Accordion 1 from The Lone Ar-ranger! (Accordion Orchestra)
One of the best things about having your compositions on SibeliusMusic is that people all around the world not only see them, hopefully buy them, but more importantly, get in touch, often to ask for a bespoke arrangement of one of the pieces.
Shortly before Christmas, 2006, I had an email from Patricia Bartell, asking whether I had considered making arrangements for Accordion Orchestra, which are particularly popular in the USA, and Europe. As we were about to spend Christmas in Sorrento, Italy, it was something which I had to put on my ’To Do’ list for 2007.
I am delighted to say that I have now finished four works for Accordion Orchestra - in fact arrangements of four of my most popular pieces, and these are now available here at SibeliusMusic.
Whilst accordions have keyboards like the piano, I had never written anything for one, let alone an orchestra of accordions. Here, I was extremely fortunate that Patricia is a top accordion performer and teacher, especially well known in the Pacific Northwest of America, and into Canada’s British Columbia, and conducts the Spokane Accordion Orchestra in Washington state, where she lives.
Patricia has been able to run through the arrangements and check out where registration changes could be better used, and where anything didn’t actually work in performance, and she has been able to do all this live, with her orchestra, see the attached picture, with Patricia wielding the baton!
As ever, it has been a real learning experience for me, if only that I now know that those ’smiley’-like circles with dots in them, which you find in Sibelius’s Symbols, are actually signs for various registration changes and octave transpositions! I hope to write a few more arrangements for them soon! Without Patricia’s help, and her players’ input, too, I doubt whether I would have arrived at four even!
Following a number of requests worldwide, I have now uploaded a special non-playing score, which lists, and identifies all the tune fragments used in The Lone Ar-ranger! Click here for further information.
STOP PRESS I was recently contacted by John Fanthorpe of the Craven Accordion Orchestra in West Yorkshire, to ask whether I had a part for Drumkit available and, because they also have keyboards in the ensemble, one for this, too. I am delighted to say that I have now added these two, and look forward, hopefully, to hear the Orchestra play The Lone Ar-ranger! before too long!
N.B. In the present economic climate, a good number of smaller ensembles understandably buy just the set of parts as, in reality, these alone are all that is needed in performance. Equally, a similar number buy both the parts and the full score. To compensate for this, I intend to reduce the cost of the full score by $4, and increase the price of the lead part by $3, a differential that wasn’t available to sellers at the former SibeliusMusic.com.
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