This site is home to Alea Publishing & Recording, specializing in music for the bass clarinet.
We offer a growing catalog of creative, artistic transcriptions and new works for bass clarinet solo & ensemble.
There are not many Czech composers who have not written a piece for the 'Paganini of the bass clarinet', Josef Horák. Jan Vičar planned several times to write something for Due Boemi (Horák and pianist Emma Kovárnová). However, Horák died in 2005 and Lullabies for bass clarinet and piano was not completed until July 31, 2007. The piece is dedicated to Duo Alea, Michael and Kimberly Davenport.
The work is based on the folk music of Vičar's native country. The five minute long piece is generated from Moravian lullabies chosen from the repertory of a folk singer, Zdena Hovorková. The composer expanded the governing feature of Lydian mode, augmented fourth, into bi-tonality: a mother sings and rocks her baby (simple tune in D-flat major for the piano), but the child's dreaming comes from somewhere else (bass clarinet in G major).
The composer also created versions of the lovely work for violin with piano and 'cello with piano. With few changes other than range, the work is equally effective in each of these versions. Alea Publishing is pleased to make all three versions available.
From the Czech Republic, Jan Vičar (born 1949 in Olomouc) is a prolific composer whose compositions have been performed and recorded by leading Czech soloists, orchestras and choirs in the Czech Republic, United States, Canada, Japan and Europe.
Publication sold with two scores and one part, allowing the soloist to rehearse from the score, but perform from the part to avoid awkward page turns. Extended range instrument NOT required. Score: 5 pages, spiral bound; Part: 2 pages, single sheet.
Listen to a recording of the work in its version for violin and piano:
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.
Since our first publication in 1997, the Bach Suites, the Alea catalog now includes well over 200 titles. As performing musicians ourselves, 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.
As our catalog grows, we offer an open call for scores - e-mail us for more information! In addition to new works, we are also interested to consider artistic transcriptions for publication. 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.
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