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
French composer Claude Debussy (1862-1918) intended to compose a total of six instrumental sonatas for various instruments, yet at the time of his death only three were complete—one for flute, viola and harp, one for violin and piano, and this one for cello and piano, written in 1915. The three-movement work features outstanding writing for both instruments.
Bass clarinetist Hannah Shilvock has always had a love for Debussy's music, and after studying a bass clarinet arrangement of Syrinx, she was keen to be able to perform more of Debussy's music. She arranged the cello sonata with the intention to perform it for her Masters recital, which unfortunately never took place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are delighted to now share her work in preparing the arrangement with other performers!
Piano score: 21 pages; bass clarinet part: 7 pages. Extended-range instrument required.
Hannah Shilvock's recording of this arrangement is now available for purchase on Spotify or Bandcamp.
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About the Arranger
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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