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About the Music
Despite its brief length, this single-movement work for solo A clarinet contains a great deal of drama, with several changes of mood and tempo. It presents some technical challenge, but does not ask of the performer any extended techniques or use of altissimo register, and so would make a fine performance piece for an advanced high school or college-level player.
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About the Composer
Susanna Lee is a budding composer, songwriter, arranger, and clarinetist based in Bristol, United Kingdom. Growing up in the city, she attended Colston’s Girls’ School after receiving a music scholarship in clarinet performance. Originally an aspiring singer-songwriter, Susanna moved to London in 2015 to study an undergraduate degree in Popular Music at Goldsmiths, University of London. After completing the first year, she rediscovered her passion for composing and transferred to the Music course at Goldsmiths to continue her studies and specialise in composition with Jeremy Peyton-Jones and later Roger Redgate. In February 2020, Susanna returned to Bristol to begin a career in film and television composition.
Susanna first discovered her love for composing at the age of eleven whilst holidaying at the composer Philip Wilby’s windmill. Her first work for piano was written there, based on a melodic representation of the windmill’s sails and the experience of having lived inside. Susanna received her first commission to compose a Christmas carol for her school’s carol service in 2011. Using the words by Clement Clarke Moore, she composed 'The Night Before Christmas', premiered in Bristol’s Clifton Cathedral. The success of its debut performance led to commissions to compose for theatre, including the music to the lyrics of a missing song for a production of 'Fuenteovejuna' by Lope de Vega, and the entire soundtrack for the production of Annie Siddons’ version of Rapunzel, both performed in Bristol and receiving critical acclaim. During her teenage years, Susanna taught herself the guitar and became increasingly interested in songwriting. Whilst at school, she formed her first band which regularly performed covers of songs in concerts specially arranged by her. As a clarinetist, she first played with the Bristol Ensemble Training Orchestra and Bristol Schools’ Philharmonia, and now regularly performs with the Impromptu Clarinets ensemble and various orchestras in and around Bristol and London.
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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