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About the Work
Two Folk Songs for clarinet quartet (four B-flat clarinets) is a small selection of Brazilian folk songs that are widely known by nearly two hundred million people throughout Brazil. These songs are an integral part of Brazilian school life up to one’s adult life. In fact, children begin to learn these songs when they are still babies. This piece presents a rich inheritance. This piece is easy to play and pleasant to listen to, making it ideal for clarinet teachers, music schools, and festivals.
This small piece for clarinet quartet is intended for elementary level students of the instrument. The third clarinet part is the most difficult, and can be played by the teacher, making it even easier for students to learn this instrument through a pleasant and easy clarinet quartet. The piece was written especially for clarinet students of the Orquestra Jovem Gerais social project when the composer worked there as a composer/conductor of this remarkable musical institution of Minas Gerais State, Brazil.
Score: 5 pages, spiral bound; clarinet parts: 1 page each.
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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 began performing music for bass clarinet and piano in 1996. As both 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.
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