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
American composer Alastair Hood (1935-2003), originally from Portland, Oregon, spent most of his life in Seattle, Washington. Hood played many roles in his musical life: composer of concert music, respected jazz pianist and free improviser, and teacher to a generation of Seattle jazz musicians.
Makyo was composed in 1980 for Michael Davenport, and performed numerous times by the two musicians, who also collaborated as an improvisatory duo. The expressive one-movement piece alternates sections of precise notation, spatial notation, and improvisation. For the improvised sections, the composer allows the performers much freedom, within the context of developing the preceding composed material. The second of the three improvised sections asks the bass clarinetist to improvise with multiphonics.
Because of the composer's use of spatial notation, both performers are provided with a score. The piano score (spiral bound) presents the bass clarinet at sounding pitch. The bass clarinet score (loose leaf to prevent page turns) presents the bass clarinet in B-flat.
Extended range instrument NOT required. Piano score: 4 pages, spiral bound; Bass Clarinet score: 4 pages, loose leaf.
Listen to a live performance from 1997 by Michael Davenport with his daughter Kim on piano:
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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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