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.
The Ave Verum Corpus, K.618, was composed in the last months of Mozart's life in 1791. The short motet, originally for SATB choir, strings, and organ, is stunningly beautiful in its four-part harmony, and has been frequently arranged for a variety of ensembles.
With this arrangement, we make the work available for either clarinet quartet (3 clarinets and bass clarinet) or saxophone quartet (soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone). We have transposed the key in each case to one which provides the players with an ideally comfortable range and little challenge of reading. Otherwise, however, we have maintained the integrity of Mozart's original work.
Each part is simple and accessible enough that the ensemble is workable for young students. That said, because of the beauty and musical sophistication of the work, it could also make for a lovely addition to a recital program for advanced/professional players.
Extended-range instrument NOT required. Full score: 2 pages, single sheet; Parts: 1 page each.
Listen to the work in its original instrumentation:
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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