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 Music
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Mendelssohn's first cello sonata, composed in 1838, is an expressive three-movement work with a duration of about 25 minutes. In the tradition of the era, the sonata is true chamber music, with the two performers on equal footing in terms of both expression and technical challenge. Alea is pleased to present this excellent transcription of the work for bass clarinet and piano.
This transcription is dedicated to Chicago Symphony Orchestra bass clarinetist J. Lawrie Bloom, whose suggestion led directly to this publication. Mr. Bloom drew inspiration from performances of the Sonata by bass clarinet virtuoso Dennis Smylie.
The transcription retains the original key of B-flat Major, so it works well for both the bass clarinetist and the pianist. The written range for the bass clarinet is from low D to altissimo E. While the low D's are needed to maintain the original range, this piece could also be played on a low E-flat instrument with a few octave changes. Piano score: 59 pages, spiral bound; part: 13 pages, spiral bound.
About the Arranger
Andrew Sprung is second clarinetist of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra (Traverse City, Michigan) and adjunct instructor of clarinet at Spring Arbor University and Hillsdale College. He maintains a private studio of 35+ high school, middle school, and adult amateur clarinetists and bass clarinetists.
He has performed with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Ballet, Windsor (Canada) Symphony Orchestra, Windsor Light Music Theatre, and others. He holds a D.M.A. degree from Michigan State University, M.M. from Bowling Green State University, and B.A. from Iowa State University. He is a Selmer Paris artist.
Listen to the work in its original instrumentation:
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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