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We offer a growing catalog of creative, artistic transcriptions and new works for bass clarinet solo & ensemble.
Schubert's 'Arpeggione' sonata, now typically performed on viola or cello, earned its name from the instrument for which it was originally composed. The arpeggione, or guitar d'amour, was a six-stringed instrument, fretted and tuned like a guitar, but played like the 'cello, held between the knees and bowed.
This transcription of the three-movement sonata provides the bass clarinetist with an excellent early-romantic virtuosic performance piece. The more advanced player might choose to add the entire sonata to a recital program; younger players might choose just one movement for contest or audition purposes.
Original key and range maintained. Some passages require comfort with altissimo register; some players may choose to transpose a few measures down by one octave.
Extended-range bass clarinet NOT required. Piano score: 29 pages; Part: 12 pages.
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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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