Beyond Hot Cross Buns
Updated: Apr 25
Congratulations, you've graduated from playing Hot Cross Buns and other easy clarinet music.
Now, you are looking for some fun clarinet solos to play, but you might not be ready for the Mozart Clarinet Concerto. If you are somewhere in between, you are probably ready for an intermediate clarinet solo that:
Goes “over the break” frequently during quick passages
Requires more right hand skill than advanced beginner music
Uses varied articulations
Contains 8th notes
Here are my top 5 recommendations for Intermediate Clarinet Solos
1. Menuett by Kimberger. This Early Intermediate piece is in 3/4 with a range of C-C. It is located in Festival Solos by Standard of Excellence.
2. Capriccio by Daniel Turk. With a range of C-C, this peppy piece is appropriate for the Early Intermediate player. It is located in Festival Solos by Standard of Excellence.
3. Minuetto by Beethoven. This sweet piece has a range of C-D, along with accidentals. It is located in Festival Solos by Standard of Excellence.
4. Country Gardens. This delicate tune requires nimble hands that can handle frequently going over the break quickly. The range is C-D. This traditional tune is located in Festival Solos by Standard of Excellence.
5. Soaring by James Curnow. This energetic piece utilizes all the fingers with a range Low E to to high G, containing 16th note passages. This is located in 1st Recital Series by Hal Leonard.
5 1/2. Solo Pieces for the Intermediate Clarinetist by Dr. Norman Heim. This collection of 15 arrangements from composers such as Telemann, Bach, Brahms, and Rameau. Le Tambourin is one of my personal favorites from this book.