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 Work
Peroket for solo bass clarinet was composed in 1999. Clarinetist Guido Arbonelli premiered the piece at the Mozart e il 2000 festival in Assisi, Italy in February, 1999. Peroket comes from the French word perroquet, meaning parrot. The composition includes a bit of imitation of birdsong as well as repetitive motives, both sonic and theatrical.
This is a highly effective performance piece. The work provides technical challenges, but as it does not utilize extremes of range or modern techniques, it is quite manageable for the advanced student or professional player. It has a duration of approximately 6'40".
Extended-range instrument NOT required. The solo score is published loose-leaf to avoid awkward page turns in performance.
About the Composer
Composer, performer and sound artist Peter Machajdík grew up in Bratislava, Slovakia but he has been living in Berlin, Germany for the past 17 years. At six, he began music lessons and at seven, took up the piano. In the 1980's he was not accepted into the Music Academy of Bratislava because his concept of music, at that time, was heavily influenced by the Western avant-garde. At 27, Machajdík graduated from the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Machajdík first became internationally recognised after the success of his multi media work Intimate Music featuring one of the most innovative singers and percussionists David Moss at Inventionen 1994 in Berlin. His prolific output has since been performed and broadcast around the world, placing him in the front rank of today's composers.
Complete biographical details about the composer as well as a works list may be found on his website: www.machajdik.com.
"Machajdík's meditative works in the style of the 'New Simplicity' are becoming increasingly well-known throughout Europe. Peroket (Parrot) was composed for Guido Arbonelli's 1999 performance in Assisi, Italy and is a work of medium difficulty that takes on alternately somber and ecstatic characteristics. Strangely, the extended range of the clarinet is not used - low A is the limit. Likewise the top range stops at the C two ledger lines above the treble clef, except for one E, a third higher. In a few short sections Machajdík directs: 'The performer slowly rotates around his/her own axis.' This theatricality, in addition to the use of one's imagination to be a bit of a parrot within the imitative sections, will connect with many performers and audiences.
Alea Publishing has grown a large catalog of bass clarinet transcriptions - including many chamber works, as well as several original works such as Peroket. With useful links, their website is an excellent resource for clarinet teachers."
-- Gregory Barrett, September 2013 issue of The Clarinet
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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