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 Music
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) was a French composer, organist, conductor and pianist of the Romantic era. He wrote the majority of his chamber works later in life. His woodwind sonatas, in particular, are among his last works. This Sonata Op.168, originally for bassoon and piano, is tremendous in this new arrangement for bass clarinet and piano by Italian composer Luigi Rago. The three-movement work, dating from 1921, has been described as "a model of transparency, vitality and lightness, containing humorous touches but also moments of peaceful contemplation."
Score: 22 pages, spiral bound; bass clarinet part: 8 pages, booklet format. An extended-range instrument is NOT required.
Listen to the work in its original instrumentation:
About the Arranger
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 began performing music for bass clarinet and piano in 1996. As both 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 Bach Suites, the Alea catalog now includes over 250 titles. As performing musicians ourselves, 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.
In June 2020, we announced the creation of the Dolphy Prize for new works for bass clarinet by Black composers.
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