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.
Ondrej Sarek (1979-) was born in Brno, in the Czech Republic. He has studied composition at the Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno with professor Frantisek Emmert, and musicology at the Faculty of Arts at Masaryk University. Sarek's varied output includes works for chorus, a mini-opera, symphonic works, theater music, and jazz-rock compositions. In addition to composing, Sarek plays folk instruments. His specialty is the ukulele, concertina and diatonic accordion. For these instruments he has written and arranged over fifty books.
The Elegies, with their slow and beautiful melodies, were composed in remembrance of a quieter time. The composer urges performers not to rush, enjoying each moment and not expecting breakthroughs in the compositions. In his words, it is "better to dive into it and let it drift." The composer recommends that the Elegies be played separately, not as a cycle.
Extended-range instrument NOT required. Piano score: 9 pages, spiral bound; Part: 3 pages, single sheet.
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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