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.
Dutch composer Hans Tobel's (1966-) Clarinet Quartet No.2 (Op.47) was composed in 2017. The quartet is traditional in its sonata form, yet more modern in its rhythmic and harmonic components; overall, the piece is easy on the ear. The first movement starts and ends with a slow irregular measure, surrounding a firm allegro. The second, slow movement plays with the concept of major and minor chords, alternating continuously. The scherzo tries to disrupt the audience as to whether they are listening to a 3/4 or a 6/8 movement. The quartet is concluded by a fierce allegro.
Although the bass clarinet part does require an extended-range instrument, there are no extreme challenges of range or technique for any of the players, making the piece an excellent selection for students and amateur ensembles! Scored for 3 clarinets and bass clarinet. Score: 30 pages, spiral bound; Parts: 7-8 pages each, booklet.
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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