In addition to the ‘publications overview’, here are some groupings that might help when choosing a Clarke publication. Click for more detail.
(Spiral Lament is in some ways easier than Sunstreams once the fingerings are mastered. Of course the extended language may make it feel more challenging … certainly at first. However the fingers have to move faster in many passages in the other pieces in this list)
ABRSM Exam pieces (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music grade 1-8 plus Diploma - UK and international examining system)
Trinity Guildhall UK based exam system (grade 1-8 plus Diploma)
Carnegie Hall/Royal Conservatory (Canadian/USA exam system grade 1- 10 plus ARCT)
AMED - Australian Music Examinations Board
The vast majority of Clarke pieces have and are used regularly in competitions throughout the world. Here are a few examples:
British Flute Society Young Artist winner 2012 won with own choice piece: ‘Touching the Ether’
NFA (USA) Young Artist set piece: ‘Zoom Tube’
Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Woodwind prize: ‘Hatching Aliens’
Clearly opinions and perspectives will vary on these groupings and the majority of the pieces of were not written for their ‘standard’ but written as pieces of music that often explore the potential of the flute where necessary in service to a musical intent.
Edexcel GCSE Anthology of Music (Edition Peters) - Zoom Tube features in the section ‘Changing Directions of Western Classical Music from 1900’
Various Masters and some DMA theses have referenced or made their focus around various Clarke works.