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The Sonatina Op.79 for clarinet and bass clarinet was composed in 2003 by Austrian composer Wolfgang Gabriel (1930-), and dedicated to bass clarinetist Michael Davenport.
This challenging and dramatic three movement work, with a duration of about 18 minutes, would make an excellent recital piece for the college or professional duo. The first movement, Moderato, features some exciting technical passages interspersed amongst more calm imitative sections. The second movement, molto tranquillo e ugualmente, is in theme-and-variations form, gradually developing an expressive idea in 7/4 time. The final movement is a quick scamper marked Allegro Moderato.
Extended-range instrument required for bass clarinet part. Duo score: 19 pages.
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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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