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Passage Studies, Book 1

adapted by Frederick Thurston

Composer: Frederick Thurston

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes


Movement/Section Duration: N/A
  • This edition is Book 1 in a series of 3; the other parts of the series are available from the same publisher:
    Book 2
    Book 3

    Minuet I, from Partita No. 1, BWV 825
    Johann Sebastian Bach
    Organ Prelude, from Prelude & Fugue in B-Flat Major, BWV 560
    Johann Sebastian Bach, authorship spurious
    Gavotte & Variations, from Suite No. 14 in G Major, HWV 441
    George Frideric Handel
    Sonata in G
    Domenico Scarlatti
    Allegro, from Sonata No. 3 (of 6 Sonatas for Bassoon or Cello)
    Johann Ernst Galliard
    La Lutine
    Johann Philipp Kirnberger
    Finale, from String Quartet Op. 64 No. 5, 'The Lark'
    Franz Joseph Haydn
    Fantasia in D Minor, K. 397/385g
    Finale, from String Quartet in F Major, K. 590
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Finale, from String Trio Op. 3
    Ludwig van Beethoven
    Minuet, from String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44 No. 1
    Felix Mendelssohn
    Kleine Studie (Little Study), from Album für die Jugend, Op. 68 No. 14
    Robert Schumann
    Variations on a Russian Folk Song
    Study on a Clarinet Passage from Symphony No. 4
    Gustav Mahler
    Dance in Bulgarian Rhythm
    Béla Bartók


    Frederick John Thurston (1901 – 1953) was an English clarinettist.  Book 1 of Passage Studies consists of 17 studies based on music not originally for the clarinet, and in Thurston's words from the preface, "...freely adapted without impairing their proper musical significance."  They are technical in nature, and for each study, Thurston indicates a specific problem to be the focus of practice.  These include smooth legato, delicate staccato, various phrasings, flexibility of lip, going over the break, smooth arpeggios, side key use, left-hand little-finger use, accidentals, triplets, and modern (5/8) rhythm. 

    Quick facts

    Length: most exercises are 1 or 2 pages
    Range: highest pitch = written F♯6
    Key signature: no ♯/♭, 1♯, 3♯, 1♭, 2♭, 3♭
    Time signature: 2/2, 2/4, 3/4, 3/8, 4/4, 6/8, 5/8

    Most of the studies are in 4/4, 2/4 and 3/4 time, and the majority have key signatures no sharps/flats or 1 sharp/1 flat. There are very few accidentals, and with scant exception the writing doesn't go higher than altissimo E6. The Passage Studies present a consistent difficulty appropriate for the early intermediate clarinettist, and are organized in a chronological order, starting with Bach and finishing with Bartók; most are baroque and classical styles from the eighteenth century.

    Thurston has included markings for suggested metronome, breaths, and side/pinky key use.




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  • Pages: 22

    Pages (score):

    Publisher Code: M060028199

    UPC: 073999930726


    ISMN: 9790060028199

    Length: 31 cm

    Width: 23.3 cm

    Thickness: 0.198 cm

    Weight: 104 g