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Weekly News from Around the World - 01-Dec-2017
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Highlights

SAD NEWS: Prof. Walter Maurer (1931-2017) Passed Away - Austria
Viennese Accordion Chamber Ensemble Jubilee Concert – Austria
Marconi Bellows "Know the People" Interview, Castelfidardo - Italy
XXV “Arrasate Hiria” International Accordion Competitions - Spain
2nd International Accordion Competition of Palmi & Masterclass with Grayson Masefield
Rita Barnea Begins 10th Year as USA Accordion News Editor - USA

Reports for Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals, etc.

Rob Howard Books: Accordion Anthology Still Available - UK
Dwayne Dopsie is Nominated for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards - USA
Michael Bridge Performs With Niagara Symphony Orchestra - Canada
Happy Holidays from the American Accordionists’ Association (AAA) - USA
Frais de port gratuit, Cadeaux de Noël Super Value, Livres par Benetoux
SqueezinArt New Website Now Online - USA

Future events

Potomac Accordion Ensemble Christmas Concert, Maryland – USA
Auckland Accordion Symphonietta (AAS) Concert - New Zealand
Grace and Jean-Pierre Jourdier Dance, Juillenay – France
Roman Jbanov and Anna Jbanova Concert, Graulhet – France
Uxbridge Accordion Band Christmas Concert, Iver - UK
Julien Gonzales in Musical Thriller Show, Sorbiers – France
Marco Lo Russo to perform ‘Ave Maria’, Rome, Civitavecchia – Italy
Stockport AC Band Charity Concert, Cheshire - UK
‘Christmas Concert by Candlelight’, County Meath – Irish Republic
Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society Concert - USA

CD Reviews

CD Review: New Klezmer Tales CD by Christian Riganelli & Massimo Mazzoni

New and Updated Sites

Christmas Sheet Music Available Online
Video: New Renzo Ruggieri Composition La Vita Delle Cose Released - Italy
Know the People Interviews Index Page Updated
Accordion Russia News Change of Format - Russia
Article By Famous Music Journalist Gerlando Gatto - Italy

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SAD NEWS: Prof. Walter Maurer (1931-2017) Passed Away - Austria

Prof. Walter MaurerWe are sad to report the passing of Prof. Walter Maurer, the long time Secretary General of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) from 1975 - 2006.

Prof. Walter Maurer had a long life of musical achievements and these can be seen on the web page: Walter Maurer.

Also, the Celebrity Interview in 1999 at: MaurerInterview

Prof. Walter Maurer passed away on December 1st, 2017. Condolences to his family!

Picture below from the 2007 Innsbruck World Musik Festival, Austria where he held the position of President of the International Accordion Orchestra Assoc.
Walter Maurer

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Viennese Accordion Chamber Ensemble Jubilee Concert – Austria

Das Wiener Akkordeon-Kammer-Ensemble
Werner WeibertThe Wiener Akkordeon-Kammer-Ensemble (WAKE - Viennese Accordion Chamber Ensemble), directed by Werner Weibert (picture left), celebrated its annual festival concert, this time being the WAKE 50th Anniversary concert at the well attended concert hall of Perchtoldsdorf Castle, near Vienna, on Friday, November 17th.

Their program included works by Janácek, Mozart, Würthner, Schubert, Bernstein, Gershwin, Piazzolla, Strauß and Miller & Jackson. As usual, the concert was closed with some famous songs like „That cat is high“, „New York“ and „Gern hobn“, very popular and well acclaimed by the public.

Werner Weibert as artistic and organizational director of WAKE was awarded the badge of honor in gold by the Mayor of Perchtoldsdorf, Sylvia Zobek was presented a silver badge and all the other members of the ensemble, Margarete Gebauer, Elisabeth Weibert, Walter Dietz, Christian Höller, Günther Zobek and Anton Barinka were presented a bronze badge.

Founded in 1967 by Professor Walter Maurer (1975-2006 Secretary General of the CIA Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes), the ensemble has virtually remained together ever since. One of the secrets of this lasting success is consistency.

This really unique event presented also the opportunity to meet again former members of WAKE in order to enjoy music together on stage.

Picture below with choir singing Peace.
Wiener Akkordeon-Kammer-Ensemble (WAKE)

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Marconi Bellows "Know the People" Interview, Castelfidardo - Italy

Marconi Bellows
"Know the People" Interview at: 2017Marconi
with: Giorgio Marconi (Owner) and Lorella Marconi(Owner).
Editor: Holda Paoletti-Kampl

"Know the People" of Castelfidardo who have made this small city so famous around the world for their quality accordion products. Interview at: 2017Marconi

Picture below: Know the People" with: Giorgio Marconi and Lorella Marconi.
Giorgio Marconi and Lorella Marconi

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XXV “Arrasate Hiria” International Accordion Competitions - Spain

Hauspoz (Euskal Herriko Akordeoi Elkartea)
Arrasate Hiria XXV International Accordion CompetitionThe 2017 XXV “Arrasate Hiria” International Accordion Competitions take place in Arrasate-Mondragón (Basque Country) between the 8th and the 10th of December, 2017. The organisers “HAUSPOZ” Euskal Herriko Akordeoi Elkartea, the Town Hall of Arrasate and The County Council of Gipuzkoa welcome soloists of any age and nationality.

Download entry Rules and Regulations at: 2017Arrasate

As well as the international competition, there are many national classes and a festival with accordionists from a number of countries.

The international competition is open to soloists of any age and nationality.

View contestant details in the program. You can download the 52 page 2017 program at: 2017AHiria.pdf

The international jury includes: Iñaki Alberdi (Spain), Geir Draugsvoll (Norway), Steffan Hussong (Germany), Friedrich Lips (Russia), Matti Rantanen (Finland), Vojin Vasovic (Serbia).

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2nd International Accordion Competition of Palmi & Masterclass with Grayson Masefield

Grayson Masefield seminar
Created by Rocco Cannizzaro and Natalino Scaffidi the 2nd International Accordion Competition of Palmi, Italy, was held on the 17-19 November.

This event was built from the passion and dedication that these men have for the accordion. In these two years they have held two masterclasses with internationally renowned teachers, Aleksander Hrustevich (2016) and Grayson Masefield (2017).

This years masterclass with Grayson Masefield was held over two days with programs ranging from baroque repertoire to contemporary with the participating students performing on several free bass systems (chromatic & quint) giving an awareness to the students that the accordion world is varied and full of stimuli.

After the masterclass there was a performance by the Bayan Trio performing classical and modern works including compositions from Motion Trio, Hermosa & Piazzolla.

The competition was held on Sunday in the Casa della Cultura Leonida Repaci (Cultural House of Palmi) and consisted of Virtuoso and Classical categories for all ages and a diatonic and ensemble category. The jury consisted of Dario pugliese, Dina Tullio Dinatone, Adolfo Zagari, Pietro Pardino, Antonio Francesco Sapia and Grayson  Masefield.

In addition to traditional awards there was a scholarship that has been assigned in each season of the competition, this year it was awarded to Paolo Esposito

The event has been a great success and with over 20 students taking part in the masterclasses and over 55 accordionists coming from many accordion schools entered the competition.
Bayan Trio Concert

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Rita Barnea Begins 10th Year as USA Accordion News Editor - USA

Accordion USA
Rita BarneaWith the December 2017 USA Accordion News being published yesterday, Rita Barnea begins her 10th year as the Accordion USA News Editor.

The popular USA News, has a huge readership with over 1.27 million page views for the 2016 calendar year.

Rita Barnea starts the 10th year full of enthusiasm writing:
"It is hard to believe that with this publication, I am beginning my 10th year as National Editor! Over the years I have produced 108 publications and almost 3000 articles.

Time flies when you are having fun, as the saying goes. And as the years goes by, I enjoy my position even more.

Most importantly I want to thank you, the readers, for helping to make the USA News one of the most popular accordion sites (along with the other AWW publications) on this planet!"

Accordions Worldwide would like to thank Rita Barnea very much for all her enthusiasm and skills over the past 9 years. Her love of accordion, all types and styles of accordion music, her worshops and lectures, performances and musical ability are part of her greatly appreciated Editing of this most popular USA News. The size of the readership says it all - Thank you so much to Rita Barnea.

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Reports for Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals, etc.


Rob Howard Books: Accordion Anthology Still Available - UK

Accordion Anthology book cover by Rob HowardRob HowardThe book titled Accordion Anthology by popular accordion author and our Weekly News Editor Rob Howard is still available and is an ideal Christmas gift.

Only €17,00 plus postage. Read about Accordion Anthology at: robaccord07

Two other Rob Howard books, "Vintage Accordions" and "Accordion: A Pictorial History" are now sold out and therefore unavailable for this Christmas.

The Rob Howard historical series "An A to Z of the Accordion" Volumes 1 to 4 are also available but numbers for some Volumes are getting low. Order online at: Rob Howard

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Dwayne Dopsie is Nominated for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards - USA

Dwayne Dopsie
Dwayne Dopsie has been nominated for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

Dwayne, born March 3, 1979 in Lafayette, Louisiana, was the last of eight children. Dwayne attributes his musical ablilities to his father, Rockin' Dopise, Sr., a pioneer of Zydeco music. As a small child, Dwayne was interested in the washboard, but quickly realized he had incredible talent with an accordion.

He has played the accordion since age seven and states, "This is my calling - Zydeco music is in my blood and it is my heart and soul." As a tribute to his late father, the most influential person in his life, Dwayne plans to record an album of his Dad's greatest Zydeco hits.

Dwayne Dopsie and his Hellraisers have performed in 20 different countries and in hundreds of cities

The 60th GRAMMY Awards will take place at New York City's Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The telecast will be broadcast live on CBS at a new time: 7:30–11 p.m. ET and 4:30–8 p.m. PT.

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Michael Bridge Performs With Niagara Symphony Orchestra - Canada

Michael BridgeOn November 26, 2017. Michael Bridge performed with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bradley Thachuk in a performance of Argento's Valentino Dances.

There was a packed house for the concert and the Niagara Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 70th Anniversary this season. The orchestra performs in the communities of the Niagara region, Canada.

On January 24, 2018 - CMC Presents: New Works for Accordion Solo. This is a performance of eight new works written for the accordion, performed by Michael Bridge. The event is in collaboration with I.C.O.T. Canadian Music Centre, Toronto ON, 5:30 pm.

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Happy Holidays from the American Accordionists’ Association (AAA) - USA

Happy Holidays
GreetingsAs we near the holidays and prepare for the 80th anniversary celebration of the AAA, I find myself reflecting on the immense changes that the accordion has witnessed in our country through the decades.

Many of those changes affected the accordion and its popularity, yet some things have remained the same through the 80 years.

Each month in 2018, I will write an article sharing lesser known stories and amazing journeys of the AAA, the accordion itself, the players, the music, and the list goes on.

We hope to see all of you in Alexandria, Virginia, July 11-15, 2018, when the AAA celebrates this exciting milestone!!
Merry Christmas

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Frais de port gratuit, Cadeaux de Noël Super Value, Livres par Benetoux

BellsBenetoux coverL'auteur de la réparation d'accordéon, Thierry Benetoux, offre un Post spécial gratuit de Noël pour tous ses livres jusqu'au 20 décembre. Profitez de cette offre spéciale pour:

Catalog benetouxfr00 Comprendre et Reparer Votre Accordeon (Book text) € 45,00
- Comment comprendre et réparer votre accordéon
- Comment accorder votre accordéon

Catalog: bthierryfr L’Accordeon & SA Diversite Sonore (Book text) € 49,00

Catalog benetouxen00 The Ins and Outs of the Accordion (Book text) € 44,97
langue Anglaise

Catalog bthierryen Sounding Out The Accordion (Book text) € 42,00
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SqueezinArt New Website Now Online - USA

SqueezinArt
Dan & Joan GraumanSqueezinArt is back on the internet after an absence of several years. SqueezinArt began in 1994 supplying accordion related holiday gifts and clothing.

SqueezinArt principals are both accordionists (Joan - professional, Dan - amateur, picture right) who love the accordion and the friends they meet. Joan, a noted artist is also an AAA Board member and the AAA Historian.

From a first catalog in 1994 of one page and five items, there is now a large catalog of accordion related "SqueezinArt" on the new site, complete with excellent pictures of each item.

View the popular SqueezinArt t-shirts and so many other accordion related gift ideas, on their new website at: www.squeezinart.com
SqueezinArt logo

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Future events


Potomac Accordion Ensemble Christmas Concert, Maryland – USA

Potomac Accordion EnsembleOn Saturday December 2nd, 1pm until 3pm, the Potomac Accordion Ensemble (MD Joan Grauman) performs their 8th annual Christmas sing-along accordion concert at Dublin Roasters in Frederick, Maryland. The venue is spacious, has terrific food and drinks, and one can even do some Christmas shopping there!

For further information email: joangrauman@verizon.net

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Auckland Accordion Symphonietta (AAS) Concert - New Zealand

Auckland Accordion Symphonietta (AAS)  PosterAuckland Accordion Symphonietta (AAS) Concert conducted by Lionel Reekie.

Sunday 3rd December 6 pm to 7 pm, The Rose Centre, Belmont, Auckland.

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Grace and Jean-Pierre Jourdier Dance, Juillenay – France

PosterOn Sunday afternoon December 3rd, 3pm, accordionist Jean-Pierre Jourdier and his vocalist wife Grace perform for dancing at Le Bleu d’Avau, 6 rue d’Avau, 21210 Juillenay, a commune in the Côte-d'Or department in eastern France.

Jean-Pierre Jourdier has been a busy musette dance accordionist since the 1960s, but also for many years owned a printing firm then operated his own dance school. He recently sold the dance school to concentrate fully on playing for dancing.

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Roman Jbanov and Anna Jbanova Concert, Graulhet – France

Roman Jbanov and Anna Jbanova posterOn Sunday December 3rd, 4pm, accordionist Roman Jbanov and his pianist sister Anna Jbanova perform together in concert at l’Usine, 54 Avenue Victor Hugo, Graulhet, in southern France. Their programme will include classical music from Russia, Ukraine and France.

Ukrainian-born Roman Jbanov’s achievements include Grand Prize Beloborodov in Tula (Russia), Scholarship of the President of the Russian Republic, and in 1997 winning the CMA Trophée Mondial.

For further information email: glsgraulet@yahoo.com

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Uxbridge Accordion Band Christmas Concert, Iver - UK

Uxbridge Accordion Band Christmas Concert PosterThe Uxbridge Accordion Band (MD Angie Lukins) performs a Christmas Concert on Monday December 4th, 8pm-10.30pm, at the Iver Village Hall, Grange Way, Iver, Buckinghamshire SL0 9NW. The concert will include accordion solos and duets. Admission is £5, with all proceeds to charity. There is ample free parking.

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Julien Gonzales in Musical Thriller Show, Sorbiers – France

Julien GonzalesPosterOn Monday December 4th, 8pm, actress and singer Violette Fugasse and accordionist Julien Gonzales perform in a musical thriller at the Salle de l'Echappé, 17 Avenue Charles de Gaulle, 42290 Sorbiers, in the Loire, in France.

Julien Gonzales, from Besançon was taught by Frederic Deschamps. He was a very successful competition player, winner of junior and senior variety world championship titles and also chamber music competitions. As a highly accomplished professional Julien Gonzales performs in many styles, including jazz, tango and musette, and has performed around Europe, Africa, China, Japan, Russia and Canada.

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Marco Lo Russo to perform ‘Ave Maria’, Rome, Civitavecchia – Italy

Marco Lo RussoAccordionist Marco Lo Russo will give the first public Italian performances of his recent composition ‘Ave Maria’ on Wednesday December 6th at the Oratorio del Gonfalone, Rome, and on Friday December 8th, after the 11.30am Mass at the church of SS Conception in the Heroes Square, at 3.30pm in front of the statue of Our Lady at Largo Monsignor Giacomo d’Ardia, and at the end of the 6pm Mass in the cathedral St Francesco d’Assisi in the town of Civitavecchia.

‘Ave Maria’, was released on November 18th as a digital download single and as an MP3, containing two versions: vocal (Martina Mannozzi - soprano)/accordion/piano and instrumental – accordion and piano. This composition is dedicated to Pope Francis.

Born in 1977, Marco Lo Russo graduated in classical accordion from the Conservatory of Music G. Rossini, Pesaro, Italy. He is an innovative musician, an international concert accordionist, composer, arranger, producer (Rouge Sound Production), and a Professor at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia, Rome.

For further information email: press@marcolorusso.com

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Stockport AC Band Charity Concert, Cheshire - UK

Pearl Fawcett-AdrianoStockport Accordion Club’s big annual charity fund raising concert, organised by John Jones MBE, takes place on Friday December 8th, 7.45pm, at the Broken Cross Club, Fallibroome Rd, Broken Cross, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 8TU. In addition to the Stockport AC Band, there will be spots featuring Helen Rich, the Scottish Quartet, the all-female quartet Accordion Spice, and the fabulous and inimitable Pearl Fawcett-Adriano.

This concert has been held annually since 1999, and yet another brilliant evening of accordion music is in prospect, finishing with a grand Christmas finale. All the proceeds are in aid of the East Cheshire Hospice. The tickets are £8 each, and available from John Jones on 07871 767708. All are welcome

For further information email: robaccord5@hotmail.com

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‘Christmas Concert by Candlelight’, County Meath – Irish Republic

The Castletown Accordion Orchestra (MD John Chilton) performs a seasonal ‘Christmas Concert by Candlelight’ on Saturday December 9th, 6pm until 9pm, at Clonabreany House, Crossakeel, County Meath, Ireland.

Formed in 1981 as marching band, and converted into an accordion orchestra in 1983 with the appointment of John Chilton as Musical Director, the Castletown Accordion Orchestra has more than 70 playing members in 5 orchestras, from Beginners to Advanced.

For further information email: chilton_accordion@hotmail.com

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Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society Concert - USA

The Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society (WMAS) will sponsor their Annual Holiday Concert and Potluck Dinner on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 4:PM.

You are welcome to attend this popular and fun annual event. The social hall will be beautifully decorated in the holiday spirit. You will be entertained by an accordion orchestra, small ensembles, soloists, and sing-alongs followed by special delicious foods.

Only $8 donation. Members and children under 12 years old are free.

The program takes place at the Sleepy Hollow Methodist Church, 3435 sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, Virgina.

For more information: Joangrauman@verizon.net.

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CD Reviews


CD Review: New Klezmer Tales CD by Christian Riganelli & Massimo Mazzoni

New Klezmer Tales CD coverCD Reviews Index for the Review of New Klezmer Tales CD by Christian Riganelli (accordion), Massimo Mazzoni (sax soprano and contralto).

Review by Alessandro Mugnoz.

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New and Updated Sites

Christmas Sheet Music Available Online

ChristmasFREE with every order is a copy of the Gary Dahl arrangement of 'Angels We Have Heard on High'.

eSheet Music Christmas Books and Collections (sent by email)

Gary Dahl - Traditional Christmas Carols eBook, Collection #9 of 21 Christmas arrangements (Solo). View samples Catalog: DH09-eB

Gary Dahl - Xmas Special Package (4 pieces) (Solo) Catalog: DHxmaspac
James O'Brien Christmas choice of 12 pieces 50% discount (Solo) Catalog: obriensxmas12p
James O'Brien Christmas grade 4-5 pieces 40% discount (Solo) Catalog: obriensxmas5gr
James O'Brien Christmas grade 6 pieces 40% discount (Solo) Catalog: obriensxmas6gr
James O'Brien Christmas grade 7 pieces 40% discount (Solo) Catalog: obriensxmas7gr
James O'Brien Christmas pieces 50% discount (Duet) Catalog: obriensxmas-duo
James O'Brien All Christmas solos 50% discount (Solo) Catalog: obriensxmas-solos

Charnwood Publishing Printed Sheet Music (sent by post)

10 Christmas Carols (Solo) Catalog: M015A
Titles are: Good King Wenceslas, Holy Night, Silent Night, While Shepherds Watched, I saw Three Ships, O Come, all ye Faithful, Away in a Manger, Hark, The Herald Angels Sing, The First Nowell, Once in Royal David’s City, The Holly and the Ivy.

Busking as an Art Vol 5 Xmas Carol (Solo) Catalog: M305
Titles are: Good King Wenceslas, The First Nowell, I saw Three Ships, Once in Royal David’s City, Hark, The Herald Angels Sing, Silent Night, Holy Night, The Holly and the Ivy, We Three Kings, While Shepherds Watched, Away in a Manger, Good Christian Men Rejoice, O Come, all ye Faithful.

Christmas Bells (Solo) Catalog: M662
Jingle Bells (Variations) (Solo) Catalog: M332
Ten Christmas Carols (Solo) Catalog: M015

eSheet Music Individual Christmas titles (Solo or Duet) - sent by email

Angels From the Realms of Glory (Orchestra) jay4401
Angels We Have Heard On High (Duet) obriensxmas196
As Lately We Watched (Duet) obriensxmas197
Away in a Manger (Duet) obriensxmas198
Carol of the Bells (Duet) obriensxmas199
Christmas (Solo) hs241
Christmas Medley (Joulusikerma) from Finland (Duet) faies5005
Christmas Song (Solo) DH0123a
Christmas Tree (Solo) hs176
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus obriensxmas200
Deck The Halls (Duet) obriensxmas189
Ding Dong! Merrily On High (Duet) obriensxmas190
Frosty The Snowman (Solo) DH0213
Go, Tell It On the Mountain (Solo and Duet) obriensxmas191
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Duet) obriensxmas192
Good Christian Men, Rejoice (Duet) obriensxmas193
Good King Wenceslas (Duet) obriensxmas194
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Solo) mfa7080
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Duet) obriensxmas201
Here We Come A-Caroling (Duet) obriensxmas202
Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Duet) obriensxmas203
I Saw Three Ships (Duet) obriensxmas204
I Wonder As I Wander (Duet) obriensxmas205
It Came Upon The Midnight Clear (Duet) obriensxmas206
Jingle Bells (Solo) hs169
Jingle Bells (Duet) obriensxmas207
Little Christmas Tree (Solo) hs125
Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming (Duet) obriensxmas208
O Christmas Tree (Duet) obriensxmas209
O Come, All Ye Faithful (Duet) obriensxmas210
O Come, All Ye Faithful (Solo) mfa7057
O Come, O Come Immanuel (Duet) obriensxmas212
O Little Town of Bethlehem (Duet) obriensxmas212
Olde Tyme Christmas (Solo) gm10
Once in Royal David's City (Duet) obriensxmas213
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Solo) DH0223
Silent Night (Solo) mfa7079
Silent Night (Duet) obriensxmas214
Silent Night (Solo) DH0183
Silent Night (Solo) OY604
Silver Bells (Solo) DH0044
Silver Bells (Solo) naa160
The Boar's Head (Duet) obriensxmas215
The Christmas Song (Solo) DH0123
The First Noel (Duet) obriensxmas216
The First Noel (Easy Version) (Solo) naa175
The Friendly Beasts (Duet) obriensxmas217
The Holly and the Ivy (Duet) obriensxmas218
Vilia (Solo) mfa7002
White Christmas Song (Solo) DH0121

eSheet Music Individual Christmas titles (Solo or Duet) - sent by email

Angels From the Realms of Glory (Orchestra) jay4401
Angels We Have Heard On High (Duet) obriensxmas196
As Lately We Watched (Duet) obriensxmas197
Away in a Manger (Duet) obriensxmas198
Carol of the Bells (Duet) obriensxmas199
Christmas (Solo) hs241
Christmas Medley (Joulusikerma) from Finland (Duet) faies5005
Christmas Song (Solo) DH0123a
Christmas Tree (Solo) hs176
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus obriensxmas200
Deck The Halls (Duet) obriensxmas189
Ding Dong! Merrily On High (Duet) obriensxmas190
Frosty The Snowman (Solo) DH0213
Go, Tell It On the Mountain (Solo and Duet) obriensxmas191
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Duet) obriensxmas192
Good Christian Men, Rejoice (Duet) obriensxmas193
Good King Wenceslas (Duet) obriensxmas194
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Solo) mfa7080
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Duet) obriensxmas201
Here We Come A-Caroling (Duet) obriensxmas202
Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Duet) obriensxmas203
I Saw Three Ships (Duet) obriensxmas204
I Wonder As I Wander (Duet) obriensxmas205
It Came Upon The Midnight Clear (Duet) obriensxmas206
Jingle Bells (Solo) hs169
Jingle Bells (Duet) obriensxmas207
Little Christmas Tree (Solo) hs125
Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming (Duet) obriensxmas208
O Christmas Tree (Duet) obriensxmas209
O Come, All Ye Faithful (Duet) obriensxmas210
O Come, All Ye Faithful (Solo) mfa7057
O Come, O Come Immanuel (Duet) obriensxmas212
O Little Town of Bethlehem (Duet) obriensxmas212
Olde Tyme Christmas (Solo) gm10
Once in Royal David's City (Duet) obriensxmas213
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Solo) DH0223
Silent Night (Solo) mfa7079
Silent Night (Duet) obriensxmas214
Silent Night (Solo) DH0183
Silent Night (Solo) OY604
Silver Bells (Solo) DH0044
Silver Bells (Solo) naa160
The Boar's Head (Duet) obriensxmas215
The Christmas Song (Solo) DH0123
The First Noel (Duet) obriensxmas216
The First Noel (Easy Version) (Solo) naa175
The Friendly Beasts (Duet) obriensxmas217
The Holly and the Ivy (Duet) obriensxmas218
Vilia (Solo) mfa7002
White Christmas Song (Solo) DH0121

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Video: New Renzo Ruggieri Composition La Vita Delle Cose Released - Italy

Music coverRenzo RuggieriLa Vita Delle Cose (The Life of Things) for accordion and symphonic orchestra is "not classic, not jazz and not world... it's crossover music" according to Renzo Ruggieri. Video above.

Renzo Ruggieri writes: "The composition has been dedicated to Marco Gemelli who was soloist in world premiere of International Accordion Week, Conservatory Nocera Terinese, 24 April 2017 with the Calabria Philharmonic Orchestra."

"La Vita Delle Cose (The Life of Things): Things do not have life. But things tell of life by their existence and through this they acquire it. Five moments built with solutions that combine the composer's jazz, world and classical experiences and which need the sonority of the solo accordion also called upon to improvise.

The flow of life is symbolised by a march increasingly rich in melodic-rhythmic events (things), up to the final climax."

Catalog rrenzo514 - La Vita Delle Cose sheet music is available in eSheet pdf format, 82 pages, able to be emailed to you. Full score and single parts for: accordion solo (for free bass but adaptable for standard bass), 2 flute, 2 oboe, 2 clarinet, 2 french horn, 2 Cornet, 2 trumpet, 1 trombone, 2 percussion, Ist Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass.

Available online, Catalog rrenzo514, purchase with credit card, only Euro 50 or USD$ equivalent

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Know the People Interviews Index Page Updated

Know the People Celebrity Interviews header
A list of Know the People Interviews published in the last 12 months are:

Marconi Bellows interview at: 2017Marconi
Giemme Bellows interview at: 2017Giemme
Baffetti Accordions interview at: 2017Baffetti
Fismen Accordions interview at: 2017Fismen
Italcinte musical instrument straps interview at: 2017Italcinte
MusicTech Factory interview at: 2017MusicTech
Mengascini Nello Accordion Factory interview at: 2017MN-Interview
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Accordion Russia News Change of Format - Russia

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Arseniy StrokovskiyNew articles released each week.

The Accordion Russia News is changing from a monthly publication to having articles released regularly as they happen and updating. News will be from Russia and Eastern Europe and featuring Russian performers in all parts of the world.

The editors will be international competition laureate Arseniy Strokovskiy (picture right) and journalist Oksana Strokovskaya.

The new format Accordion Russia News is now online.

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Article By Famous Music Journalist Gerlando Gatto - Italy

Gerlando GattoWe are very happy to have the doyen of Italian music reporters Gerlando Gatto, a professional journalist and music critic in Rome since 1974, making available some articles for Accordions Worldwide.

Gerlando Gatto has collaborated with several daily newspapers and magazines (Blu Jazz, Jazz, Jazz, Blues & around) and has written and conducted many jazz programs broadcast by RadioUno and Rai International TV.

Gerlando Gatto is also an "accordion fan" and has made many articles and interviews of accordionists, he is the Artistic Director for the Orpheus Award and in 2017 was the President of the Jury for the new jazz section of the international Castelfidardo PIF.

He had a lecture about Accordion Jazz at the Conservatorio dell'Aquila with Renzo Ruggieri. During his lecture - concerts at Casa del Jazz, he dedicated one episode to Accordion Jazz and talking about Tango and he dedicated several episodes to accordion and bandoneon.

We thank the highly respected Gerlando Gatto for his much appreciated professional support of the accordion.

Article about the International PIF Competition
Italian: Quando la fisarmonica, la fa da padrona
English: When the accordion becomes its host...

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