This site is home to Alea Publishing & Recording, specializing in music for the bass clarinet.
We offer a growing catalog of creative, artistic transcriptions and new works for bass clarinet solo & ensemble.
About the Work
The three-movement That's Life (2009) is an excellent addition to the clarinet quartet repertoire. The work is melodic and cheerful, perhaps providing a nice contrast on a recital program. Additionally, That's Life is accessible enough for student performers to work well for a student recital or community music venue.
The three brief movements, Carefree, Tough Love, and Livin' in the Fast Lane evoke for performers and audience alike three distinct and delightful moods. The work is scored for three clarinets and bass clarinet. Extended-range instrument required for bass clarinet part. Score: 10 pages, spiral bound; Parts: 3 pages each, booklet format.
About the Composer
Listen to an excerpt (beginning of 2nd movement) from a live performance in Tacoma, Washington by clarinetists Lawrence Bradley, Craig Rine, Heidi Huckins, and Cindy Renander:
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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