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We offer a growing catalog of creative, artistic transcriptions and new works for bass clarinet solo & ensemble.
About the Music
Olivia's Choice is an intriguing work for clarinet, bass clarinet, desk bells (played by the bass clarinetist) and optional sound visualization. A slow and mysterious opening is followed by dramatic and rhythmically intricate passages with frequent mixed meter. An extended-range instrument is required for the bass clarinetist, who is also asked to make use of slap- and flutter-tonguing as well as playing the desk bells with their feet. Listen below!
Duo score: 12 pages, published loose leaf to facilitate page turns. For the optional live video created by sound visualization, the composer recommends Sound Spectrum (which can be used on desktop, laptop, or tablet computers).
Hard Copy Edition
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About the Composer
Stephan Vermeersch (Belgium) studied at the Lemmens Institute Leuven and Royal Conservatory Ghent in Belgium and holds degrees in Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone and Chamber Music. He studied clarinet with Greet Severens (student of Walter Boeykens) and saxophone with Ed Bogaard. He attended lots of master classes and workshops.
Stephan has gained an international reputation as versatile performer-improviser-composer of classical, contemporary, world and electro-acoustical music with many crossovers to other cultures and art forms (visual arts, dance, film, architecture, literature, theater…). He participated as soloist/chamber musician in a multitude of genres on clarinets & saxophones at concerts and festivals in over 40 countries East- & West-Europe, Middle-East, Russia, USA, Canada, Armenia, Pakistan, India, Japan, China and Mongolia.
As composer/improviser his motto is: "What lies beyond the border: a quest for new captivating music for a wide public: Far reaching and enriching!”
Stephan is an active teacher in clarinets, saxophones and chamber music in Belgium and in the Netherlands. Also here he is gaining a reputation with his special approach: “Learning music brain efficiently: balancing cognition, psychomotorics and affection”. Worldwide he is in demand for master classes and workshops covering many aspects of musicianship.
Stephan is President of the European Clarinet Association: this organisation strives to unite clarinet players beyond country, cultural, social and language boarders and of course collaborate with clarinet associations worldwide. He is a Selmer Paris Artist, D'Addario Woodwind Artist, Das Blashaus Artist, Silverstein Artist and Daniel Bulgheroni Artist. He was International Representative Board Director of the International Clarinet Association (2014-2017).
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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