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Clarinet Studio Class: Audition excerpts

This guide is designed to help clarinet students locate important books, scores, recordings, A-V materials for, and performers of their instrument (i.e., the clarinet).

Audition Repertoire compiled by Nolan Cardenas (JCA Music Student, 2017)

Orchestral Excerpts and Repertoire

Nolan Cardenas, Clarinet Performance Major, Butler University


            After looking at multiple orchestral audition requirements and excerpts I have compiled a list of B-flat and A, E-flat, and Bass Clarinet excerpts.  The B-flat/A excerpts are organized in Frequently Asked, Occasionally Asked, and Uncommonly Asked excerpts. The Uncommonly Asked pieces are generally from lists that surprised me when I saw them and should only be prepared upon request.  Frequently Asked excerpts should be prepared and kept underneath the fingers constantly especially if you are currently looking for jobs in the orchestral field.  Other things that appeared on these lists where solo repertoire which most orchestral companies asked for Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A major. This format is based on Cecil Gold’s excerpt list.  I compared and contrasted some excerpts and added some more to this list. 


Links to Access Most Orchestral Excerpts *


Frequently Asked

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3: Tempo de Minuetto and Trio; Symphony No.4; Symphony No. 6

Brahms: Symphony No.3 Andante

Mendelssohn: Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream

Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf

Ravel:  Daphnis et Chloe, Suite No. 2 – meas. 155-166 & meas. 201-end

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnole: Mov’t. I, III and Candenza; The Golden Cockerel; Scheherazade: Cadenza

Strauss: Don Juan; Till Eulenspiegel

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; Symphony No. 5


Occasionally Asked

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

Borodin:  Polovetsian Dances

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2: Mov’t II; Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 4

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”

Mozart: Symphony No. 9

Ravel: Rhapsodie Espagnole

Respighi: Pines of Rome

Rossini: Figario’s aria from The Barber of Seville

Schubert: Symphony No. 1

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1

Sibelius: Opening of Symphony No. 1

Stravinsky: Firebird; Petrushka

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6


Uncommonly Asked

Beethoven: Leonore No.3

Brahms: Symphony No.1

Debussy: Prelude Apres midi d’une Faune; Nocturnes: Mov’t II – “Fetes” and Mov’t III – “Nuages”

Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 Mov’t II

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Kodaly: Dances of Galanta – in A

Mendelssohn: The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave)

Milhaud: Creation of the World

Mozart: Symphony No. 40

Nielson: Symphony No. 5

Prokofiev: Classical Symphony

Puccini: Tosca, Act III

Ravel: Bolero

Rossini: Semiramide Overture

Roussel: Bacchus et Ariane

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 Mov’t II – in A

Schumann: Piano Concerto

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Symphony No. 9

Strauss: Death and Transfiguration; Ein Heldenleben

Stravinsky: Jeu des Cartes; Symphonies of Wind Instruments

Verdi: La Forza del Destino Overture

Wagner: Forest Murmurs

Weber: Der Freischutz: Overture


Popular E-flat Clarinet Excerpts

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

Copland: El Salon Mexico

Ravel: Bolero; Piano Concerto in G major; Daphnis et Chloe

Shostakovich: Symphony No.5; Symphony No.6

Strauss: Till Eulenspiege; Ein Heldenleben

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps


Popular Bass Clarinet Excerpts

Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite

Khachaturian: Piano Concerto

Liszt: Tasso

Ravel: La Valse

Schumann: Symphony No. 3

Shoctakovich: Symphony No.6; Violin Concerto

Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra; Ein Heldenleben


*Not all excerpts are in public domain – reference your local music library


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