B Flat Clarinet 1+2
B Flat Bass Clarinet
My arrangement of "I Saw 3 Ships ..." is written in a quasi-baroque style in a quasi-rondo form. For years these 2 English carols have felt to me like 2 parts of the same song and I have arranged them like that.
I say quasi-baroque style because of the articulation and rhythmic approach, and the phrasing is essentially that of baroque, although harmonically I move from baroque through modal harmony.
Quasi-rondo for this piece means that the thematic material is developed through several variations and settings interspersed with original material of contrasting tone. This arrangement gives each player a melodic role and a wide range of rhythmic and contrapuntal movement.