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About the Music
Sestina for solo bass clarinet was composed in 2020.
The sestina is among the most virtuosic poetic forms. Elizabeth Bishop, one of its masters, called it "a sort of stunt." In the first stanza, each of six lines ends with a different word. Subsequent stanzas use the same six words at line-ends, but in a different order which is determined by a fixed pattern. Each word is used in a new light every time it appears, creating a poignant counterpoint of form and meaning. The sestina ends with an envoi in which all six words appear in the span of three lines.
This musical sestina is made up of short, six-phrase melodies inspired by movements from Bach partitas, each phrase ending with one of six notes. The order of these notes differs from movement to movement, following the same sequence as the poetic form. It is revealed in the final movement that these six notes belong to a favorite chorale melody of Bach, “Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied” (Sing to the Lord a New Song).
-- Kian Ravaei, July 2020
Solo bass clarinet score: 19 pages, spiral bound. Extended-range instrument NOT required.
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About the Composer
Kian Ravaei (b. 1999) composes music that evokes the fantastic and the quotidian, engages with dreams and politics, and leverages music's power over the emotions. Kian's works have been inspired by advertisements in early American periodicals, books of etiquette in polite society, Persian poetry, lunar cycles, and a thirteenth century cosmographical treatise. His identity as a second-generation Iranian-American is reflected in his music, often embodying the spirit of both cultures.
Advertisements, a song cycle for baritone and guitar, sets early American print advertisements with the intention of brining out the sense of irony and pathos inherent in them, and was recently premiered by Patrick Graham and Aleia Gonzales Gulino at a KC VITAs concert in Kansas City. Inspired by the story of his parents' flight from the Iranian Revolution, Kian depicted a tortuous migratory journey in Migration Variations for two pianos and two percussionists, which was performed at a reading session by the new music ensemble Yarn/Wire during their UCLA residency. Additional performances include the premiere of Prelude and Fugue in C-Sharp, performed by pianist and Bach expert Stefano Greco at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, and A Little Consort Music, performed by Ensemble Mikrokosmos at Festival Osmose in Belgium.
Recent commissions include a work for speaking pianist and electronics for Anoush Moazzeni of the Iranian Female Composers Association and the Canadian Music Centre, an electric guitar piece for Jiji Kim of Wild Up, an “endangered birdsong partita” for Sleight Ensemble, an elegy dedicated to a late friend for Hypotenuse Trio, and a new work for Willinger Duo. Kian is one of Salastina’s 2020-21 Sounds Promising composers, and is composing a new work for string quartet to be premiered by the ensemble.
Kian has participated in the Curtis Institute of Music Young Artist Summer Program, Montecito Music Festival, N.E.O. Voice Festival, and Sunset Chamberfest Young Composers' Workshop. Past composition instructors include Tarik O'Regan, Derrick Spiva Jr., Kay Rhie, David S. Lefkowitz, Noah Meites, and Juan Pablo Contreras. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, where he studies with Richard Danielpour.
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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