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We offer a growing catalog of creative, artistic transcriptions and new works for bass clarinet solo & ensemble.
About the Piece
12x3 is a piece with a particular timbre, it has been thought for three performers who play the twelve sounds of a chromatic scale (dodecaphony). The first performer is required to play both Clarinet in Bb and Bass Clarinet. The other two play percussion. The structure of the piece has been made in two macro moments that contains both six other small pieces. There is a climax in the use of instruments that increase in the first part and decrease in the second one. It begins with a mysterious clarinet solo in adagio and ends in the same way. But during the piece the time speeds up in the first macro moment and decreases its velocity in the second part.
Score: 33 pages, spiral bound; clarinet/bass clarinet part: 4 pages, booklet format; two percussion parts: 7-8 pages each, booklet format. An extended-range instrument is NOT required for the bass clarinet portion.
About the Composer
Luigi Rago is a composer and a pianist born in 1987 in Italy where he lives and works. In 2019 he achieved a degree in traditional composition at the State conservatory of Salerno "G. Martucci." He has been always interested in music since he was a child when he began to study piano, violin and viola. He won composition contests in Italy connected with the cultural activities of the Italian Lutheran Evangelic Church in Naples in 2014 and again in 2016 composing for solo flute and for solo violin. He published several works in Italy for Photocity editions, with Eufonia Edizioni of Brescia, with GDE editions (Rome), with Da Vinci Classics (Osaka – Japan). He would like to deepen didactic of the music and to achieve in future a graduation in it. Luigi believes that music can be a form of hope for the humankind even if contemporary music with his "bright tones" does not confirm this theory.
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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