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About the Work
Micropieces (2015) is a compilation of fourteen compositions, each of short duration, composed by Andersen Viana. The music is influenced by Eastern creative thought, as seen in the Japanese poetic form, Haiku, which is concise and objective. Various techniques can be found throughout the piece and it is directed to the performer that already has significant knowledge of post-modern music. The piece explores the bass clarinet's range extending from the lowest note possible to an undetermined note in the high treble region.
Micropieces is relatively easy to interpret due to its idiomatic qualities. The overall sonorous and artistic effects are created by alternating slow, moderate, and rapid movements. The movements XI, XII, and XIII frame this work within a greater compositional process. This process, the Hibridismo, innovatively transforms motifs and themes extracted from previous works. For example, elements were taken from Suite Floral (1986) to create a completely new sound in Micropieces. For performance, the silent spacing between one Micropiece and another should be moderated, minimal or nonexistent depending of many factors. This piece demonstrates many modern and virtuosic bass clarinet techniques, thus making it an excellent piece for recitals and competitions. This work is also dedicated to the Duo Alea, Michael and Kimberly Davenport.
Extended-range instrument required. Duo Score: 16 pages. Both players perform from score.
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About the Composer
Andersen Viana (1962-) has a PhD in Music Composition from the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. He started his activities as a composer at age of thirteen and as a music professor at the age of nineteen. At present he works as a composer-conductor, cultural producer as well as a professor at Clóvis Salgado Foundation - Palácio das Artes in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, besides giving lectures and workshops in various institutions both in Brazil and abroad. He did his first studies with his father, Sebastião Vianna (assistant and revisor of Villa-Lobos), and lately he furthered his studies in other institutions in Brazil, Italy and Sweden: Federal University of Minas Gerais, Federal University of Bahia, Reale Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna, Arts Academy of Rome, Accademia Chigiana di Siena and Royal University College of Music in Stockholm. He has also published over forty music articles.
He has received twenty nine awards in Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the USA, including the "Prix de Composition" at "First Composition Competition Festin Choral 2013" city of Billère-France, "First Prize" at the "Susanville Symphony Composition Competition 2012" in USA, "First Prize" in the International Contest of Composition "Lys Music Orchestra 2001" in Belgium, "First Prize" and the "Audience Prize" in the "Lambersart 2006 International Contest of Composition" in France. Up to the present he has composed around 417 musical pieces for orchestra, chamber, voices, acoustic and electronic instruments. He has also composed soundtracks for the following films: A Cartomante, Retalhos do Taquaril, Bem Próximo do Mal (Next Evil), Jogando para o Amanhã, O Próximo Passo, Gun's Speech, Trem Fantasma, 3:00:AM, Corações Ardentes, Filhos de Adão, Perdidos em Abbey Road, Vivalma, Manuelzão e Bananeira, Ofélia, Opostos, Minas Portuguesa, O Homem da Cabeça de Papelão, Convict, Ser Humano (Human Being), Um Dia Qualquer, Nego, Reenactment, Desafios, Oswaldo França Júnior and Padre Victor.
He has also organized and conducted/directed various vocal and instrumental ensembles, such as: "Orquestra Experimental" (1983), "Septheto Rio" (1986), "Coro Pedagógico da FEBEM" (1991), "Coro do Centro de Estudos da Embaixada do Brasil em Roma" (1993), "Coro da Cultura Inglesa BH" (1994), "Trio Barroco" (1994), "Orchestra Virtual" (1995), "Estocolmo Nonet" (1996), "The Duo" (1997), "Coro da SMRU", "Camerata Primavera" (2003), "A Cigarra e a Orquestra" (2006-2008), the "Coral IOCHPE MAXION" (2009) and the "Coral Sebastião Vianna" (2014). He has developed diverse musical projects in countries other than Brazil such as: Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, USA, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Italy, Portugal, The United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Russia and Sweden.
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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