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Friedrich August Kummer (1797-1879) was primarily known as a virtuoso cellist, and the bulk of his compositions feature that instrument. From his prolific output, we have chosen the Op. 156 duets for two cellos for transcription for bass clarinet duet. Although composed in the 19th century, the works are more reminscent of the classical period than the romantic. As is common in duo works of this period, the parts are imitative, resulting in equal range and challenges for both players.
Each three-movement duet could be performed in its entirety in a recital setting; several of the movements would also stand alone for study or for use in a contest setting. Throughout the set, there is a great variety of material, with menuets, rondos, variation sets, etc. The original work contains relatively few double-stops, so the majority of these have been maintained in this transcription, notated as grace notes. Original keys and range maintained throughout.
Extended-range instruments required. 55 pages, spiral bound.
Listen to a portion of the work in its original instrumentation:
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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