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About the Music
We thank the composer for sharing this note about her Dunas (2021) for solo clarinet:
"Dunas" refers to the dunes or desert of Ica, an area of the Peruvian coast. This dance and rhythm Marinera from the coast of Peru is a mixed loose couple dance and is both flirtateous and elegant, characterized by the use of scarves. In Dunas the Marinera is frequent after the introduction. At the beginning of the piece there is like a dialogue between man and woman: the dancers, and can be play something free of time. That is why each fermata is important to start a new dialogue, for example the man begins until the end of bar 3. Then the woman in bar 4 - 5 and so on they prepare the Marinera. In bar 15 there is a melody in mf, this would be the man and the woman repeats it in p in bar 22 (echo). The Marinera can be played comfortable of time even though it has a dotted quarter = 69.
The Marinera has a certain virtuosity sometimes with the feet, that's why the sixteenth notes and from time to time there is the theme of bar 15, not always the same and this is how the piece develops. Dunas also has small fusion in some bars, such as Arabic melodies or rhythms from the Peruvian coast such as Festejo. At the end, in bar 131, the descending arpeggio is very typical in the Marinera.
Solo score: 5 pages, published loose leaf to facilitate page turns. Extended-range instrument briefly required.
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About the Composer
About the award-winning composer Mónica Cárdenas, critics say, "she offers us a precious mixture of cultures", "a very beautiful work that reflects interpretive enjoyment", "her works are a pleasant sound journey through the vast musical richness of the Latin American continent" (from different magazines of the musical world).
Her compositions for piano, chamber music, symphony and theater are performed on many international stages, and she herself is the one who also makes her piano compositions known, both, solo and in chamber music.
This is how Monica is placed among the Latin American pianists of international trajectory career and occupies a place among the most outstanding composers of the 21st century.
She is invited to international festivals and conferences. Her experience is based on invitations she had in the USA, such as the University of Riverside in 2018 as well in 2019 the Jacobs School of Music (Indiana University) to present her compositional style for piano and chamber music.
She was co-founder of the Cárdenas Trío with whom she had concerts on international stages.
Among her recordings with the Cárdenas Trío are "The 4 seasons of Buenos Aires" with music by Astor Piazzolla; "Labyrinth" with Brazilian classical music by composers such as Villa-Lobos, Nazaret, Mignone, etc.
Her recent contract with Ale Publishing, an American publisher specializing in bass clarinet music, has made possible the distribution of sheet music that Monica Cardenas has composed between 2016 and 2022. Thanks to the sales, her works are performed in many stages and she is invited to play her works for bass clarinet and piano at Festivals and concerts.
Among her productions as a composer and pianist, in 2015 she was invited to participate in the recording of "Anikousto" (works for flute and piano) where she performed her sonata in 3 movements "Festejo en sueños", composed in 2015.
In 2020 Mónica presented "Influence", a piece for string orchestra that is among the works on the CD "Espiral", with the interpretation of the Camerata Gala chamber orchestra from Cordoba, Spain and the production of Ibs Classical.
Her penultimate production in 2021 is the CD "10 Preludes and Fugues of Latin America" for piano that she composed in 2020. She is a performer herself and with this production she won the Gold Medal at the Global Music Awards 2021.
Monica presented the CD in concert on June 18, 2022 in London.
In 2023 she recorded the CD "Chaos", this time as a duet with the cellist Johann Aparicio Bohórquez. The works that make up this production were composed by Mónica between 2013 and 2022. "Chaos" won the Silver Medal at the Global Music Awards 2023.
Mónica Cárdenas is Peruvian - Spanish, began her piano studies at the National Conservatory of Music in Lima and then at the Tchaikovsky Conservatories in Kiew and Moscow.
In 2019 she obtained the Fellowship Diploma equivalent to Master's degree in composition from West London University.
She currently lives in Germany where she develops an intense activity as a pianist and composer.
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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