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 Work
Program note courtesy of the composer:
Skein Eponym for bass clarinet and piano is a work that brings together elements of Lydian and Phrygian soundworlds. The combination of modal harmony with elements of 21st Century classical music comes together to form a piece of music that brings a host of sounds that are less common to the Western ear. From dark Phrygian passages to bright Lydian flourishes and the feeling of chromaticism brought about by the Bartokian inspired Lydian-Phyrgian polymode, Skein Eponym provides a challenging and fresh addition to the Bass Clarinet repertoire.
Extended-range instrument required. Piano Score: 10 pages, spiral bind; Bass Clarinet Part: 3 pages, booklet.
About the Composer
Oliver Pickup (1994) is a British composer from York, UK. Oliver studied at the University of York specialising in Composition and studied with composers such as Martin Suckling, Roger Marsh, Thomas Simaku, John Stringer and Ambrose Field. Much of Oliver's work focuses on the use of performer placement and sound localisation as a primary factor in the compositional process for acoustic and electro-acoustic chamber ensembles.
Outside of the world of modern classical music, Oliver also enjoys working with modal harmony and incorporating this into more light music as a way to bring exciting flavours to people who may not have had any experience with this type of harmony. As a conductor, Oliver has premiered new works by composers such as Catherine Robson, Eilidh Pollard and Rose Hall, and acts as a freelance musical director.
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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