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.
Since the release of our first publication, the unaccompanied 'cello suites of J.S. Bach, we have had frequent requests to publish more Bach for the bass clarinet. With this volume, we make available two complete works from the Six Sonatas & Partitas, originally for solo violin.
The Sonatas & Partitas hold special importance for me, as they were assigned by my first teacher, Robert Main. They were to be practiced both as written, and then in transposition. This publication provides the transposed version, so that the pieces sound in the original key. Original range is also maintained throughout: played on bass clarinet, the pieces will sound one octave lower than the violin original; on soprano clarinet, at the same octave as the violin. I think the pieces are both musically and technically challenging, and provide some of the best material available for teaching both phrasing and efficiency of breath.
-- Michael Davenport
Extended-range instrument NOT required; 24 pages, spiral bound.
Listen to the works as performed in their original instrumentation, for solo violin:
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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