What is included in the Clarinet Bibliography ClarLit?

After 300 years of the clarinet, this is an attempt to gather all the literature for the instrument family from solos to chamber/ensemble music.

This work is long overdue, because of the flood of new works and rediscovery of forgotten works. Most especially credit goes to the untiring creativity of many 20th century composers, thanks to their range of expression and the range of sound of the universal clarinet.

ClarLit lists of more than 60 000 pieces for the E-flat, D, B-flat, A-clarinet, bassetthorn, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet and chalumeaux. Therefore not only are the original compositions included but also arrangements. These are not exclusive, since many older versions (e.g. harmony music) have been rediscovered in the last several years. This decidedly expanded the repertoire, especially for the educational purpose of transcription, changing of instruments which gives them legitimacy, even if the appropriateness and aesthetic value are questioned. Because this is not always so obvious, a subjective preselection in the compilation of arrangements was cut out. Lastly, the new ensemble types are based on, for example quartets and quintets with different types of clarinets, adaptations, in which popular music is becoming an increasing larger part.


Contents of ClarLit

Introduction - Preface and user notes - List of abbreviations


Composers A-Z
Work title
Composition date

Examples of special instrumentation lists:

Solo to clarinet choir: Solo - Duo - Trio - 4-6 clarinets - 6 and more clarinets - Clarinet choir

clarinet(s) and piano: clarinet and piano - 2 clarinets and piano - 3 clarinets and piano

clarinet and a solo instrument: string instrument and clarinet - woodwind instrument and clarinet - brass instrument and clarinet - percussion instrument and clarinet

Clarinet, wind instrument and piano: flute, clarinet and piano - oboe, clarinet and piano - bassoon, clarinet and piano

Trio d'anches - Trio d'anches with piano

Wind quartet - Wind quartet with piano

Wind quintet - Wind quintet with piano

Clarinet and strings

Clarinet and orchestra

Chamber music with wind instruments and strings