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
taking flight is an extremely well-crafted three-movement work for the beautiful ensemble of flute, oboe, bass clarinet, viola and double bass. There are no extreme demands of technique or range for any of the performers, making for an accessible performance piece for a college-level ensemble, or a strong addition to a program for professional players.
Extended-range instrument NOT required. Score: 41 pages, spiral bound; Parts: 4-7 pages each, booklet.
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About the Composer
Virginia Elizabeth Samuel started her career as a violist, studying with Dorothy DeLay and Scott Nickrenz at the New England Conservatory. She has performed solo and chamber music throughout the United States and was principal violist of the Boston Philharmonic. She earned her Ph.D. in Music Composition from Harvard University, studied with Donald Martino, Leon Kirchner and Malcolm Peyton, and has had her music performed in the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel.
Her composition awards include the 2019 VIOLA Competition for women composers, the Walter Hinrichsen Award and the Lakond Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1st prize in the Boston Chamber Ensemble Competition, 1st prize in the Friends and Enemies of New Music Competition, a Music North Performance Award (Canada), a North/South Consonance (NYC) Performance Award, a Soundclock Performance Award at Merkin Hall, (NYC), Vox Feminae Festival (Israel) Performance Award, Kearney New Music Festival - University of Nebraska, two Harvard University Bohemian Prizes, an Atherton Fund Grant, a Heywood Memorial Fund Grant, a Weyman Fund Travelling Fellowship, a Fromm Foundation Award, and a Fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts. Her commissions include ones from EARPLAY, the Michael Foundation, and the Peabody Trio, and her music is published by Henmar Press (C.F. Peters Edition). Her music is available on the Ravello label.
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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