“Le Cygne” – by Saint-Saëns – transcribed for clarinet

This is a transcription of “The Swan” from Saint-Saën’s Carnival of the Animals. Last year I had the opportunity of accompanying an excellent cellist on this gorgeous piece. As I was waiting for a clarinet student one day I tried to play through the cello part on my clarinet, but I had trouble transposing it in my head (switching clefs and all that), so I wrote it out. I thought this might be enjoyable for teachers and students, and it is a great piece for study. I tried to keep it in the lower register of the clarinet, to imitate the warm, mellow sound of the cello. The original full score for the work can be found here. Enjoy!

Le Cygne - Clarinet

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About Lady Fair

Lady is a musician with a bachelor's degree in music education. She plays multiple instruments and has participated in numerous musical ensembles, giving her a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to use in her teaching career. Of her ensemble participation, she has fifteen years of band experience, nine years choral, and four years in orchestra. Éowyn's primary instrument is clarinet, with voice and piano being close secondary instruments. Throughout her musical education career she studied voice and clarinet simultaneously. In addition to clarinet, piano, and voice, she has also studied violin and oboe at the college level, and also plays recorder, tin whistle, and other instruments in the woodwind family. If you ask her, she will say, "I chose to major in music education because I have a desire to use my knowledge and experience in music to share its beauty and foster a love of music in the hearts of my students. I hope to encourage my students to try their hardest, feel like they have accomplished something, and give them a life long passion for music." Lady currently teaches private lessons on clarinet, sax, flute, oboe, piano, and voice, and recently gained a position teaching orchestra and chorus at a local middle school. She is also a member of the Once Upon a Dream woodwind ensembles.
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