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.
About the Music
Ferdinand David (1810-1873) was a German violinist and composer of the Romantic era. This Concertino, originally for bassoon, is one of his more familiar works. The single-movement work has a duration of just under 10 minutes, making it an ideal choice for contest, jury, or audition purposes. That said, it is musically worthy of a place on a recital program. Alea is pleased to present this excellent transcription of the work for bass clarinet & piano.
The original key is maintained in this transcription, placing the bass clarinet part comfortably in C major. An extended-range instrument can be utilized, but is not required, as alternative passages are provided for performance on a low E-flat instrument. Piano score: 22 pages, spiral bound; part: 7 pages, spiral bound.
About the Arranger
Andrew Sprung is second clarinetist of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra (Traverse City, Michigan) and adjunct instructor of clarinet at Spring Arbor University and Hillsdale College. He maintains a private studio of 35+ high school, middle school, and adult amateur clarinetists and bass clarinetists.
He has performed with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Ballet, Windsor (Canada) Symphony Orchestra, Windsor Light Music Theatre, and others. He holds a D.M.A. degree from Michigan State University, M.M. from Bowling Green State University, and B.A. from Iowa State University. He is a Selmer Paris artist.
Listen to a performance of the transcription by Andrew Sprung! Note: audio only, no video:
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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