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Passage Studies, Book 2

adapted by Frederick Thurston

Composer: Frederick Thurston

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes


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

    L'Atalante, from Second livre de pièces de clavecin, Douzième, et dernier Ordre (XII)
           François Couperin
    Allegro, from Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 427
           George Frideric Handel
    Solfeggio in C Minor, H. 220
           Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
    From Divertimento in B-flat Major, K. 287/271h (uses folk song "D'Bäure hat d'Katz verlorn")
           Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Rondo for Violincello, from Quintet in C Major, G. 310 (No.4)
           Luigi Boccherini
    German Pastoral Dances
    From Symphony No. 4, Op. 60
           Ludwig van Beethoven
    From Gretchen am Spinnrade, D. 118 (Gretchen at the Spinning-Wheel")
    From the Finale of the Piano Sonata in A Minor, D. 845
           Franz Schubert
    Vogel als Prophet, from Waldszenen, Op. 82 No. 7 ("The Prophet Bird")
           Robert Schumann
    On a theme from the Clarinet Trio, Op. 114
           Johannes Brahms
    Themes from Scheherazade, Op. 35
           Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Two Birioulki, Op.2
           Anatoly Lyadov
    From Dances of Galánta
           Zoltán Kodály
    Prelude No. 23, from 24 Preludes
    Prelude No. 23, from 24 Preludes
           Alexander Scriabin
    Toccata, from Concertino Pastorale
           John Ireland

     Frederick John Thurston (1901 – 1953) was an English clarinettist.  Book 2 of Passage Studies consists of 17 studies based on music not originally for the clarinet (with a few exceptions), 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 legato, staccato, accents, quick wide intervals, difficult intervals, lip flexibility, strict time, even sixteenth notes, 5-note groups, flowing style, lyrical playing, imaginative expression, the Russian school, and Hungarian (Kodály) style.  Orchestral players will notice that a handful of the studies adapt common excerpts, including Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

    Quick facts
    Length: equal mixture of 1 and 2 pages
    Range: highest pitch = written A♭6
    Key signature: no ♯/♭, 1♯, 2♯, 3♯, 1♭, 2♭, 3♭, 4♭
    Time signature: 2/2, 2/4, 2/8, 3/4, 3/8, 4/4, 6/4, 6/8, 6/16

    Most of the studies are in 4/4, 2/4 and 3/4 time, and the majority have key signatures with 1 flat, 2 flats, or no sharps/flats.  There are occasional accidentals, and frequent writing in the altissimo range.  The Passage Studies present a consistent, moderate difficulty appropriate for the intermediate clarinettist, and are organized in a chronological order, starting with Couperin and finishing with Ireland; most are classical and romantic styles from the nineteenth century.

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

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  • Pages: 25

    Pages (score):

    Publisher Code: M060028205

    UPC: 073999966749


    ISMN: 9790060028205

    Length: 30.5 cm

    Width: 23.5 cm

    Thickness: 0.235 cm

    Weight: 112 g