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Solo de concours (trans Skembos)

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Henri Rabaud

Henri Rabaud (trans. William Skembos)

The original composition bears the designation Opus 10.

General Info

Year: 1901 / 2018
Duration: c. 5:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Clarinet and piano
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
Solo Clarinet
C Piccolo (doubles Flute II)
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Solo de concours, Op. 10, was written for the Paris Conservatoire clarinet studio contest in 1901 while Charles Turban was the clarinet professor. Each year, final examinations at the Paris Conservatoire included a prepared piece (the solo de concurs), and students had four weeks to memorize the solo. The Premier Prix was awarded to the outstanding soloist each year. Although Rabaud’s contest piece was originally written for the clarinet studio in 1901, it was used again as the required solo for the 1908, 1915, 1925, and 1937 examinations.

This transcription was created for the Sam Houston State University clarinet professor, Dr. Patricia Card and the SHSU Wind Ensemble for their performance at the 2018 American Bandmasters Association National Convention held in Fort Worth, Texas.

- Program Note by transcriber


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • William Skembos, personal correspondence, March 2018