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Carnival of Venice (Clarke)

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Herbert L. Clarke

Traditional, arranged by Herbert L Clarke

General Info

Year: 1940
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: VI (solo); IV (ensemble) (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $77.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00

For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Solo Cornet
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This dazzling cornet/trumpet virtuoso piece was based on an air by Niccolò Paganini, and was originally composed for violin. Herbert L. Clarke was called the greatest cornetist of all time, and at the urging of another famous cornet soloist, Walter Rogers, Clarke was encouraged to write his own solos. His composition legacy includes over fifty solos, duets, and trios, as well as marches and works for concert band. Carnival of Venice may well be his best-known piece, and generations of brass players have worked to conquer and perform this masterwork.

- Program Note from publisher

The Carnival of Venice is a folk tune popularly associated with the words "My hat, it has three corners". A series of theme and variations has been written for a number of solo instruments, as "show off" pieces that contain virtuoso displays of double and triple tonguing, and fast tempos.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Clarke, H. (1940). Carnival of Venice : Cornet (Trumpet) Solo with Band Accompaniment [score]. Warner Bros.: [United States].
  • Carnival of Venice (song), Wikipedia Accessed 26 April 2016