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We offer a growing catalog of creative, artistic transcriptions and new works for bass clarinet solo & ensemble.
About the Music
Marin Marais (1656-1728) is considered to be one of the outstanding French composers of the Baroque period. As a virtuoso viol player himself, many of his works were for strings, either in solo or ensemble. This Chaconne, composed in 1711, was originally for viola da gamba and basso continuo. We find that it is quite effective in transcription for bass clarinet duet.
The key and range of the original work have been maintained. Extended-range instruments are not required for either player. The top part is the 'solo' part of the original, and as such, places more demands on technique and range than the lower part. However, neither part requires a great deal of technique. Therefore, this arrangement would work well as a training piece for student to play with teacher, or perhaps a fun project for two students, one slightly more advanced than the other.
The few double-stops that existed in the original have been presented in this transcription as grace notes, and can be included or omitted at the discretion of the player. Tempo, phrasing, and dynamic markings have been added sparingly, but the performer or teacher should be aware that these are merely a guide, and not original to the composer.
Extended-range instruments NOT required. Duo score: 7 pages, spiral bind.
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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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