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.
The Sonata Op.30 (1975) is a challenging four-movement work with a duration of approximately 19 minutes. The entire work could easily serve as the centerpiece of a recital program, and a movement from the piece would be an excellent choice for contest or audition for the ambitious high school player.
Although composed late in the 20th century, the Sonata is based on Welsh folk songs, and is therefore highly melodic. The bass clarinet writing utilizes the full range of the instrument, including some challenging altissimo passages, but the work does not require an extended-range instrument. As a true chamber work, the parts are relatively equal in difficulty, requiring skilled performers on both instruments.
This publication appears in the following syllabi/prescribed music lists:
Extended-range instrument NOT required.
Listen to the fourth movement of our recording of the work, while you watch the score!
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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