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About the Music
Tesserae, composed in 2014, is based on antithetic intertextual manipulations - a tool called Tessera - combined to filtering of pitches by specific pitch-class sets. This work applies visual concept of mosaic to musical field. Thus, tesserae, tiles used to create a mosaic, correspond to distinct character moments, and the visual figure perceived in the mosaic corresponds to the musical work itself.
Tesserae was awarded the 2021 Dolphy Prize (professional category) by Alea Publishing. The Dolphy Prize is an annual award for new works for bass clarinet by Black composers.
Extended-range instrument required for bass clarinet part. Score: 25 pages; parts: 7 pages each.
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About the Composer
Helder Oliveira, Brazilian composer, received his Licentiate degree in Music and his Vocational degree in Piano Performance from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. He received his Master’s degree in Music (Composition) from the Federal University of Paraíba, Brazil, and studied composition with Danilo Guanais, Manoel Nascimento, Rodrigo Cicchelli, and Liduino Pitombeira. Additionally, Helder studied Music Theory with Professor Robert Peck at Louisiana State University (LSU) and Liduino Pitombeira at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). Helder was a 2019–20 Fulbright Visiting Researcher at LSU, under the supervision of professor Jeffrey Perry, and had classes there in Music Theory with professor Robert Peck and Score Reading with professor Dinos Constantinides. Helder received his PhD in Music Composition from the UFRJ, under the guidance of professor Liduino Pitombeira. Finally, his works have been awarded and performed in Brazil, USA, Canada, Portugal, Ireland, Germany and Denmark. Some awards include the 1st prize in the 5th Composition Competition of the Academia de Flauta de Verão, 1st Prize in the A Hymn for Mercy Competition 2019, the Internationalen Eisenacher Bach Kompositionspreis 2020, Happy Composer Commission Project 2020, Stellar Composer Competition 2021, and the 2021 Dolphy Prize.
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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