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Alea Publishing is pleased to present the Concert Etudes for bass clarinet and piano by Bulgarian composer Hristo Tsanoff. The seven works will be added to our catalog as individual volumes as they become available.
About the Etudes
The seven Concert Etudes for bass clarinet and piano (2015) belong to a cycle of Etudes for various instruments, titled "Play of the Thought," which provide performers with challenges suitable to prepare them for the repertoire of the 21st century.
Dr. Tsanoff was motivated to include works for bass clarinet in his cycle to refute the notion that the bass clarinetist should not be expected to handle technically demanding works. The composer also intends to show the beauty and virtuosity on the bass clarinet as a solo instrument. As these Etudes are accompanied, there is also much to learn about ensemble collaboration.
PLEASE NOTE: these publications respect the composer's original notation of the bass clarinet part in both treble and bass clef. This is a departure from Alea's normal policy of presenting all bass clarinet parts in treble clef.
Extended-range instrument required.
Concert Etude No.3: Catalog #ALEA1167c; Score: 30 pages, spiral bound; Part: 11 pages, loose-leaf.
About the Composer
Dr. Hristo Tsanoff, DM, is a Bulgarian composer. Born in 1947 in Sofia, he studied the violin, piano, and composition in his youth, in addition to studying medicine and spending much of his life working as a military doctor. His diverse and prolific compositional output includes operas, sacred music, symphonies, violin, 'cello, and piano concertos, as well as the extensive "Play of the Thought" cycle of Concert Etudes for various instruments and ensembles.
For more information about the composer and his works, visit his website!
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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