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About the Music
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799) was a violinist and conductor who rose to the height of musical prominence in Paris during the Classical era. We are delighted to add this arrangement of his Symphony No. 1 to our catalog. Bass clarinetist Dr. Sarah Watts has expertly transformed the work, originally scored for strings with oboe and horn, for low clarinet ensemble. The lovely three-movement classical era work would make an excellent addition to a program for low clarinets.
Instrumentation: bass clarinet 1, 2, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5, and 6, contra-alto clarinet, and contra-bass clarinet. Parts can be doubled to facilitate a larger low clarinet choir, and to take advantage of all splits within each part. Only a few extended-range instruments are required within the ensemble, as the majority of the parts do not require this range.
Score: 96 pages, spiral bound; Parts: 8-12 pages each, booklet.
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About the Arranger
Sarah Watts studied clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music with Angela Malsbury and Victoria Soames Samek (bass clarinet). Sarah then decided to specialise in bass clarinet and continued her studies at the Rotterdam Conservatorium bass clarinet with Henri Bok, funded by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and a Leverhulme Trust Studentship. Sarah was awarded the Exxon prize for the best classical music student in Rotterdam.
Successes include: Winner, UK Howarth Clarinet Competition 2000; Winner, Hawkes Clarinet Prize (RAM) 2001; Winner, Sir Arthur Bliss Chamber Music Prize (RAM) 2000; Winner of wind section and Faber Prize, UK Performing Australian Music competition, 2001 (her clarinet and bass clarinet recital was broadcast on ABC radio); Finalist, Wind section, Royal Overseas League Competition 2000.
Sarah specialises on the bass clarinet and has gained an international reputation as an artist, teacher and researcher on the instrument. She has performed solo repertoire across the UK, Ireland, Asia, Europe and the Americas and has attracted composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Piers Hellawell and William Sweeney to write works for her. In January 2003, Sarah performed a solo bass clarinet recital in London’s Purcell Room as part of the Park Lane Group Young Artist Series.
Sarah is Director of Performance at the University of Sheffield, where she also teaches clarinet and bass clarinet. Sarah hosts bass clarinet and clarinet courses on the Isle of Raasay in Scotland and has run and taught on many wind chamber music courses in the UK and France. Sarah has given workshops on bass clarinet technique at many establishments around the world and was bass clarinet tutor at RNCM from 2012 - 2022.
Sarah performs with Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, rarescale and SCAW. Shehas completed a PhD in bass clarinet multiphonic analysis at Keele University and has published ‘Spectral Immersions; A Comprehensive Guide to the Theory and Practice of Bass Clarinet Multiphonics’ via Metropolis publishers.
Sarah is an Henri Selmer Paris artist, a Vandoren UK artist and a Silverstein Ligature artist.
In 2016, she was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), London.
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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