What? A Piece for Clarinet and Organ?

Actually, clarinet and organ are a good match sonically. They have similar acoustics, and therefore, similar tones.

A few years ago, a local church organist asked if I'd like to do a piece for clarinet and organ. I had never heard of Rayner Brown. But the music was reasonably well written for the clarinet so I gave it a shot.

I think you'll agree it's a pretty cool piece, not too way out but not boring either.

Rayner Brown, Sonata for Clarinet and Organ, 1965

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10 comments for “What? A Piece for Clarinet and Organ?

  1. Eddie
    June 24, 2010 at

    As I was driving home from work and surfing the radio, I found what sounded like a church organ and clarinet playing. It was so soothing and harmonious. Afterward, I called my clarinetist son who did research on it for me and that is how I ended up here.

  2. March 12, 2010 at

    Thanks Jules. This is a great piece.

  3. March 9, 2010 at

    My choir director (a.k.a. amazing organist) was telling me the other day that she thought clarinet and organ would work well together. Thanks for the ideas on pieces to suggest to her. I love this blog.

  4. Anthony Ray
    January 19, 2010 at

    How cool! I've been playing the Clarinet for almost seven years now, and just two years ago I took up the organ. So this is combining both of my favorite instruments into one piece!

    • January 19, 2010 at

      Wonderful. Maybe you can record one part and play the other. A one man band.

    • January 19, 2010 at

      Wonderful. Maybe you can record one part and play the other. A one man band.

  5. Sebastian
    December 20, 2009 at

    I've played the slow movement of the Mozart concerto several times accompanied by organ. I challenge anyone to name me another piece which comes close as a meditative piece for a funeral service.

    • December 20, 2009 at

      What an excellent choice, and I bet it sounds beautiful with organ.

    • Don Platter
      March 9, 2010 at

      Try the slow (Carol) movement of Finzi's Five Bagatelles. Somewhat shorter, less well-known, but works well with organ and clarinet.

      • March 9, 2010 at

        That's a great idea. I've played it with piano and also with strings.

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