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
Niagara Majesty is a lovely one-movement quintet for flute, oboe, B-flat clarinet, bassoon, and bass clarinet. It is a tribute to Niagara Falls. The piece features three thematic units that appear in various keys throughout the piece. All five parts are quite accessible in difficulty level, and an extended-range instrument is not required for the bass clarinet. Duration: ca. 5'30".
Score: 7 pages, spiral bound; parts: 3 pages each, booklet.
About the Composer
Peter J. Pecora, Jr., musician, composer and retired special education teacher, lives in New York State. He studied music at Onondaga Community College (A.A.S.), music education at the State University of New York at Buffalo (B.F.A. & M.F.A.), and special education at Syracuse University (M.S.).
Pete studied clarinet with David Bomstein (1973-1974), Gerald Zampino (1974-1975, at that time principal clarinet of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra), and Allen Sigel at SUNY Buffalo (1975-1978). His flute teachers were John Oberbrunner (1975, at that time principal flute of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra) and Petr Kotik (1976-1977) and Robert Mols (1977-1979) at SUNY Buffalo. He studied composing with Joe Riposo in central New York.
Pete taught private clarinet and saxophone lessons in central New York and was a special education teacher for many years. He has performed in and written music for many bands and musical settings in the Buffalo and Syracuse, NY areas, including jazz, rock, R&B, classical, and gospel music. He has also written music for and directed church choirs.
Pete’s compositions include music for clarinet, flute, and saxophone ranging from solo with piano to trios and quartets. Some of Pete’s compositions for flute have received honors from the National Flute Association in their annual Newly Published Music Competition. In 2020 his arrangement of Sussex Carol was a finalist in the trio category and in 2021 his original piece, The Sailor and the Sea, received an honorable mention in the trio category. His clarinet, flute, saxophone, and double reed compositions are available from Wonderful Winds in England.
Pete's current musical activities, besides composing and arranging, include playing flute and saxophone in the worship band at the church he attends and performing in the central New York area. Pete's music can be found at www.reverbnation.com.
(Photo by Sandra Roe, Photos at 1020)
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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