Alea Publishing Catalog: Quartet

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Anderson: That's Life
The three-movement That's Life (2009) is an excellent addition to the clarinet quartet repertoire. The work is melodic and cheerful, perhaps providing a nice contrast on a recital program. Additionally, That's Life is accessible enough for student performers to work well for a student recital or community music venue.

Catalog #ALEA1071; $18

 
Bach: Fugues
This volume for clarinet quartet (two clarinets, two bass clarinets) contains five fugues from J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. The collection would provide student ensembles with excellent challenges, or provide the experienced/professional ensemble with outstanding additions to the repertoire.

Catalog #ALEA1156; $25

 
Bach: Little Fugue BWV 578
The 'Little Fugue' of J.S. Bach, originally composed for organ, contains one of Bach's most recognizable melodies, and has frequently been transcribed for various ensembles. Alejandro Loveira's transcription of the work for bass clarinet quartet is quite effective.

Catalog #ALEA1066; $18

 
Brahms: Five Songs Op.41
Johannes Brahms composed the Five Songs for men's choir, Op. 41, in 1861-62. This transcription for bass clarinet quartet remains authentic to the original work, conveniently placing the bass clarinetists in very comfortable keys and range.

Catalog #ALEA1157; $15

 
Carey: Perpetual Movement
This quartet for two clarinets in B flat, clarinet in A and bass clarinet in B flat was arranged by the composer in 2016 from one of his earlier compositions. The piece is in three parts, medium fast-slow-fast, and is ideal for student performance.

Catalog #ALEA1158; $20

 
Couperin: The Mysterious Barricades
The Mysterious Barricades is one of the most familiar and popular keyboard works of the French Baroque composer Fran├žois Couperin (1668-1733). With its beautiful harmonies and comfortable range/key, the work makes an outstanding transcription for bass clarinet quartet.

Catalog #ALEA1113; $10

 
Green: Suite for Clarinet Quartet
A light-hearted and accessible performance piece, with themes borrowed from the composer's own children's musical Sea Shanty for a King.

Catalog #ALEA1081; $40

 
Haydn: Quartet Op.76 No.3
The Quartet Op.76 No.3 is one of Haydn's most famous quartets, a favorite of performers and audiences alike. The four-movement quartet, nicknamed "Emperor", was composed in 1797. This transcription would make an excellent addition to the repertoire of an established quartet, as well as valuable study material for a student ensemble.

Catalog #ALEA1049; $22

 
Jacquet de la Guerre: Three Pieces
Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (1665-1729) was a French harpsichordist and composer of the Baroque era. The Three Pieces for Clarinet Quartet, arranged by Kevin Holland, were taken from de la Guerre's Suite for harpsichord in a minor (1687). The three dance movements - Chaconne, Sarabande, and Gavotte - are lovely examples of Baroque writing. With their short length and lack of any great challenge of range or technique for any of the players, the set would make an excellent selection for a student ensemble.

Catalog #ALEA1118; $15

 
Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus
The Ave Verum Corpus, K.618, was composed in the last months of Mozart's life in 1791. The short motet, originally for SATB choir, strings, and organ, is stunningly beautiful in its four-part harmony, and has been frequently arranged for a variety of ensembles. With this arrangement, we make the work available for either clarinet quartet (3 clarinets and bass clarinet) or saxophone quartet (soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone).

Catalog #ALEA1114; $10

 
Mozart: Quartet K.168
This early string quartet of Mozart is highly effective in transcription for clarinet quartet. The highlight of the four-movement work is the beautiful slow movement. Original keys and range have been maintained throughout this transcription. The piece would make an excellent addition to the repertoire of an established quartet; young players could use one or more of the movements as excellent practice in ensemble playing.

Catalog #ALEA1038; $22

 
Muffat: Three Pieces for Clarinet Quartet
The Three Pieces for Clarinet Quartet, arranged by Kevin Holland, were taken from Muffat's Fifth Keyboard Partita. With their short length and lack of any great challenge of range or technique for any of the players, the set would make an excellent selection for a student ensemble. That said, they are also musically worthy of addition to the repertoire of any clarinet quartet!

Catalog #ALEA1101; $15

 
Ogawa: Fanfare
Fanfare is a dramatic single-movement work for clarinet quartet - specifically, 2 clarinets, basset horn, and bass clarinet - with a duration of about 6 minutes. The work would make for an excellent addition to a recital program, especially for an ensemble with comfort with modern techniques.

Catalog #ALEA1126; $25

 
Shao Fern Teo: Playground on a Hill
Playground on a Hill is a single-movement work for clarinet quartet which is accessible for performers and audience alike. Malaysian-born composer Shao Fern Tao has incorporated jazz idioms to achieve a light-hearted character and portray her musical experience in America.

Catalog #ALEA1162; $20

 
Hans Tobel: Quartet for Clarinets
This five-movement work for four clarinets, with two doubling on bass clarinet, is a tremendous addition to the quartet repertoire. It is an effective performance piece, yet wholly accessible for the young player.

Catalog #ALEA1076; $22

 
Henk Tromp: Clarinet Quartet
This three movement work for clarinet quartet is an outstanding addition to the quartet repertoire. It is a dramatic performance piece, yet remains accessible for the young ensemble.

Catalog #ALEA1077; $25

 
Michael Wittgraf: Three Pieces for Four Bassoons
American composer Michael Wittgraf's outstanding quartet for bassoons, composed in 2003.

Catalog #ALEA1082; $22