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
A hop skip and a jump away for bass clarinet, violin, and piano was written in 2023 for the composition program at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
Its musical form, the adventure, mirrors a typical narrative schema in literature. Characters, anthropomorphized in the melodies of the bass clarinet, violin, and piano, are introduced until a perturbing element causes phases of action and resolution. Instruments alternatively endorse roles of main, opposing, and supporting characters, telling a universal story of tension and reconciliation onto which the listener is free to superimpose details of settings, personalities, and events.
The piece should be performed like a play. Player-actors can take many liberties to exaggerate aspects of the characters they embody, be it their quirkiness, their best traits, their defects, or the drama of the events they trigger and navigate, so that a different story may be told each time.
At their core, many stories we tell share the same motions, regardless of where and when they are told and by whom. A hop skip and a jump away celebrates the universality of human culture while providing a structure for particular narratives to emerge.
Piano score: 27 pages, spiral bound; parts: 7 pages each, booklet. Extended-range instrument NOT required for bass clarinet part.
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About the Composer
Justine Gagnepain is a student of music composition at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She is honing her craft as a composer by writing quirky and heartfelt pieces rooted in themes like belonging, attachment, and resilience. Justine was drawn to composition by writing choral music and is now expanding her repertoire by diving into a wider range of instruments and ensembles.
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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