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
We are pleased to announce the inaugural winner of the Dolphy Prize, Dr. Malcolm J. Solomon. His two-movement work for bass clarinet and piano, The Mindlessness of It All, is a dramatic and powerful addition to the repertoire for this ensemble. Reviewers described the work as "substantial and unique," featuring "intriguing rhythmic interplay between the bass clarinet and piano."
An extended-range instrument is NOT required for the bass clarinet. There are some passages of flutter-tonguing but otherwise no extended techniques or extremes of range required. Piano score: 46 pages. Bass clarinet part: 11 pages.
Listen to the world premiere performance, given by Sarah Watts and Kim Davenport at the International Clarinet Association's 2023 Low Clarinet Festival, January 5, 2023:
Listen to the premiere recording by Jennifer Nelson, bass clarinet and Kim Davenport, piano:
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About the Composer
Malcolm J. Solomon is a composer, a writer, a director and an independent filmmaker. Having earned master’s and doctoral degrees from Rice University, he divides his time between the previous occupations and teaching at the university level.
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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