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
Carl Stamitz (1745-1801) was a prominent member of the second generation of Mannheim composers of the Classical era. He wrote more than 60 concertos, including seven solo concertos for bassoon. Alea is pleased to publish Andrew Sprung's outstanding transcription of Stamitz' Bassoon Concerto in F Major for bass clarinet and piano.
The original keys are maintained in this transcription, placing the bass clarinet part in G Major for movements 1 and 3 and C Major for movement 2. While the original range is to low written D, alternative passages are provided for performance on a low E-flat instrument. There are cadenzas in the first and second movements of this concerto. This edition includes two virtuosic cadenzas for bass clarinet to low C and two cadenzas of moderate difficulty for bass clarinet to low E-flat.
This three-movement work allows for practical study of Classical style and is an excellent choice for performance in a recital, contest, jury, or audition.
About the Arranger
Andrew Sprung is second clarinetist of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra (Traverse City, Michigan) and adjunct instructor of clarinet at Spring Arbor University and Hillsdale College. He maintains a private studio of 35+ high school, middle school, and adult amateur clarinetists and bass clarinetists.
He has performed with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Ballet, Windsor (Canada) Symphony Orchestra, Windsor Light Music Theatre, and others. He holds a D.M.A. degree from Michigan State University, M.M. from Bowling Green State University, and B.A. from Iowa State University. He is a Selmer Paris artist.
Listen to the first movement of 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 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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