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.
About the Work
Nocturne for solo piano is based on motives from Kurt Cobain’s song with Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit. The unifying features are the rising fourth - both melodic and harmonic, the perfect fifth interval, the four-chord progression of the verse F-Bb-Ab-Db, the progression of the chorus F-F#-Bb/B-Ab, and the rhythm short-short-long. In form the piece is a typical three-part Nocturne: quiet-energized-quiet with respective feelings of sadness, increasing power and anxiety, and then sadness again.
Piano score: 11 pages, spiral bound.
About the Composer
American composer Gregory Youtz received his Doctorate in Music Composition from the University of Michigan in 1987 where he studied with Leslie Basset, William Bolcom and William Albright. His compositions include two symphonies, a full-length opera, and numerous other works for orchestra, wind ensemble, choir, and various chamber ensembles.
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 over 250 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.
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.
In June 2020, we announced the creation of the Dolphy Prize for new works for bass clarinet by Black composers.
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