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.
Johannes Brahms composed the Five Songs for men's choir, Op. 41, in 1861-62, during a time when the composer was writing a great deal of choral music. These five short and relatively simple songs display a range of moods and tempos, as well as the composer's beautiful writing for low voices.
This transcription for bass clarinet quartet remains authentic to the original work, conveniently placing the bass clarinetists in very comfortable keys and range. Extended-range instruments are not required. The set would make for excellent teaching material for young students, effective ensemble contest pieces, or a lovely addition to a concert program.
Extended-range instruments NOT required.
Listen to the Five Songs in their original setting, for men's choir:
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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