for accordian and string orchestra
The accordion is extremely well-known in our regions as a folkmusic instrument, not however, as a concert solo instrument – and that together with orchestral accompaniment! The few works written for this combination stem almost all from renowned bandoneon virtuoso Astor Piazolla. In fact his compositions are not works for accordion and orchestra but for the South American variant – the bandoneon. Although Piazolla composed for another instrument he also provides, to a certain extent, the measuring staff for my Accordion Suite.
The work is in four movements (Rezitativ, Musette, Cantilena & Danza), arranged and required in addition to the string orchestra is a clarinet and a vibraphone. The four movements are strung together in a suite form, whereby each movement merges seamlessly into the next. The accordion as a solo instrument is thereby apparent in four different ways:
- in the first part as a recitative instrument (similar to opera), very melodious
- in the second part as a typical French instrument (French: "Musette")
- in the third part with, amongst others, a solo cadence
- in the fourth as a more chordal instrument, which takes over the 7/8 rhythm of the strings
The whole work is characterised by its rhythmical diversity, which also affects the 5/4 and 7/8 time.
Duration: 15' 00"