Music for woodwind doublers

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Woodwind soloist alone

The Shadow Boxer: A study for each of the four wood-winds. Samuel Adler. 1963. Written for Noah Knepper.
Soloist playing flute, oboe, clarinet, and/or bassoon.
Composer’s performance notes:
*This work may be performed in the following ways
1. Each study may be performed separately in any order
2. And combination or all four studies may be programmed together
3. The flute study may be performed by a flute play[er], while a previously recorded tape of the same piece performed on the piccollo [sic] is played; or while a tape of the piece recorded on an alto flute in G is played; or while both of these instruments are played.
4. Similarly with the Oboe an Engl. Hr. tape may be combined (again playing the same, written notes sounding in 5ths).
5. The Clarinet in B♭ may be combined with a Bass-Cl. or an E♭ Cl. or both
6. The Bassoon piece may be played to the background of a Contrabassoon

Available from Theodore Presser, with each movement sold separately: Flaunting (flute), Oboration (oboe), Clarinon (clarinet), Bassoonery (bassoon).

Heavy Lifting. Kyle Tiemann-Strauss. 2017? Composed for Zach Larimer.
Woodwind soloist playing piccolo, flute, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, and percussion.
YouTube video available. Sheet music believed to be available. Researching as of February 2020.

Woodwind soloist with piano

Divertissement. Sy Brandon. 2010. Written for Bret Pimentel.
Soloist playing piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and alto saxophone. Piano accompaniment.
Available from J. W. Pepper, with each movement sold separately: Intrada (flute), Nocturne (alto saxophone), Valse (bassoon), Marche (clarinet), Romanza (oboe), Galop (piccolo/flute/oboe/clarinet/bassoon/alto saxophone, or version for piccolo only). Viewable scores and audio clips available online.
There is also a 2014 dissertation by Brian Levels about this piece, and I have written several blog posts.

High Wire: Chamber Ballet in Five Movements. Raphael Crystal. Master of Music creative project, Ball State University, 2003. Premiered by Benjamin Morgan, woodwinds, and the composer, piano, with dancers.
Soloist playing piccolo, E♭ clarinet, alto saxophone, and bass clarinet.
Piano accompaniment.
About 15 minutes.
Unpublished, except as a scholarly thesis at Ball State. Thesis includes a detailed harmonic analysis and a concert-pitch score, plus a CD recording.

Excursions: Visits to Manitoba Statues. Victor Davies. 2002. Commissioned by Duo A La Carte (Julie Husband and Heidi Peters).
Soloist playing piccolo, flute, alto flute, and baritone saxophone.
Piano accompaniment; pianist also plays maracas and goose call or kazoo.
18 minutes. From the composer’s website: “Musical encounters with well known Manitoba statues (real and imaginary!) associated with towns: The Happy Rock Of Gladstone; The Garter Snake Of Inwood; Sarah The Glenboro Camel; The Mosquito Of Komarno; The Creature In The Lagoon At Grand Beach; The Lundar Goose Flies Over The Blarney Stone Of Killarney… Difficulty: university, professional.”
Available (with sound clips) from the composer’s website.

Triple Double. Wes Flinn. 2019. Commissioned by Misty Theisen and the Asheville Modern Big Band.
Soloist playing piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, and tenor saxophone.
Piano reduction of jazz big band accompaniment.
About 15 minutes. Does not call for the soloist to improvise.
Available through the composer’s website.

Variations on a Motive for the Woodwind Doubler. Jordyn Gallinek. 2015. Premiered by Zach Larimer.
Soloist playing flute, oboe, and clarinet.
Piano accompaniment.
Available through the composer’s website.

Double Troubles: A collection of pieces for the aspiring Woodwind Doubler. Paul Saunders. 2017.
Soloist playing flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, and tenor saxophone.
Piano accompaniment; backing tracks available for download (with purchase of book).
Six short pieces/etudes.
Available from Forton Music. I have written a review, with a sample recording.

So You Want to Play in Shows…? Paul Saunders. 2016.
Soloist playing flute, clarinet, and alto saxophone. Piano accompaniment; backing tracks available for free download.
Seven short pieces/etudes.
Available from Spartan Press. I have written a review, with a sample recording.

Sonatina in Blue. Karl Schmidt. 2015.
Woodwind soloist playing clarinet and alto saxophone.
Piano accompaniment.
Possibly available through the composer’s website. Researching as of February 2020.

Suite for Solo Flute, Clarinet, and Alto Saxophone. Claude T. Smith. 1987. Written for Gary Foster.
Soloist playing flute, clarinet, and alto saxophone.
Piano reduction of band accompaniment.
About 12 minutes.
Available from C. L Barnhouse. YouTube video (of concert band version) available. Discussed in Phil Thompson’s 1993 University of North Texas dissertation.

Sonata for Multiple Woodwinds and Piano. Brett L. Wery. 2015.
Soloist playing flute, clarinet, and alto saxophone.
Piano accompaniment.
Available from the composer. YouTube video available.

Woodwind soloist with ensemble

Churchill Downs Concerto (Chamber Concerto #2). Irwin Bazelon. 1970. Written for Harvey Estrin.
Soloist playing piccolo, flute, clarinet, and alto saxophone (saxophone with microphone).
Accompanied by brass and rhythm section with conductor:
Horn
Trumpets (3)
Trombone
Bass Trombone
Electric guitar
Electric organ
Electric piano/harpsichord
Electric bass/string bass
Percussion (3) (See publisher’s website for instrumentation.)
23 minutes. Requires improvisation from soloist and rhythm section.
Available for rental from Boosey & Hawkes. Score may be viewed online (requires free account). Also available in libraries.
There is a 1971 recording with soloist Harvey Estrin and members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, released originally by CRI (Composers Recordings, Inc.), now available from New World Records.

Pentathlon: Concertino for Multi-Woodwind Player and string orchestra. Dirk Bretschneider. 2017.
Soloist playing woodwind instrument(s), originally tenor saxophone, bassoon, clarinet, soprano saxophone, and flute, but may be played on a single instrument or any combination of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and E-flat or B-flat saxophones.
Accompanied by string orchestra.
Score, parts, and backing tracks are available for free download.
A video of the composer performing the piece is available on YouTube.

Concerto for Doubles. Thomas J. Filas. 1947. Composed for a competition sponsored by Paul Whiteman; premiered by Al Gallodoro.
Soloist playing alto saxophone, bass clarinet, and clarinet.
Band accompaniment.
About 15 minutes.
Sheet music originally published by Willis; now out of print. California State University – East Bay has a copy of the score in their library. Discussed in Phil Thompson’s 1993 University of North Texas dissertation.

Rhapsody Nova. Clare Fischer. 1976. Composed for Gary Foster.
Soloist playing flute, clarinet, and alto saxophone.
Band accompaniment.
Sheet music and non-commercial recordings may be available through the composer’s website. Discussed in Phil Thompson’s 1993 University of North Texas dissertation.

Triple Double. Wes Flinn. 2019. Commissioned by Misty Theisen and the Asheville Modern Big Band.
Soloist playing piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, and tenor saxophone.
Jazz big band accompaniment.
About 15 minutes. Does not call for the soloist to improvise.
Available through the composer’s website.

The Colours of a Soul (Symphony No. 2). Lee Johnson. Composed for Sam Skelton.
“Winds soloist.”
Orchestra plus jazz/rock band accompaniment.
Recording available from Jammates Records, and in videos on the composer’s website. Availability of sheet music uncertain. Researching as of February 2020.

Ora Pro Mi: Concerto for Winds Soloist. Lee Johnson. Composed for Sam Skelton?
Soloist playing flute, clarinet, and soprano saxophone.
Orchestral accompaniment.
Recording available from Jammates Records. Availability of sheet music uncertain. Researching as of February 2020.

Seaside Symphony (Symphony No. 4). Lee Johnson. Composed for Sam Skelton?
Woodwind soloist playing clarinet and soprano saxophone?
Orchestra and “world ensemble” accompaniment.
Recording available from Jammates Records. Availability of sheet music uncertain. Researching as of February 2020.

Concerto Tri-Chroma. Michael Kibbe. 1974. Composed for Howard Klug, on request by Cameron University.
Soloist playing flute, alto saxophone, and clarinet.
Band accompaniment.
Sheet music available from the composer’s website. Discussed in Phil Thompson’s 1993 University of North Texas dissertation.

Suite for Solo Flute, Clarinet, and Alto Saxophone. Claude T. Smith. 1987. Written for Gary Foster.
Soloist playing flute, clarinet, and alto saxophone.
Band accompaniment.
About 12 minutes.
Available from C. L Barnhouse. YouTube video available.

Woodwind soloist with electronics

seventy times seven. Daniel Bradshaw. 2005. Written for Bret Pimentel.
Soloist playing flute, oboe, B♭ contrabass clarinet, bassoon, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, and pennywhistle in D. Electronic accompaniment requires some equipment and an assistant to operate MAX/MSP software. (This is likely not compatible with currently-available software, but it may be possible to replicate the composer’s intent using up-to-date technology.)
About 15 minutes.
Unpublished, no commercial recordings. Contact the composer through his website. Audio clips available here and here.

Ensembles of woodwind doublers

Quartet No. 1. Joseph Alfuso. 2012? Premiered by the Areté Quartet (Simon Hutchings, Sal Lozano, Joseph Stone, and Tereasa Payne).
1?: Flute, soprano saxophone
2?: Flute, alto saxophone
3?: Oboe, tenor saxophone
4?: Clarinet, baritone saxophone
Availability of sheet music uncertain. Researching as of February 2020. YouTube video available.

Secret Lives. Brad Baumgardner.
Believed to be available, currently researching as of February 2020.

Three Diversions for Doubling Saxophone Quartet. Bernard Hoffer. 1975.
1: Flute, alto flute, bass flute, soprano saxophone
2: Flute, alto flute, clarinet, alto saxophone
3: Flute, alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone
4: Flute, alto flute, clarinet, E-flat contrabass clarinet [optional], bassoon, baritone saxophone
Unpublished. A copy exists in the Albert Regni Collection of the Living Jazz Archives at William Paterson University.

Duets for the ‘Double-Reed’ Doubler. Gene Kaplan. 2019.
1: oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone
2: clarinet, bassoon, tenor saxophone
(Instruments are used in various combinations, not all instruments used on each duet.)
Seven duets. Available from the composer’s website. I have written a review, with a sample recording.

Duos for Doublers: Duets for the Saxophonist ‘Doubling’ on Clarinet and Flute. Gene Kaplan. 2014.
1: Flute, clarinet, alto saxophone.
2: Flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone.
(Instruments are used in various combinations, not all instruments used on each duet.)
Twelve duets. Available from the composer’s website.
I have written a review, with a sample recording.

A Wandering Mind. Teryn Ré. 2012. Composed for the Areté Doubling Quartet (Tereasa Payne, Sal Lozano, Simon Hutchings, Mike Vance).
1: Flute, tenor saxophone
2: Flute, alto saxophone
3: Clarinet, tenor saxophone
4: Bass clarinet, baritone saxophone
Available through the composer’s website. YouTube video available.

Areté. Russell Scarbrough. 2012? Premiered by the Areté Quartet (Simon Hutchings, Sal Lozano, Joseph Stone, and Tereasa Payne).
1?: Piccolo, flute
2?: Flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet
3?: Flute, clarinet, alto saxophone
4?: Flute, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone
Sheet music available for purchase by contacting the composer. YouTube video available.

Four Ebony. Jeffery J. Wilson. 1993.
1: Clarinet, soprano saxophone
2: Clarinet, alto saxophone
3: E flat clarinet, clarinet, tenor saxophone
4: Clarinet, bass clarinet
About 16 minutes.
Available from Camden Music.

Etudes and study materials

Woodwind Doubling for the Saxophone Player. Charles Pillow. 2013.
Technical exercises and instructional text for doubler playing flute, oboe, clarinet, and saxophone.
Available on Apple Books and Amazon Kindle.

Improve Your Doubling: Advanced Studies for Doublers (Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute). Chris Vadala. 1991.
Etudes for doubler playing flute, clarinet, and saxophone (E♭ and/or B♭).
Some of the 30 etudes include sight transposition and improvising harmony parts.
Available from Dorn Publications. Dorn website has a .PDF file of introductory matter and a sample etude. I have written a review.

Currently unavailable

If you are aware of these being available for sale or in a library, have copies yourself, or are in contact with the composer or a performer, please let me know!

Brandenburg Concerto II: II Movement. J. S. Bach, arr. Mauro Bruno. 1721c, arr. 1989.
Quartet of woodwind doublers:
1: Soprano saxophone, alto flute (or oboe), E flat clarinet
2: Alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute
3: Tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet
4: Baritone saxophone, bassoon, flute, bass flute, bass clarinet
Formerly published by Dorn Publications. No longer listed on their website. No known recordings.

In the Vegetable Garden. Georges Barrère.
Trio including woodwind doubler:
1: Piccolo, flute, alto flute, piano
2: Oboe, oboe d’amore, English horn
3: E-flat clarinet, clarinet, alto saxophone
No known published sheet music or recordings.

Woodwind Portrait. James DiPasquale. Composed for Gary Foster.
Soloist playing flute, clarinet, and alto saxophone.
Band accompaniment.
No known published sheet music or recordings.

Concerto for Doubles. Ralph Hermann. Commissioned by Paul Whiteman; premiered by Al Gallodoro.
Soloist playing clarinet, bass clarinet, and alto saxophone.
Orchestral accompaniment.
About 15 minutes.
No known published sheet music. A recording from 1948 was available on CD on The Many Sides of Alfred Gallodoro, Vol. 1 on Golden Rooster records, which seems to be out of print.

Music for Woodwinds and Voice. Alan Lechusza Aquallo.
Multiple woodwinds soloist and soprano voice.
Confirmed by the composer as no longer available; the score no longer exists.

Doublers’ Madness Suite. Brendan McMullin. 2001. Composed for Terry Halvorson’s woodwind doublers quartet.
1: Clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, soprano saxophone
2: Piccolo, flute, alto flute, clarinet, alto saxophone
3: Flute, oboe, English horn, E♭ clarinet, tenor saxophone
4: Flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone.
There previously was a recording available on Myspace, which no longer appears to work.

Two Doubles. Cynthia Miller.
Soloist playing flute, clarinet, and [unknown] saxophone.
Piano accompaniment.
No known published sheet music or recordings. A reference to the piece exists in a guest recital program from Ball State University in 1995.

Concerto for Doubles. Terry White. 1983? Composed for Robert Carabia.
Soloist playing flute, clarinet, and alto saxophone.
Band accompaniment.
Unpublished; no known recordings.