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About the Music
We thank the composer for sharing a few words about the work:
My Bass Clarinet Concerto was composed expressly for Gerry Green, in admiration and friendship. The subtitle "In Memoriam" is due in part to the work being composed in memory of my friend and former BSO colleague, Andrew Morley, who passed away last year.
The work is cast in a single movement although 3 sections can be clearly distinguished. After a rather intense opening, relieved by a gentler pastoral episode, the music becomes ever more agitated until it leads into the central faster section, which is replete with both uncertainty and humour, the latter represented by both a brusque jig-like passage and evocations of galloping hunting horns. Towards the end of this quick section, a new lyrical theme emerges on cellos before being taken over by violins with a horn countermelody, which marks the start of the final slower section. From this point onwards, the music becomes ever more serene, characterised by a mood of acceptance and resignation. The lyrical theme makes a final appearance on solo bass clarinet before the tranquil close.
The scoring is unusual - 4 horns, contrabassoon, harp and strings along with the solo bass clarinet, which exploits all registers and timbres of this instrument, very rarely given a concerto role.
Extended-range instrument NOT required. Full score: 143 pages. Parts: 4-12 pages each.
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About the Composer
Frederick Paul Naftel was born in Manchester, UK in 1956. He graduated from Manchester University in 1978 and received a Fellowship in Composition from Trinity College of Music, London in October 1980. Frederick's interest in composing began when he was fourteen and developed at University, where he specialized in this area. Although largely self-taught,he considers himself to be an "eclectic" composer, able to write in many styles and formats,as befits the occasion.
Compositions include 2 Concerti for Orchestra, 2 Symphonies and numerous chamber music works. "The Legend of Pandora", a ballet suite, was premiered in July 2017 and September 2018 saw the first performance of the "Double Concerto for 2 Tubas and Orchestra" ("From the Mountains and the Fjords"). Frederick is presently working on a Renaissance Dance Suite, Requiem for Female Choir and a Third Symphony.
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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