31 Clarinet Compositions Written by Female Composers

by Jenny Maclay

In celebration of Women’s History Month, I’ve created a list of 31 pieces for clarinet written by female composers, one for every day this month. By no means is this list comprehensive, but I hope this serves as nice introduction to the wide variety of wonderful music for clarinet by women composers.

I have arranged this list alphabetically by composer’s last name. Please note that many of these composers have written several works featuring the clarinet.

1. Unsuk Chin Concerto 

2. Yi Chen Chinese Ancient Dances

3. Yvonne Desportes Trois petits contes 

4. Marie Félicie Clémence de Grandval Deux Pièces

5. Sarah Feigin Fantasy for clarinet and piano

6. Keiko Fujiie 3 Pieces, Op. 5

7. Ida Gotkovsky Sonata for solo clarinet

8. Mary Ann Griebling Wild Wood-Quiet Wood

9. Augusta Holmes Fantasie

10. Katherine Hoover Concerto

11. Betsy Jolas Episode No.9 “Forte magnum colaraturum”

12. Barbara Kolb Related Characters

13. Caroline Schleicher Kraemer Sonatina

14. Libby Larsen Dancing Solo

15. Elizabeth Maconchy Clarinet Quintet

16. Theresa Martin Gryphon

17. Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar Trzy miniatury (Three Miniatures)

18. Thea Musgrave Concerto

19. Shulamit Ran For an Actor

20. Marga Richter Sonata

21. Jeanine Rueff Concertino

22. Marjorie Maxine Rusche Mood Etudes for two clarinets

23. Ruth Schönthal Sonata Concertante

24. Jeanne E. Shaffer Three Faces of Women

25. Alice Mary Smith Sonata in A

26. Margaret Sutherland Sonata 

27. Germaine Tailleferre Arabesque

28. Joan Tower Wings

29. Norma Wendelburg Concerto

30. Marilyn J. Ziffrin Concerto

31. Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Concerto 

Who are some of your favorite female clarinet composers? Let Jenny Maclay know on her blog here!

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