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
The End is the Beginning is the End is an outstanding performance piece for solo bass clarinet, both dramatic and challenging yet not overwhelmingly virtuosic. Extended-range instrument NOT required. Solo score: 8 pages, published loose-leaf to avoid page turns.
From the composer's notes: The object of this piece is to create a monophonic line that "accompanies" itself, resulting in an implied polyphony. There are two voices within the melodic line: a bass line and a higher line. Emphasis between the two lines varies throughout the piece. A certain rubato or freeness can be applied to the rhythm to highlight the duality of the lines.
About the Composer
Daniel McDermott is a composer, producer, DJ, songwriter, pianist, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. He studied classical piano and flamenco guitar from a young age before progressing to Jazz piano and tenor saxophone in college. He studied composition to MA level at Queen's University, Belfast. He has attended master classes with Donnacha Dennehy and Simon Bainbridge.
He has attained a scholarship for composition and won a prize for his orchestral work Stab. His music fuses classical, jazz, electronica, flamenco and world music. He released his first album "fractal" in April 2011.
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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