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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, spiral bound; Part: 12 pages, staple bound.
This publication appears in the following syllabi/prescribed music lists:
Listen to the work in its original instrumentation:
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 well over 200 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.
As our catalog grows, we offer an open call for scores - e-mail us for more information! In addition to new works, we are also interested to consider artistic transcriptions for publication. 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.
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