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.
Haydn's lovely 'London' Trios, so called because they were written during one of the composer's stays in London, were originally composed for two flutes and 'cello. The first and third of the Trios are each three movements in length, with the slow-fast-slow arrangement common of the period. The second and fourth Trios are each just one movement. The four pieces can be performed as a group, but also stand alone just as convincingly.
Because the two clarinet parts were originally for flute, the high range offers some useful challenges for young players, while the bass clarinetist can enjoy some excellent practice in chamber playing. An extended-range bass clarinet is required if the performer wishes to remain completely faithful to the original; however, the use of the extended range is minimal, and an experienced performer or young student with the assistance of their teacher could easily re-write a few phrases to avoid this range if an extended-range instrument is not available.
Extended-range instrument required for bass clarinet part. Miniature score: 30 pages, spiral bound; Three parts: 12 pages each, staple bound.
Listen to a portion of the work in its original instrumentation:
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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