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Graded Chamber Music for Woodwind and Piano

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Graded by experienced teachers, the following list of works provides an
annotated guide when searching for repertoire, especially for the NZCT
Chamber Music Contest. Most of these works have score and audio samples
available online, just click on the title to see details. All are
available for purchase from SOUNZ.

Please do not hesitate to contact SOUNZ with any enquiries.

Graded repertoire lists for other instrumentations are available at these pages:
Woodwind
Woodwind and Strings
Woodwind, Strings and Piano
 

 

TITLE

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

COMMENTS

  
TRIOS
  
Hunt: A Dragon Named Blake
for alto sax, tenor sax and piano
Intermediate
Funky, witty and quirky. Rhythmically straightforward but does require counting. Uses elementary extended techniques and guided improvisation, which includes placing bell of saxophone into the piano. Great for exploring sonorities and honing improvisation skills.
Hamilton: Carousel
for alto sax, tenor sax and piano
Advanced
Effective and fun. Great rhythmic drive and stamina is required. The leaping piano part is harder than the woodwind writing.
Rimmer: Kokako Dreams
for flute clarinet and piano
Intermediate
A cyclical work with five linked movements. Imaginative textural and descriptive writing, well-crafted and idiomatic.
Grenfell:Poems of a Bright Moon
for flute clarinet and piano
Advanced
Fantastic piece. Three programmatic movements, all highly evocative, challenging and texturally driven. Woodwind parts weave around each other while the piano part spends much of the time above middle C, adding delicacy and/or brilliance. Highly recommended for students wanting a challenge.
Harris Shtiklekh (morsel)
for flute, soprano sax and piano
Advance/Professional Klezmer influence. Excellent writing for all instruments. Rhythmically complex and colourful. Ethereal folky, builds to rousing climax. Great crowd pleaser.
Wilby: Tri-Me-Trio
for clarinet, flute and piano
Junior/Intermediate
Single movement. Well-suited to and popular with high school students. Manageable, straightforward ensemble: idiomatic, exciting and effective. Extended ostinato passages for piano; woodwind parts often double the melody.
Young: Trio
for oboe, bassoon and piano
Intermediate (grade 7)
Four movements. Insightful writing for woodwind and beautifully conceived for the piano. (1) Prelude – free sharing of melody between all parts; (2) some rhythmic complexity; (3) Dreamy and languid; (4) spritely and mischievous.
Caskie: Under the African Sun
for 2 flutes and piano
Junior/Intermediate
Incidental music to the play Passengers. Lyrical, languid, with modal touches. Opens with an extended dialogue between the flutes, builds to a central climax and away. Much scope for imaginative interpretation. Piano part is harmonically attractive, subtly changing and rich in melodic fragments.
Charles: Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Piano
Intermediate
Four movements, each offering a variety of textures. (1) a rhapsodic Largo followed by a lively Allegro characterised by rhythmic unisons; (2) a warm-textured and spacious Lento; (3) a perky scherzando masquerading as a delightful waltz which occasionally moves into high registers; (4) a Largo, conceived as a staggered accelerando moving through discrete sections is the hardest movement. Expressive, it builds to a strong climax. Flute moves into 4th register.
Biddington: Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Piano Grade 5
Enjoyable and accessible. The first two movements (an exuberant Vivace andexpressive Largo e Sostenuto) are rhythmically straightforward, light in texture and neoclassical in style. The 3rd movement (Vivo) is denser and more contrapuntal, requiring agility from the pianist, and tight ensemble from the woodwind.

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