Music 348: Helter-Skelter (for Bb clarinet and piano)

Here is a piece for piano and B-flat clarinet – again, played on the computer – so it won’t be as exciting as in the real!

It’s called “Helter-Skelter”. The piano part in particular should be played with a great deal of abandonment!

The clarinet part is written for the Bb clarinet, so it will be in the wrong key to play along with on most other instruments. If you want a copy of the clarinet part to play on a C instrument, just email me!

Thanks
Bruce

Click below to hear the piece:

If the above link doesn’t play, then try clicking HERE!

Click here to download a printable copy of the music

16 thoughts on “Music 348: Helter-Skelter (for Bb clarinet and piano)

  1. badfinger20

    It sounds great Bruce. It flows well… For some damn reason I think of rabbits jumping around.

    I wanted to ask you this before because I’m curious. How do you compose? Do you come up with the piano and hear a clarinet while you are composing or does that come later?

    With pop songs I only worry about 1: the melody on guitar 2: the melody or counter melody of the lyrics…I don’t have to worry about hearing another instrument as much.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thanks for the question – I basically don’t know – I usually start writing something – on the computer with just a mouse – and then I seem to go into my own little world and by breakfast time I’m finish – and utterly exhausted!

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      1. badfinger20

        Your process is far more complicated for sure. I start and end with an acoustic guitar. The only time I pull my midi keyboard is when I one finger a background chord.

        Sometimes the melody and lyrics come at once…thats when I know I’m living right. That doesn’t happen much!

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          1. badfinger20

            Yes I do. Sometimes I can’t finish then and it takes me a few weeks…but it’s all I think about.
            Sometimes when I try to force it…it doesn’t work.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thanks – there’s meant to be a loud squawk in the middle – followed by a lengthy pause during which the pianist and clarinettist look at each other with distain. I’ll just have to perform live myself (once I learn the clarinet).

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  2. umashankar

    I have always enjoyed jazz music. I may be forgiven for likening your exquisite piece to that genre, but it did make me brush the dust off my favourite compact discs containing that. They still sound lovely, and usher in the old times. That is one of the defining qualities of music. Years from now, perhaps listening to jazz pieces will remind me of playing your piece in my iPad. It’s a quite morning. Thank you.

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  3. inese

    Thank you, Bruce. Last couple of months I mostly listen to the music. Reading and writing make me tired. I am trying to return to the blogging world, and I will too, but for now please forgive my long absence on your blog.
    This little piece of music speaks a lot to me. We bonded well 🙂

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I delight in having my dull life coloured by your intelligent perceptions, your wit, and your vivacity.

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