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Performer Guides: Clarinet

Use this guide to find resources for music performance, including LC call number browsing ranges for repertoire, books, and journals..

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Finding Repertoire:

If you're looking for new repertoire to perform, it is often helpful to browse the Music Library's scores. The following call number ranges are for clarinet music; individual works within these numbers are arranged alphabetically by composer or arranger:

M70-M74, Clarinet alone
M248-M252, Clarinet and piano
M557, Woodwind quintets
M1024, Clarinet with orchestra (full score)
M1025, Clarinet with orchestra (piano reduction)
M1124, Clarinet with string orchestra (full score)
M1125, Clarinet with string orchestra (piano reduction)

Music Bibliographies for Clarinet:

Bibliographies compile lists of materials by topic. The Music Library owns several bibliographies of clarinet music that can help you to find repertoire by composer, difficulty level, and instrumentation (this is particularly helpful for finding chamber music for mixed instrumentation). While some of these volumes are a bit dated, they remain standard sources.

Books on the Clarinet:

In addition to the titles listed below, you can browse for books about the clarinet in the following call number ranges:

ML419, Biographies of instrumentalists
ML945-ML 948, clarinet, general; history and construction; music and playing

Looking for Something Specific? Search the Library Catalog:

Excerpts, Etudes, and Method Books:

Excerpts and instructional materials are classified in the MT range and housed in the same location as books about music (MLs):

MT380, General works

  • Example: The Effortless Clarinet: Richard Nunemaker's Clarinet Principles (N.p.: Richard Nunemaker, [2006]), call no. MT380 .N86 E4 2006.

MT382, Systems and methods

  • Example: Carl Baermann, Complete Method for Clarinet, op. 63, edited by Gustave Langenus (New York: C. Fischer, 1918), call no. MT382 .B34 1918.

MT385, Studies and exercises

  • Example: Alfred Uhl, 48 Studies for Clarinet (Mainz: Schott, [2009]), call no. MT385 .U4 2009 v.1-2.

MT386, Orchestra studies (etudes)

  • Example: Heinz Hepp and Albert Rohde, eds., Clarinet: Excerpts from the Operatic and Concert Repertoire (Frankfurt: C.F. Peters, 1991), call no. MT386 .K6 1991.

Online Resources for Clarinet:

International Clarinet Association - The professional association for clarinettists.

International Clarinet Society Research Center, Score Collection - This online catalog contains entries for the score holdings of the International Clarinet Society.  The score collection includes items donated by Robert Cowan, Norman Heim, Robert Hoffman, Daniel Leeson, Daniel Martino, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Southern Music Publishing, and Theodore Presser.  These scores are kept at the society's Research Center at the University of Maryland Performing Arts Library, and may be borrowed by individual members of the society.