JS Bach piece for accordion and flute
#1
With a name like Convertino, you're destiny is classical accordion...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsN0jruHtcE

A blessing for ears and eyes.
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#2
Excellently done!

My own stupid little criticism... while listening to it, this combination sounded "off", and then it hit me... I firmly believe that had the accordion used the organ register on the right hand, it would have changed the entire piece for me. The clarinet register and the flute were just sonically clashing left and right, and then the flute seemed to overpower the accordion, there was no harmonious exchange or back and forth of melody and harmony, they were all just "there" and the flute volume ran all over the harmony of the accordion making it near invisible, especially the right hand, oddly enough.

Now, this could have been totally different while sitting there and listening to them in person, but the way that the sound was captured introduced all kinds of unnecessary clashes to my ears as I was listening to it on my Bose speakers and right after, on headphones.

Anyone feel like slapping me up the side of the head and saying that I was just being stupid? Big Grin Big Grin
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#3
If you like the music here it is with all three parts in balance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmgT1-pVc-U
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#4
To me this video sounds okay, but I'm only watching this video on my laptop without external speakers.
The choice of accordion register sounds ok to me.

Anyhow I think she is a great accordionist, her in the Bach chaconne arrangement for accordion:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwZWKeODH90

Did you know she started with PA and switched to CBA?
https://www.strumentiemusica.com/en/high...es-1-part/
"Anyway she startes with piano accordion, with it she who won her most important Awards, for example the Coupe Mondiale in 2003?"



In her early days, she was an excellent PA player. According one person who comments this video, it is Convertino playing the PA:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIrxjMMkfsg
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#5
the playback is mono

so yeah they've lost some definition there
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#6
(09-10-2019, 08:27 PM)Stephen Wrote: With a name like Convertino, you're destiny is classical accordion...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsN0jruHtcE

A blessing for ears and eyes.

The Siciliano from BWV 1031 is also a great song to play with flute and accordion (or piano or harpsichord).
I played that with accordion (instead of flute) and accompaniment on harpsichord (actually a digital piano).
Paul De Bra (not Debra...)
http://www.de-bra.nl
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#7
The Siciliano from BWV 1031 is very beautiful on accordion.

Maybe you also know the andante from the triosonata BWV 1034 by J.S. Bach.
A solo guitar version of the andante:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4Efh8_GfVs   

I have the cd by Scottish guitar virtuoso David Russell, with a wonderful arrangement of the andante (the use of registers on the guitar). 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URwAIKgApjA

traverso + harpsichord version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMtPbul-LV0

flute + accordion:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIvOdVNhDuw
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#8
(10-10-2019, 02:16 PM)Stephen Wrote: The Siciliano from BWV 1031 is very beautiful on accordion.

...

flute + accordion:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIvOdVNhDuw

That version sounds really nice, despite the accordion being a Pigini  Wink  (Not a big fan of the Pigini sound, but many people do like that sound.)
Paul De Bra (not Debra...)
http://www.de-bra.nl
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#9
Sometimes I prefer the Bugari sound, sometimes Jupiter, AKKO, Pigini, ...
Pigini sounds a bit brighter, but is very popular among conservatory students and concertists.

Allow me to give a last hyperlink to the wonderful andante from the BWV 1034 sonata by J.S. Bach.
I hope an accordionist will arrange this andante for solo free bass accordion.

It's another duo, this time flute and guitar. A very romantic interpretation, I like it a lot. 
Bach must have been in an emotional moodsetting when he wrote this music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tUnHDgB2ko

I sometimes play the solo arrangement for guitar by David Russell of this andante, because he lets the guitar "sing" the theme in a superb way with his fingernails. It's magical, and I think extremely difficult to play on the classical guitar. 
Even if I had guitar tablature of this andante, I could never play this like he does.
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#10
I rather liked the accordion and flute piece.  I can't quite put my finger on why I like it, at first glance it appears a bit dull, but after a little while, the piece starts to seduce and charm the ear. 

Before I started learning the PA in 2008, I had only the vaguest idea about "classical" accordion, and I'll admit to still knowing  little about Bach.  My taste in classical accordion tends to V Semyonov Bulgarian Suite and maybe some Zolotoryov Sonata no 2, and some of Paul's and Jo Brunnenberg's are very fine too.

If anybody would like to post any more clips like Miss Covertina's I'd be happy to have a listen. Thanks.
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#11
There are so many music pieces by J.S. Bach that could be rearranged or transcribed for solo free bass or standard bass accordion.
A trick is to look for piano transcriptions, the original organ works are for 3 systems, manuals and a pedal.
Pianists already reduced this to 2 hands.

In the baroque many music composers rearranged their music pieces for other instruments.
Recycling was not invented in our present times.

One of the Bach treasures waiting to be discovered by accordionists, the aria from the Pastorale (or Pastorella) BWV 590 for organ.
The original version for organ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpwMkIdF_lY   

A piano transcription by Dinu Lipatti, played by Alexandre Tharaud:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tHeZgfHFzI

(I like my JSB dinner to be served with lots of "romance" and romantic interpretation, even when played on authentic period instruments)

Who can find a YT video of a solo version for accordion or bayan? (Perhaps someone in Russia already played this on the bayan...)

Another beautiful piano arr. , the camera position offering a view on the fingering technique for both hands:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVpaWAUI9Bs  

The David Russell solo guitar version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUQrxSiDQDk   


Accordionists who are interested in arranging classical music for solo accordion, could be inspired by reading the Friedrich Lips book on "The Art of Arranging Classical Music for Accordion", edited by Schmuelling in Germany.

http://www.musicforaccordion.com/Boutiqu.../index.htm
https://www.pigini.com/en/lips-friedrich3/
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#12
(10-10-2019, 04:27 PM)debra Wrote:
(10-10-2019, 02:16 PM)Stephen Wrote: The Siciliano from BWV 1031 is very beautiful on accordion.

...

flute + accordion:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIvOdVNhDuw

That version sounds really nice, despite the accordion being a Pigini  Wink  (Not a big fan of the Pigini sound, but many people do like that sound.)

Overall, this is a decent performance. However, I felt that the flute overpowered the accordion. The high treble reeds of the Pigini were distracting, and the bass reeds sounded shallow. These effects most probably were due to the location of the performance in a room with a myriad of hard surfaces. Bach in general is a challenging vehicle for the accordion because of its demands focus on tonality and flow. Left hand fingering can also be problematic on a convertor where the fifth row auxiliary notes are not available.
I want to play the accordion badly – and I do.
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#13
It's true, there are some acoustical realities when playing classical duet pieces for traverso flute and accordion.
The flute is a difficult instrument to mix with free bass accordion.

Clarinet and accordion usually sounds better. Or saxophone and accordion, violin and accordion, ...

Or flauto dolce (recorder) with accordion:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ogm1zQGLWA   

As you say, it also depends on the recording material, the space, hard surfaces, the use of registers on the accordion, etc.
The traverso flute, especially the modern metal Boehm flute, was specifically constructed to play in large symphonic orchestras.

Perhaps a wooden traverso flutes blends better with the accordion?
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#14
I like the recorder and accordion...in my opinion it works well. Some friends of ours play Breton tunes as a Clarinet and CBA duet.

Anyway, I've just had a word with Helen and she has agreed to have a fresh look at some our tunes with her tenor recorder. Please you posted that one.

I'm pleased to say that H is feeling much better and is making a slow but steady recovery from the Connective Tissue Disease and Reactive Arthritis that made her so poorly last year. She should now have enough breath to play her recorders. Bizarrely, the reactive arthritis affected her rib joints quite badly which of course affected her breathing.
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#15
Spotify, which is an app with commericals for free or no ads without commercials has a great deal of accordion music. I just discovered a wonderful playlist called The Rise of the Classical Accordion. there are tons of instrumentalists playing beautiful classical music on the
accordion on this site. A new favorite of mine.
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#16
Thanks Alan.   Interestingly enough I just signed up for spotify today and am amazed a the amount of available music, with and without accordion.  I'll check it out....
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