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We offer a growing catalog of creative, artistic transcriptions and new works for bass clarinet solo & ensemble.
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was one of the most prolific composers of the Classical era. Il Maestro e lo Scolare, a two-movement work for piano duet, was composed in about 1778, and is well-known among piano teachers as an excellent pedagogical work. This transcription makes the first movement of this work available as a duo for either two clarinets or two bass clarinets.
The movement is in theme-and-variations form. As the title suggests, the 'maestro', or teacher, plays each phrase first, with the 'scolare', or student, then imitating. Therefore, the two players enjoy absolutely equal challenges. Each variation provides a bit more than the last in the way of technical challenge.
Haydn's original score included very little in the way of dynamic or articulation markings, so suggestions appropriate to the style of the period have been added in this transcription. We are confident this work makes an excellent addition to the repertoire for intermediate-level students on either clarinet or bass clarinet.
Listen to Il Maestro e lo Scolare in it's original setting, for piano four-hands:
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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