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Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934), an English composer best known for his Enigma Variations and Pop and Circumstance Marches, composed the Romance, Op. 62, for bassoon and orchestra in 1910. This transcription of the work for bass clarinet and piano is taken from the composer's own piano reduction of the orchestral score. Long a staple of the bassoon repertoire, both for study and in concert, Alea is pleased to make this lovely work available for bass clarinetists.
The single-movement work has a total duration of about 5 minutes, making it ideal for contest or audition settings, although it would also make for an excellent addition to a recital program. The work is in A-B-A form: an opening Andante in minor is followed by a slightly faster middle section in the relative major, and the work concludes with a return to the musical material of the opening section. An extended-range instrument is not required, although if available, can be utilized at one point within the work. Piano Score: 7 pages, spiral bound; Part: 2 pages, single sheet.
Listen to the work in its original instrumentation:
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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