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.
We are delighted to feature in our catalog this wonderful collection of studies by Dr. Kristen Denny-Chambers.
EXPANDED EDITION (2022):
The expansion of this book includes two additional studies for each key, increasing each page from the original 8 to now 10 studies. The new exercises include a fundamental scale pattern in the major keys, a harmonic minor scale pattern in the minor keys, and a new study in each key based on octaves. Some of the original #1 scale patterns (now #2 in this edition) have also been altered, including expanding the range. I am very thankful for the friends and colleagues who provided feedback from earlier editions that inspired this more comprehensive edition.
As a student, I initially loathed and then craved the challenge of the Kroepsch 416 Studies - Books 1 & 2. At first, I was greatly overwhelmed and underprepared for many of the exercises - especially the lengthy ones. Now, as a teacher, I understand better that many progressing players require a relevant stepping stone before tackling the Kroepsch. Therein lies the rationale for this book.
Well-suited for advancing pre-college students and progressing undergraduate students, Prep Steps Before You Kroepsch is sure to technically challenge, musically satisfy and fully prepare those who aspire to master the Kroepsch 416 Studies.
The studies in this book are written in the order of the circle of fourths with the intention to complement 24 Varied Scales and Exercises for the Clarinet by J. B. Albert and, while ordered differently, can also be used with Foundation Studies from Baermann Book 3, Op. 63 Daily Studies for Clarinet.
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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