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About the Work
Program note courtesy of the composer:
This piece for bass clarinet and piano combines some colors of contemporary music at the very beginning with ones of the Argentinian folk music in the development of the piece. For the bass clarinet, it shows its possibility of playing in the altissimo and also in the very low and rich register, with some passages of enjoyable dexterity. I dedicate this piece to Alejandro, Liliana, Matias and Sabrina.
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Extended-range instrument required. Piano score: 15 pages, spiral bound; Bass clarinet part: 4 pages, booklet.
About the Composer
Sebastián began studying music at the age of 6 at the Athos Palma choir and orchestra school. He start studying the clarinet at the age of 9 and then piano and bass guitar. He studied clarinet with Eduardo Prado and later with Guillermo Sanchez at the "Manuel de Falla" conservatory of music, where he received the diploma in clarinet performance. He later perfected his formation with Mariano Rey and Carlos Cespedes.
Sebastián specialized on bass clarinet, studying with Davide Pietro Lattuada (Royal Concertgebow Orchestra, Amsterdam), Vincent Penot (Opera Paris Orchestra) and Renate Rusche (Elb Philarmonie, Hamburg). Since 2013, he bass clarinet solist at Orquesta Filarmonica of Buenos Aires, Teatro Colón. He has also participated in masterclasses, international conferences and festivals: FEMUSC (Festival de Música de Santa Catarina, Brazil); masterclasses with Ovanir Buosi (Principal clarinet of the Orquesta del Estado de Sao Paulo) and Cristiano Alves (Principal clarinet of the OSB); Primer Encuentro de Clarinetes de Tucumán; masterclasses with Milan Rericha (Czech Republic); Luis Rossi (Argentina), Donald Montanaro (USA), Valdemar Rodriguez (Venezuela); Jonathan Cohler (USA). He studied composition with Diego Taranto and Fernando Lerman.
Outside the academic music, his interests in other music like the Argentinian folklore, tango, jazz, and film scoring made him become a sessionist musician as a player and composer. His passion with his two principal instruments the bass clarinet and the bass guitar drove him to compose his own music and record it at his own studio. He formed a duo with pianist Anais Crestin that aims at exploring the original repertoire for bass clarinet and piano, in which they record their first cd Bajo Templado. He plays with double bassist Juan Pablo Navarro in his contemporary Tango septet.
Sebastián is a Buffet-Crampon artist and plays with Prestige and Tosca bass clarinets. Sebastián plays with Batan Luthier bass guitars.
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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