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J.S. Bach composed this delightful set of three sonatas for the viola da gamba, an instrument similar to the 'cello that was in common use during Bach's time. The first two sonatas each have four movements, arranged slow-fast-slow-fast, while the third drops the opening slow movement, starting out immediately with the opening Vivace. The slow movements offer an excellent opportunity to explore baroque ornamentation, while the fast movements are challenging in their counterpoint with the accompaniment.
This publication provides an excellent set of performance pieces without a tremendous demand on range. An extended-range instrument is not required, nor is use of the altissimo register. Original keys and range have been maintained throughout, in an effort to remain faithful to Bach's original works. Transcribed by Canadian bass clarinetist Stephen Davidson.
Selections from this publication appear in the following syllabi/prescribed music lists:
Extended range instrument NOT required. Piano score: 62 pages, spiral bound; Part: 22 pages, spiral bound.
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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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