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We offer a growing catalog of creative, artistic transcriptions and new works for bass clarinet solo & ensemble.
About the Music
We thank the composer for sharing a few words about his Vestige-Quartet for flute, oboe, clarinet in C and bass clarinet:
This quartet was created out of my abiding love for the sound of woodwind instruments, and in particular, the warmth and resonance of the bass clarinet in combination with flute, oboe and clarinet. The title (Vestige) refers to a backward glance at the harmony, melody, and formal practice of bygone eras. Unabashedly romantic in certain passages, classical in its treatment of form, and unapologetically tonal, the music nonetheless pursues a somewhat dissonant palette and multi-metre rhythm, seeking a contemporary marriage of all these disparate elements. Ultimately, though, to my ear, this music is lyrical.
Tempo indications have been left deliberately flexible so that the choice of speeds can reflect the temperament of the performing ensemble.
Score: 19 pages; parts: 4 pages each. Extended-range instrument required for bass clarinet part.
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About the Composer
Henry Renglich has pursued a musical career as pianist, educator, conductor and composer. He trained in piano performance and music theory at McGill University earning Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees in performance and theory, and a subsequent Bachelor of Education degree from York University. While in Montreal, his improvisational skills were in demand at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Linda Rabin Danse Moderne. After working as music director/pianist for the Piggery Theatre, he began composing in earnest, writing a cabaret for The National Theatre School among other works. He has maintained his passion for writing and arranging for the voice, including solo, choral and theatrical works for children’s and adult’s voices.
Henry has taught music in a variety of settings including McGill University and the University of Waterloo, and has remained active as an accompanist, coach and conductor. He is currently Artistic Director of Etobicoke Centennial Choir.
Henry believes strongly in quality music education for young children. His children’s choirs have won numerous awards and been chosen for professional theatrical productions. He currently teaches music at Unionville Montessori School, where he directs choirs and musical theatre productions.
Recent compositions include a Medieval musical for young voices, Ragnell, written with long-time collaborator Alexander Ary, choral arrangements of music by guitarist/composer Anton Apostolov, and a newly minted song cycle, two specks, for baritone and piano.
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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