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.
One of the most prominent Czech composers of her generation, Ivana Loudová (1941-2017) was a member of the composition faculty of the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Prague for nearly three decades. Her early studies in Prague were with Czech composers Miloslav Kabelac and Emil Hlobil, and this was followed by work in Paris with Olivier Messiaen and Andre Jolivet. Her vast catalog of compositions includes works for orchestra, various chamber ensembles, solo instruments, and voice. Air (1972) and Aulos (1976) were dedicated to the great Czech bass clarinetist Josef Horak.
Originally published in 1980, these two works have long been audience favorites, and staples of the performance/recording repertoire of several contemporary bass clarinetists. Unfortunately, though, the original publication has long been out-of-print, and therefore unavailable to performers and students of the instrument. After working with the composer to obtain permission and correct errors from the original publication, Alea Publishing is delighted to once again make these outstanding works available.
Hard Copy Edition
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Extended-range instrument required. Air Score: 6 pages, spiral bound; Air Part: 3 pages, single sheet; Aulos Part: 2 pages, single sheet.
Watch the score as you listen to our performance of Air:
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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