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 Work
We are delighted to add to our catalog Merapi (2011) by Indonesian composer Krisna Setiawan, making the work of this important composer available to a wider audience. Merapi is a short work for clarinet and voice (soprano range). The title references Indonesia's most active volcano, yet the composer stresses that the understanding of the text's meaning is not crucial, as he envisioned the voice as an instrument. We publish the work with two scores, one for each performer, in loose-leaf format to avoid page turns.
About the Composer
Krisna Setiawan is one of Indonesia's most active composers and pianists. Born in Surabaya, he studied classical and jazz piano, the latter with renowned Indonesian jazz pianist Bubi Chen. He made his concert debut at Goethe-Haus by invitation of The German Cultural Centre. His skills have since been recognized internationally with invitations to perform in Hue (Vietnam), at the Wittenberg University (The United States), at Bachforum Plettenberg and St. Dionysius Dortmund (Germany).
As a composer, Setiawan studied music analysis and composition with Slamet A. Sjukur, a pupil of Olivier Messiaen and widely regarded as the leading figure in Indonesian contemporary art music. Setiawan is at the forefront of the emerging trend of multicultural music, which aims to seamlessly interweave traditional Asian techniques, instruments and motifs with classical Western methods. He is responsible for the development of distinctive pentatonic scales, which replicate the musical landscape of the West and East.
Setiawan was funded by The Prince Claus Foundation to participate in a composer's workshop at Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland in Weikersheim, Germany by invitation of Professor Dieter Mack. He remains the first and only composer from South East Asia to have been invited to the Visby International Composer Centre in Gotland, Sweden as a composer-in-residence. In recognition of this seminal achievement, his works have been archived by multiple music libraries and universities such as Austrian Composer's Association (AKM/AustroMechana), Wittenberg University, Museum Musik Indonesia, Universiti Teknologi Mara in Malaysia and Gaudeamus Muzik Centruum in The Netherlands.
Setiawan's compositions have been recorded and played in both classical concerts and jazz festivals and have been widely performed in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, The United States, Germany, and The United Kingdom. Some of his recordings were released and sponsored by Bamacher Musikverlag Austria, John Robert Powers International and Surabaya Arts Council.
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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