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 Work
Drei charakteristische Übungen ("Three Characteristic Studies") was composed in 2012 for Shannon Scott, the composer's talented clarinetist friend and colleague. The three movement titles are taken from characteristic tempo/expressive markings found in the symphonies of Gustav Mahler. Keck ("Cheeky") is for E-flat clarinet, which is probably the cheekiest musical instrument of all time. Feierlich ("Solemn") is for Bass clarinet, predominantly exploring its most characterful, richly resonant low register. Trotzig ("Defiant") is for the standard B-flat clarinet.
The three-movement work has a total duration of ca. 6 minutes. Extended-range instrument required for bass clarinet portion of work. Solo score: 7 pages, loose-leaf to facilitate page turns.
About the Composer
Ryan M. Hare teaches composition, music theory, and bassoon at Washington State University, where he is an associate professor of music. He serves as Composer in Residence for the Washington Idaho Symphony, and his compositions have been heard in numerous venues and festivals throughout the United States, and also in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Chile, Thailand, and the Philippines. Hare was recently named "Composer of the Year" by the Washington State Music Teacher's Association, which included a paid commission. Other honors include a prestigious Artist Trust Fellowship, grants from New Music USA's "MetLife Creative Connections" program, the ASCAP Plus Award, and commissions and premieres from the Washington Idaho Symphony, Lake Forest College Chamber Orchestra, University of Idaho Vandaleers Concert Choir, and Affinity Chamber Player, to name a few.
Hare earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Washington; his other degrees include a Master of Music in Composition from Ithaca College and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Oregon State University. He also studied at the 1996 Ferienkurse für neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany. Prior to his arrival at WSU, Dr. Hare held appointments at the University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, and Oregon State University, and taught composition and bassoon at Music Works Northwest.
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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