Clarinet and Three Instruments

Bolstad, Per  Slåtter: Gammel stil (1946)
Arranged for cl/2 vn/pn
From Ålesund

Bræin, Edvard Fliflet (1924-1976)  The Happy Music Makers, Op. 1 for cl and 3 strings

Sæverud, Ketil (b. 1939)  Clarinet Quartet (1962)
Three movements
Cl/vn/va/vc
16’

Strømholm, Folke (b. 1941)  Karakeino farvel
Cl/vn/vc/pn
7’
Håkon Stødle: “… and by Folke Strømholm the Karakeino farvel (Goodbye Karakeino - Karakeino is a compound of the names of two of the most important Sami cities: Karasjok and Kautokeino, however it cannot be found on any map. Nevertheless, Karakeino exists everywhere in the real Lapland, a world in its origin alien to the nature of the Norwegian culture.). The Karakeino farvel on the other hand uses specific Sami joik from the region where I was born and is written in Messiaen’s quartet instrumentation.”
Attractive piece. Repetitive, minimalist. Also contains longer melodies. Grade 4
Written for Håkon and Tori Stødle. Influenced by Lapland.
Recorded by Håkon Stødle on 1987 Norden LP SNM 101 Musikk Fra Nord

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Clarinet and Four Instruments

Andersen, Karl (1903-1970)  Blåsekvintett (1994)
Handwritten, chromatic.

Andersen, Karl (1903-1970)  Variazioni su tema e ritmo (1966)
Handwritten, chromatic.

Baden, Conrad (1908-1989)  Kvintett for fløyte, obo, klarinett, fagott og horn, op. 59 (1963)
4 movements
20’

Berg, Olav (b. 1949)  Suite for blåsekvintett (1970)
9’30”
Simple.

Berge, Sigurd (1929-2002)  Blåsekvintett for de unge (1968)
10’
Neoclassical. Has long bassoon solo.
Norsk Musikforlag.

Berge, Sigurd (1929-2002)  Yang-Guan for blåsekvintett (1967)
7’
Neoclassical.
Norsk Musikforlag.

Bibalo, Antonio (1922-2008)  Sonatina 1A, for Wind Quintet  (1971)
10’
Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Bibalo, Antonio (1922-2008)   Sonatina 2A, Astrale for Wind Quintet  (1972)
11’
Dissonant, evocative
Work influenced by his hobby of astronomy.
Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Written for and recorded by Norwegian Wind Quintet

Brustad, Bjarne (1895-1978)  Serenade for Wind Quintet  (1969)
Marciale, Song without Words, Allegro scherzando
14’
Tonal, conservative, naïve sounding  Gr. 4
Received government award for creative artists from 1951
Recorded by Norwegian Wind Quintet

Bull, Edvard Hagerup (1922-2012)  Marionettes serieuses, op. 24 (1960)
9’
Dedicated to his teacher Boris Blacher.

Danielsen, Ragner (1917-1976)  Musikalske flanerier
Jazzsuite, Promenade, Liten vals
7’
Traditional. Handwritten, hard to read.

Egge, Klaus (1906-1979)  Quintet for Winds No. 1, op. 13 (1939)
Four movements.
12’
Chairman Norwegian Composers Association 1945-1972.
LYCHE

Egge, Klaus (1906-1979)  Quintet for Winds No. 2, op. 34 (1976)
24’
Handwritten.

Emilsen, Per-Anders (b. 1964)  Seven Pieces for Wind Quintet (1992)
Sparse, modern.

Evensen, Bernt Kasberg (b. 1944)  Quinta essensia (1981)
Simple, traditional.

Evensen, Bernt Kasberg (b. 1944)  Van Walsum Suite: Six Movements for Wind Quintet (1971)
Simple, tradiational.

Falk, Karl-Axel (b. 1958)  Blåskvintett nr. 1 (1986)
Modern, simple.

Fongaard, Bjørn (1919-1980)  Blåskvintetter, op. 124 (1974)
Proportional notation.

Gaathaug, Morten (b. 1955)  Lysistrata-suite nr. 3 for blåskvintett, op. 81 (2011)
Marziale, Amoroso, Festànte
21’
Traditional, simple.

Hall, Pauline (1890-1969)  4 Tosserier for soprano, cl, bsn, hn, trpt
Hall was President of Norwegian section of ISCM 1938-1961. From 1960, received State Legacy of Art.

Hall, Pauline (1890-1969)  Suite for 5 Winds (1945)
Six movements.
15’
Recorded on Philips 839.256
LYCHE

Hellvin, Roy (b. 1944)  Blåskvintett (1999)
10’
Simple, tradiational.

Hovland, Egil (b. 1924)  Quintet for Winds No. 1, op. 50 (1965)
Seven movements.
14’30”Contains aleatoric section. Recommended by Fredrik Fors.

Hvoslef, Ketil (b. 1939)  Quintet (1964)
Woodwind quintet
Four movements. 13’
Neoclassical.
Norsk Musikforlag

Hægeland, Eilert M. (1951-2004)  Jevngang for blåsekvintett (1976)
4’
Simple.

Hægeland, Eilert M. (1951-2004)  Suite over nordlandske toner, op. 42 (1996/97)
Six movements. 16’

Johansen, Pia Møller (b. 1988)  Vårdansen for blåsekvintett (2007)
Two pages.
Simple.

Johnsen, Hallvard (1916-2003)  Blåsekvintett nr. 3, op. 98 (1985)
One movement. 14’
Neoclassical
Norsk Musikforlag

Karlsen, Kjell Mørk (b. 1947)  Wind Quintet, op. 144 (2004)
15’
Rapid notes, some aleatoric sections.

Kolberg, Kåre (1936-2014)  En blåsekvintett (1976)
8’
Multiphonics, glissandi, smorzato, vibrato, aleatoric sections.
Norsk Musikforlag

Kruse, Bjørn (b. 1946)  Janicke’s dance (1975/76)
9’
Simplistic, begins with long horn solo, simplistic.

Kvam, Oddvar S. (b. 1927)  5 monofonier for blåsekvintett, op. 43
Each player has solo movement. Traditional. Grade 3
Musikk-Husets Forlag

Kvam, Oddvar S. (b. 1927)  Tre sentrifuger (centrifuges) for blåsekvintett, op. 32 (1975)
13’
Includes some proportional notation.

Kvandal, Johan (1919-1999)  Quintet for Winds, op. 34  (1971)
Preludium, Largo; Presto, Adagio ma non troppo, Allegro assai
17’
Presto and Allegro assai are very energetic.
Third movement is a passacaglia with theme and five variations.
Neoclassical, tonal/atonal. Gr. 5+
Composer and music critic.
Recorded by Norwegian Wind Quintet

Kvandal, Johan (1919-1999)  Tre salmetoner, op. 23B (1963) (Three Religious Folk Tunes)
Traditional, simple.

Kverdokk, Gisle (b. 1967)  Bevegelser for Wind Quintet (1999)
I. Prelude II. Fugue
Modernistic. For Bergen Wind Quintet.

Lillebjerka, Sigmund (b. 1931)  Blåsekvintett (1994)
12’
Traditional, simple.
Lillebjerka is a violinist.

Lillebkerka, Sigmund (b. 1931)  Blåsekvintett nr. 2 (1999)
13’
Traditional, simple as 1994 Blåsekvintett, but harder.

Lillebjerka, Sigmund (b. 1931)  Fantasia per clarinetti, 2 violini, viola e violoncello

Lillebkeøka, Sigmund (b. 1931)  Sketch for wind quintet (2005)
7’
Simple but more complex rhythm and harmony than his other wind quintets.

Lunde jr., Ivar (b. 1944)  -six different woodwind quintets (1965-1989), all simple style.

Madsen, Trygve (b. 1940)  3 gags, op. 5
Handwritten.

Marcussen, Kjell (b. 1952)  5 x for Wind Quintet (1981/86)
11’
Conservative, modern.

Mortensen, Finn (1922-1983)  Quintet for Wind Instruments, Op. 4 (1951)
15’
Oboe doubles English horn.
“For my mother.”
Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Mortensen, Finn (1922-1983)  Suite for blåsekvintett (1972)
13’
Movement I begins with horn solo, then clarinet solo, oboe solo, bassoon solo, flute solo.
Very interesting piece. For Oslo Wind Quintet.
Norsk Musikforlag

Nicotra, Alfredo (1934-2004)  Episodes, op 20, nr. 3 (1997)
Andina, la humilde, Paisano con bandoneon, Alegria Espanola
7’
Simple.

Nordstein, Frank Trevor (b. 1955) Sutnyribal for Wind Quintet (1978)
Handwritten.

Olsen, Sparre (1903-1984)  Quintet for Winds, Op. 35 (pub. 1950)
11’
Neoclassical. Dedicated to “Woodwind Quintet of 1932.” 
One of first published pieces with clarinet.
Lyche

Olsen, Sparre (1903-1984)  Tre stykker for blåsekvintett, op. 59 (1971)
Menuett, Melodi, Gavotte
Handwritten, simple.

Opdal, Per Snorre (b. 1941) –three brief, simple woodwind quintets (1983-2005).

Ore, Cecil (b. 1954)  Helices: Wind Quintet (1984)
8’
Modern, flutter tongue, key clicks, trills, rapid tonguing.

Overøye, Odd Johan (b. 1961)  Quintet for Woodwinds (1996/2014)
9’
Traditional. Has long clarinet solo.

Plagge, Wolfgang (b. 1960)  Wind Quintet, Op. 105  (2000)
18’
Traditional. Grade 3
Commissioned by Pollux Quintet.

Plagge, Wolfgang (b. 1960)  Wind Quintet II, op. 110 (2001)
14’
Neoclassical, chromatic. Grade 4
Commissioned by Penta Pneuma Quintet

Rebne, Rune (b. 1961)  Eedss
10’
Simplistic, conservative, modern.

Rypdal, Terje (b. 1947) Blåsekvintett, op. 5 (1973)
8’30”
Aleatoric sections.

Sevåg, Øystein  Undervannsdans for blåsekvintett
Score is 8 pages.
Simple texture. Grade 4

Slettholm, Yngve  (b. 1955)  Prismer (1987)
Cl/2vn/va/vc
14’
Taught at Norwegian Academy of Music.

Sommerfeldt, Øistein (1919-1994)  4 Norske religiøse folktoner, op. 23 B (1965/74)
11’
Simple, traditional. Grade 2
Norsk Musikforlag

Stalheim, Jostein (b. 1960) Hokus 1: Hoc est corpus …  filoque (1990/2001)
Two page score. 17’
Simple.

Strømholm, Folke (b. 1941)  Kvintett for blåsere, op. 21 (1968/69)
10’
Conservative, simple.

Strømholm, Folke (b. 1941)  Noai’di, op. 28: Blåsekvintett nr. 2 (1973)
8’
Simple, some aleatoric sections.
Title is Lappish for shaman. Grade 3

Sæverud, Harald (1897-1992)  Blåsekvintett nr. 1: Slåtter og stey fra “Siljustøl”, op. 21a (1982)
14’
Sæverud was a Bergen composer.
Recorded by Bergen Wind Quintet.
Musikk-Husets Forlag

Sæverud, Harald (1897-1992)  Blåsekvintett nr. 2, op. 56 (1983)
20’
Recorded by Bergen Wind Quintet.
Musikk-Husets Forlag

Sæverud, Harald (1897-1992)  Rondo amoroso: Blåsekvintett, op. 14 nr. 7 (1983)
Arranged by A. O. Haugland
Musikk-Husets Forlag

Sæverud, Ketil (b. 1939)  Wind Quintet in four movements
13’
First performed 1965 in Bergen.

Thommessen, Olav Anton (b. 1946)  Nok en til: En pedantisk blåsekvintett med lytterbruksanvisning (1977) (Yet Another: Woodwind Quintet)
9’
With spoken Norwegian text.

Vaage, Knut (b. 1961)  Episteme?! (1990/91)
Woodwind quintet.
10’
With extended techniques.

Valen, Fartein (1887-1952)  Serenade, op. 42 (1947)
10’
Recorded by Norwegian Woodwind Quintet on Philips 839.248 AY
Received State Salary of Art.
Lyche

Vea, Ketil (b. 1932)  Blow out for blåsekvintett (1977)
Simple.

Vea, Ketil (b. 1932)  Presentasjon for blåsekvintett (1989)
Simple.

Wøllo, Erik (b. 1961)  Solar: Music for wind quintet and tape (1987/88)
10’
Easy parts.

Øyhus, Tore (b. 1949)  Little Rhapsody for wind quintet (1997)
3’
Simple. Grade 2

Ånesen, Arnt Håkon (b. 1977)  Lightning: In case of light (2010)
2’
Slow, sustained, simple, with ¼ tones.

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Clarinet and Five Instruments

Arnestad, Finn (1915-  )  Sextet for fl, cl, bsn, va, vc, pn

Bibalo, Antonio     The Savage, Four Impressions for Six Players (1983)
Fl,afl,pic/cl,bcl,sax/vln/vlc/pf/perc

Bull, Edvard Hagerup (b. 1922-2012)  Sextour for fl, cl, vn, vc, pn, perc Op. 58 (1985)
21’
Member of class of Darius Milhaud and Conservatoire National, with Boris Blacher at Hochschule für Musik/Berlin

Bull, Edvard Hagerup (b. 1922-2012)  Sextour for fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn, saxophone (or cl in A) Op. 31 (1965)
10’
For saxophonist Jean-Marie Londeix.

Jansen, Sigurd (b. 1932)  Noter og unoter: For 5 treblåsere og horn (2000)
15’
Same instrumentation as Janáček Mládí.

Johnson, Hallvard (1916-2003) Quintet for winds and vibraphone, Op. 45
16’
First performed in Oslo in 1965.


Clarinet and Seven Instruments

Halvorsen, Johan  Italiensk serenade <Vendetta> 1932
Salongorkester: Pn/fl/cl in A/2 vn/va/vc/cb
Norsk Musikforlag
First mention of published work with clarinet other than in large orchestra work.

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Clarinet Concertos without Piano Reduction (or if unsure reduction is available)

Baden, Conrad (1908-1989)  Concertino for Clarinet and Strings, Op. 37 (1954)
Allegro, Andantino, Allegro ma non troppo
13’
Neoclassical. Grade 4
Written for Richard F. Kjelstrup
Recorded by Hans Christian Bræin on 2010 CD Norwegian Concertinos for Clarinet and Strings GMP1105

Berg, Olav (b. 1949) Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (1986)
17’
Neoclassical. Has piano reduction.
Dedicatee Håkon Vestl recorded with Stavanger Symphony.
Norsk Musikforlag

Bergh, Sverre (1915-19800  Concertino for Clarinet and Strings (1963)
Allegretto amabile, Allegro con spirito, Adagio
13’
Neoclassical, ends with slow movement. Grade 4
Written for Richard F. Kjelstrup
Recorded by Hans Christian Bræin on 2010 CD Norwegian Concertinos for Clarinet and Strings GMP1105
LYCHE

Brevik, Tor (b. 1932)  Concertino for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra (1962)
Allegro commodo, Andante espressivo, Allegro vivo
14’  
Many sections. Grade 5
Written for Richard F. Kjelstrup (for Eric Humble?)
Recorded by Hans Christian Bræin on 2010 CD Norwegian Concertinos for Clarinet and Strings GMP1105

Brustad, Bjarne (1895-1978)  Konsert for clarinet og strykere (1970)
Indroduzione-Allegro con anima, Andante, Allegro giocoso
15’
Traditional. Grade 4
Written for Richard F. Kjelstrup
Recorded by Hans Christian Bræin on 2010 CD Norwegian Concertinos for Clarinet and Strings GMP1105

Evensen, Bernt Kasberg (b. 1944)  Elegia (1973-76)
Cl solo/string orch
Score is 6 pages.
Traditional. Largo tempo. Grade 3

Hellvin, Roy (b. 19440  Rapsodi for klarinett og orchestra (1996)
7’30”
Neoclassical. Grade 4

Knutsen, Torbjørn (1904-1987)  Klarinett-konsert med kammerorkester (1976)
Neoclassical. Sparsely orchestrated. Grade 4.

Krosgeth, Gisle (b. 1952)  Elegi for Clarinet in B and Strings (2004)
9’
Traditional except for one fermata with multiphonics ad. lib.
Slow and easy except for very long altississimo C diminuendo at conclusion.
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Kruse, Bjørn (b. 1946)  Chronotope (“time-space”): Concerto for Bb clarinet and orchestra (2015)
45’
4 antiphonal percussionists in orchestra. Score is very detailed. Grade 6
For Fredrik Fors

Kruse, Bjørn (b. 1946)  Lakris: Konsert for klarinett og orkester (1984/2005)
20’
Prominent percussion arranged antiphonally. Vibraphone and crotales, vibraphone.
Modern, virtuosic. Grade 6

Lunde, Johan Backer (1874-1958)  Pastorale for Clarinet and Strings
Well known pianist and accompanist

Lunde, Johan Backer (1874-1958)  Perpetuum Mobile for Clarinet and Strings

Lunde, Johan Backer (1874-1958)   Romance in G minor for Clarinet and Strings

Madsen, Trygve (b. 1940)  Concerto pour clarinette Sib et Orchestra, Op. 40 (1982)
Cl solo with strings and timpani.
Has piano reduction. Grade 5
For Guy Dangain. 20 to 30 years ago Norway was a Selmer clarinet dominated country.
Musikk-Husets Forlag

Matre, Ørjan (b. 1979)  Inside Out –concerto for clarinet and orchestra (2010)
23’
Modernist, prominent percussion, very active orchestra, multiphonics.
For Rolf Borch
Recorded by clarinetist Rolf Borch on 2012 Aurora CD Inside Out

Mikalsen, Jan Erik (b. 1979)  Clarinet Concerto (2009)
28’
Wide variety of percussion. Very detailed modern score.
Acrobatic clarinet part. Grade 6
For Bjørn Nyman and Norwegian Radio Orchestra.

Nystedt, Knut  (b. 1915) Concertino for Clarinetto, Corno Inglese og strykere, op. 29 (1952/91)
19’
Composer of choral music. Lived in U.S.A.
Norsk Musikforlag

Sande, Filip (b. 1970)  Klarinettkonsert, op. 79 (2008)
Cl/string orch
21’
Has piano reduction. Ends with slow movement. Grade 5

Ulvo, Therese B. (b. 1982)  Shadows and Shields; Solo clarinet, strings and percussion (2014)
For Christian Stene and 250th anniversary of Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
Quiet, delicate. Grade 5

Vea, Ketil (b. 1932)  Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (1997/2002)
Cl/string orch
18’
Traditional.
For Marianne Paulsrud

Vea, Ketil (b. 1932)  Elegi for Clarinet and String Orchestra (2011)
8’
Traditional, simple. Grade 3
VEANOVA

Vigulf, Roger Arve (b. 1964)  The Bulls Eye Concerto (2005)
Cl/string orch
Modernistic, complex rhythms.

Wallin, Rolf (b. 1957)  Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (1996)
14’
Most well-known Norwegian clarinet concerto. Grade 6
For Leif Arne Pedersen (Principal Oslo Philharmonic)
Premiered at 1996 Ultima Festival, Oslo.
Wallin is a prize-winning composer.

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