Richard Lambert Music

Abigail's Jig for clarinet and piano (Op.10 No.2i)

A lively piece for clarinet and piano combining the atmosphere of an Irish jig and cowboy music!

This lively piece was composed in 1980, originally for flute and piano, to celebrate the birth of Abby, the composer’s daughter. This version was transcribed in 2016. The piece attempts to capture the atmosphere of an Irish jig as played by a piper, with a harmonically straightforward piano part, which uses a mixture of 'vamping' and melodic imitation of the clarinet part.

The introduction is intended to be humorous and rather musically misleading, openly parodying the 'cowboy' music of Aaron Copland. Modal harmony helps to create the mood of pseudo-folk music.


Abigail's Jig for clarinet and piano is in the repertoire list for the 2019 clarinet (grade 7, List A) London of College of Music examinations.


This recording of Abigail’s Jig was produced using computer software called Sibelius: it is not a live recording.


You can purchase Abigail’s Jig in Cameos for clarinet and piano (FM618) from Forton Music.