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About the Work
Transitory Liaisons (2017), a work for four bass clarinets and percussion quintet, was commissioned by clarinetist Richard Nunemaker and corporate sponsors including Selmer Paris, Buffet Crampon, and D'Addario Woodwinds. The work was premiered at ClarinetFest 2017, in a performance featuring bass clarinetists Stephan Vermeersch, Rocco Parisi, Sarah Watts, and Sauro Berti.
We are delighted to add this exciting new ensemble work to our catalog. Each of the bass clarinet parts includes multi-phonics and slap-tonguing, but the work is not overly-reliant on such modern techniques. Only two of the four bass clarinet parts require extended-range instruments. Score: 70 pages, spiral bound. Parts: 6-10 pages, booklet.
Quoting from a review of the work in the NACWPI Journal (Winter 2020-2021): "Featuring an eclectic instrumentation, Transitory Liaisons is an exploration of timbral sonorities and rhythmic intricacies. ... Transitory Liaisons is an innovative work that masterfully blends several styles into a cohesive and enjoyable composition that would make a great addition to any program."
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Listen to the premiere performance from ClarinetFest 2017:
Here is another recording, from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK. The performance was conducted by faculty clarinetist Sarah Watts, who played in the premiere performance at ClarinetFest 2017:
About the Composer
Daniel Adams (b. 1956, Miami, FL) is a Professor of Music at Texas Southern University in Houston where he has served on the taught courses in music theory and composition since 1988. Adams holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (1985) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Music from the University of Miami (1981) and a Bachelor of Music from Louisiana State University (1978). He is the composer of numerous published musical compositions and the author of many articles and reviews on various topics related to Twentieth Century percussion music, musical pedagogy, and the music of Texas. His book entitled The Solo Snare Drum was published by Honey Rock in 2000. He is also the author of two entries published in 2009 in the Oxford Encyclopedia of African-American History 1896 to the Present and has authored a revision of the Miami, Florida entry for the New Grove Dictionary of American Music (2013). Adams has served as a panelist and lecturer nationally and internationally, on topics ranging from music composition pedagogy to faculty governance. In 2011 he presented a composition Master Class at Ewha University in Seoul, South Korea. His music has been performed throughout the United States, and in Spain, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Turkey, Costa Rica, Argentina, Canada, and South Korea. His music is recorded on Capstone, Ravello, Summit, Albany, and Potenza Records.
Duo Alea, the father-daughter duo of Michael and Kimberly Davenport, began performing music for bass clarinet and piano in 1996. As performers searching for new repertoire and teachers working with students eager to develop as performers, it quickly became clear that there was a need for more repertoire featuring the bass clarinet. Filling this need became the mission of Alea Publishing & Recording.
Since our first publication in 1997, the Alea catalog has now grown to include over 300 titles. We pride ourselves on the accuracy and quality of our sheet music, as well as our ability to ship directly to customers around the world.
We are proud of the diversity of our catalog in terms of the inclusion of works by composers and arrangers from around the world. We are interested in continuing to expand this diversity, representing musical ideas from around the world.
Following Michael's passing in 2019, Kim has taken over solo management of Alea Publishing. In 2020, Alea established the Dolphy Prize, an annual composition award for new works for bass clarinet by black composers.
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