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We offer a growing catalog of creative, artistic transcriptions and new works for bass clarinet solo & ensemble.
About the Work
Recitativo, Toccata e Finale per Due was the first composition written when the composer's family returned permanently to the Czech Republic in 1996 after years of living away from the country's political upheaval. Inspired after a long collaboration and friendship with Due Boemi, the piece premiered in Prague in the spring of 1997. The Recitativo starts with emotional confession which develops into the Toccata, signifying the efforts and struggles of life. The Finale is contemplative with hopeful feelings for the future.
Alea Publishing is thankful to Duo Scoperta for their work in editing the composer's original manuscript to prepare it for publication. This work will appear on the Duo's forthcoming CD, Discovery: Recital Music for Bass Clarinet and Piano. Bass clarinetist Sunshine Simmons and pianist Benjamin Beck produced this album featuring music written for Due Boemi, a Czechoslovakian ensemble of the same instrumentation that began commissioning pieces starting in the 1960s. It was a long and fruitful collaboration yielding hundreds of compositions for Due Boemi. Dr. Simmons is the clarinet professor at the University of North Florida and Mr. Beck is on staff as a collaborative pianist at Jacksonville University.
Extended-range instrument required. Piano score: 13 pages, spiral bound; part: 4 pages, single sheet.
About the Composer
Afrodita Katmeridou was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1956, and achieved her first music degree at the Sofia Conservatoire. She then went to the Czech Republic to study, and finished her Masters degree at Janacek Academy of Performing Arts. Afterwards, she worked as a Music editor for 12 years at Bulgaria National Radio. In 1996, her family returned to the Czech Republic, where she worked as a Professor at Prague Conservatoire and Prague Charles University. In 2016, she completed her doctoral studies in composition at the University of Edinburgh, where she now serves on the faculty.
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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