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About the Music
This excellent transcription of Franz Danzi's Concerto Op.47 for clarinet, bass clarinet and piano is a wonderful addition to the repertoire. Originally for clarinet, bassoon and orchestra, the work is a lovely example of late classical/early romantic style. The bass clarinet balances the clarinet even more effectively than the original bassoon. The three-movement work has a duration of about 15 minutes. Listen to the piece in its original instrumentation:
Franz Ignaz Danzi (1763-1826) was a German composer, cellist and conductor. He was the son of the Italian cellist Innocenzo Danzi. Stylistically his work marked the transition from Viennese Classicism to early Romanticism. He was the same age as Beethoven and appreciated the music of W. A. Mozart and Carl Maria von Weber. He lived in a stimulating cultural climate being the son of a singer, his brothers were a composer and a singer. As a young man he also met W. A. Mozart. He worked in various cities of Germany such as Mannheim, Munich and Stuttgart. He studied with Abbot Vogler and entered court circles in the orchestra as a cellist. In 1780, at the age of just seventeen, in Mannheim he began to publish his chamber compositions for wind instruments, which are the best works of his production for their ability to enhance the timbre and characteristics of each individual instrument. Particularly well known are the quintets for wind instruments. In Munich in 1798 he was deputy director Kapellmeister of the court and then later to Frederick I in Stuttgart. The last period of his musical activity operated in Karlsruhe, continuing to be interested in the music of Carl Maria von Weber.
Score: 40 pages; parts: 8-10 pages each. Extended range instrument NOT required for bass clarinet part.
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About the Arranger
Luigi Rago is a composer and a pianist born in 1987 in Italy where he lives and works. In 2019 he achieved a degree in traditional composition at the State conservatory of Salerno "G. Martucci." He has been always interested in music since he was a child when he began to study piano, violin and viola. He won composition contests in Italy connected with the cultural activities of the Italian Lutheran Evangelic Church in Naples in 2014 and again in 2016 composing for solo flute and for solo violin. He published several works in Italy for Photocity editions, with Eufonia Edizioni of Brescia, with GDE editions (Rome), with Da Vinci Classics (Osaka – Japan). He would like to deepen didactic of the music and to achieve in future a graduation in it. Luigi believes that music can be a form of hope for the humankind even if contemporary music with his "bright tones" does not confirm this theory.
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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