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.
The Solfeggietto by C.P.E. Bach was originally written for solo piano as an exercise for smooth transitions between the left and right hands. Dennis Smylie, bass clarinetist extraordinaire, arranged this piece for his bass clarinet students in order to practice reading music in bass clef. Dennis was a fascinating person and wonderful musician who was adept at performing on clarinets of all sizes with the bass clarinet being his favorite. He was a dedicated teacher and influenced many bass clarinet students during his long career. I studied with him for five summers at the Aspen Music Festival and it was there I discovered my love for the bass clarinet. This edition of Solfeggietto includes Dennis' arrangement in bass clef as well as an additional version in treble clef.
This publication is dedicated to Dennis Smylie in great appreciation for passing on the love of his instrument to so many.
-- Sunshine Simmons, 2019
Extended-range instrument required. Solo score: 5 pages, spiral bound.
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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