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Arne Nordheim (1931-2010, NOR): Flashing

Nordheim’s music is meant to be very playful. His Flashing, originally the cadenza of his concerto for accordion and orchestra (Spur), became eventually his most famous work for accordion. The whole composition is based on a very frisky idea: the bouncing of a little ball. Nordheim discovered the stereophonic character of the accordion, from whose sound of the left and… Read more →

I. Stravinsky (1882-1971, RUS): The Rite of the Spring (Dance of the Young Girls)

One of the most spectacular pages written by the Russian composer, characterized by a repetitive stamping bitonal chords combination, which Stravinsky considered the focal point of the entire work. The rhythm of the stamping is disturbed by Stravinsky’s constant shifting of the accent, on and off the beat, before the dance ends in a collapse, as if from exhaustion. Read more →

Chris Gendall (*1980, ZEL): Incident, Opera in one act (2012-14)

Synopsis: In 1943, 48 Japanese Prisoners of War were killed in Featherston, New Zealand, after an incident from cross-cultural confusion and miscommunication. All events surrounding the incident were kept secret until well after the war had finished: the Prisoner-of-War camp’s existence was hidden from the New Zealand public, and the official military report on the incident was riddled with ambiguities.… Read more →

Bent Sørensen (*1958, DAN): Looking on Darkness (2000)

Bent Sørensen, one of the most frequently performed contemporary Scandinavian composers, has taken the title, ‘Looking on Darkness’, from Shakespeare’s Sonnet No 27. The thematic and intellectually clearly constructed form in which the inherent emotion is centrally placed, and which characterizes the sonnet, also forms the basis of Sørensen’s composition. After a long day’s work the speaker of the sonnet… Read more →

Interviews and articles about accordion and accordion playing

Interview with Frode Haltli Part I: Introduction to the Scandinavian culture and society Part II: From the contemporary to the traditional music and back Part III: Ellegaard and Nordheim, accordion meets Norway Part IV: A personal experience, New Scandinavian music for accordion Part V: Maja S. K. Ratkje – ‘Gagaku Variations’, Ich bin ein Japaner! Part VI: Bent Sørensen –… Read more →

Arrangements and music scores for students

Georg Friedrich Händel – Lascia ch’io pianga (aria from “Rinaldo” HWV7b) Georg Friedrich Händel – Ouverture Suite II in D from Water music HWV 349 (for two accordions) Nino Rota – Parla più piano (from “The Godfather”) Dimitri Shostakovich – Valse n.2 (from “Jazz Suite”) Luis Bacalov – Il Postino (from “The Postman”) Read more →

Interview with Frode Haltli

In 2013-14 I’ve been an exchange student on the master level with Frode Haltli at the Norwegian Academy of Music of Oslo. I interviewed him on the theme “New Scandinavian music for accordion” and we spoke on several issues regarding the Scandinavian culture and identity. The interview is divided in seven parts: 1) Introduction to the Scandinavian culture and society,… Read more →