6 duos for clarinet and alto clarinet



1 Arrangement of the old Ulster folk song “I’ll tell my ma when I get home” (The Belle of Belfast city)
2 A la Japonaise – A Japanese style meditation
3 Dance in 5 – A simple cheeky little dance in 5 time.
4 O’Carolan’s Concerto – An arrangement of Turlough O’Carolan’s “Concerto”. The melody switches between the instruments to make the breathing easier.
5 On the Wallaby – Journeymen (young craftsmen) in Germany used to be required by law to go from town to town to practise their skills rather than stay in one town, which gave rise to many songs, of which “Es es es und es” is the best known – (the words of that song mean “it is a hard conclusion but I have to leave this town).
These journeys were referred to as “Walz” so these workers went “auf der Walz”.
The idea of travelling auf der Walz was also taken up in Australia (where they called it “on the Waltz” or “on the Wallaby”) and it gave rise to the famous song Waltzing Matilda, although in the Ozzie song the traveller was a swagman rather than a craftsman. So I have called this arrangement “On the Wallaby”.
6 Rosa Divina – Instrumental version of a duo originally written for bass and alto voices using the words of a Mexican nun, Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz