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We offer a growing catalog of creative, artistic transcriptions and new works for bass clarinet solo & ensemble.
Wolfgang Gabriel's Sonatine Op.36 (1977) is a stunning three-movement work for bass clarinet and piano, and like his Sonata, is a fine addition to the bass clarinet repertoire. All three movements make use of the full range of the instrument in a lyric context, requiring familiarity and comfort with the altissimo register. The work does not, however, require an extended range instrument.
In the first movement, Andantino, the bass clarinet and piano exchange melodic ideas amidst frequent changes of tempo and meter. The second movement is a beautifully lyric Adagio. The last movement is a dramatic Allegrissimo complete with a cadenza for the bass clarinet. As a true chamber work, there are challenges to be found for both performers. The duration is approximately 12 minutes.
This publication appears in the following syllabi/prescribed music lists:
Extended-range instrument NOT required. Piano score: 17 pages; Part: 7 pages.
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Watch the score as you listen to our recording of the first movement of Sonatine:
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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