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We offer a growing catalog of creative, artistic transcriptions and new works for bass clarinet solo & ensemble.
This volume for clarinet quartet (two clarinets, two bass clarinets) contains five fugues from J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. Bach's original work for solo keyboard includes two sets of preludes and fugues in each major and minor key. Here, we have selected for transcription the following fugues:
The collection would provide student ensembles with excellent challenges, or provide the experienced/professional ensemble with outstanding additions to the repertoire. There are no extremes of range or difficult technical passages; challenges come in the form of difficult key signatures and contrapuntal texture. Original keys and range have been maintained throughout, providing clarinetists with an outstanding opportunity to experience the masterful counterpoint of J.S. Bach in its original form.
Extended-range instruments NOT required.
The following playlist contains the five fugues presented in this volume, performed in transcription for string quartet:
Duo Alea began performing music for bass clarinet and piano in 1996. As both 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 Bach Suites, the Alea catalog now includes over 250 titles. As performing musicians ourselves, 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.
In June 2020, we announced the creation of the Dolphy Prize for new works for bass clarinet by Black composers.
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