Tootie-Flooties! (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 five works for Accordion Orchestra - in fact arrangements of five 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.
Hopefully, I’ll get around to the other two arrangements, which Patricia has kindly suggested: My Charleston Medley and Overture for Jeanie / Showtime!. As they say, watch this space!
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!
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