'Takes all sorts!' was an inspired project by the composer to capture the unique and diverse personalities of some of her students.
Graded at around grade 3- 6 standard, the collection is great to dip into as there is in essence a piece for every mood; from Celtic reflectiveness to road rage, Honkytonk, and Jazz Waltz......
As the pieces are largely pattern based, they make good learning material and many can be played with fairly minimal practice. There is also opportunity for improvisation (however a solo is provided for the wary!) and one or two fun effects along the way!
Review by Hilary S
"This collection of clarinet solos from innovative composer Keri Degg is a wonderful collection of seven pieces that will appeal to all those musicians looking for great music to play.
Unlike many books where you only really like a couple of tunes out of the whole collection, every piece appealed to me.
They also cross a range of styles and moods: 'Lament' is wonderfully haunting while 'Loretta learns the blues' is bouncy and full of joy and always lifts my spirits.
Get this... you won't be disappointed. I'm hoping another book of innovative compositions will be published in the not too distant future".
The Eb Saxophone & Piano collection consists of;
Truffle takes a stroll - A quirky little piece in trotting 4,4 format. Truffle is a gorgeous chocolate labrador belonging to adult student Pauline. Have fun listening to the interaction between piano and clarinet, complete with tail wags! (trill/flutter).
Loretta learns the blues - Saxophone student Loretta was always keen to play this style. The piece begins with a funky piano riff before the clarinet kicks in and struts its stuff!
Jonathan gets his groove on! - Is a fast and funky 4,4 piece inspired by Jonathan, a lovely teenager full of life and random antics! Both pianist and clarinettist must stay on the ball as there are unexpected rhythms at times! This piece features a 16 bar blues (complete with finger clicks from the pianist) where notes are given to improvise with (or alternatively play the written out solo).
Midnight Waltz - is a ballad like gentle jazz waltz inspired by Sheila & Brian, and their dancing days. With inflections of Astor Piazzolla (Argentinian tango composer), the clarinet and piano interact beautifully in portrayal of the two dancers, before the dancers part and leave the floor in opposite directions...
Lament - Written for Sadie who shares the composers love of all things celtic, this simple yet haunting little lament has been very well received by all that have heard it. This piece sounds breath taking in a large church etc.....
Sandra's mini - Dedicated to the petite but feisty Sandra, Sandra's mini tells the short tale of a brief car journey, frantic with road rage! Great fun if you've had a bad day as the 'honks' can be as loud and unrefined as you dare!
Honkytonk-arama - Just that! Written with Naomi in mind (teenage Clarinet student with an infectious giggle!).
The book also contains a 15 track CD featuring tuning note, plus demonstration and backing tracks but remember that Takes all sorts! is also available as a PDF / MP3 email delivery option (simply select this option from our PDF editions category and we'll email your files to you within 48 hours).
An audio medley of excerpts from the collection can be heard by clicking play (triangle button) on the Soundcloud player below (or clicking the link below if using a mobile device);