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We offer a growing catalog of creative, artistic transcriptions and new works for bass clarinet solo & ensemble.
About the Music
Legacy for solo e-flat clarinet was composed for the Costa Rican performer Nelly Rodriguez, who premiered the piece in March 2022. We thank the composer for sharing the following program note about the piece:
The title "Legacy" refers to my Jewish heritage and the work attempts to encapsulate a history of tradition, persecution and resilience. The opening and closing passages recreate the sound of the ancient shofar (ram's horn), blown at the Jewish New Year and to signal the end of Yom Kippur. A couple of Hebraic chants are also integrated into the fabric of the work. The music ends with a shout of defiance.
Solo score: 7 pages; published loose-leaf to facilitate page turns.
Hard Copy Edition
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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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