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Weekly News from Around the World - 15-Feb-2019
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Highlights

Weird Al Wins 2019 Grammy Award - USA
3rd International Competition of Accordion Performers "Dizzy Accordion" - Russia
79th Annual ATG Accordion Festival in Denver July 24-27, 2019 - USA
7th Accordion Festival MEHFEST 2019 – Serbia
DHV Osterarbeitswoche (Easter Week), Trossingen - Germany

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

2019 National Accordion Convention Registrations in Texas - USA
Blues, Hues and Views - a New CD by William Schimmel and Elliott Sharp
Video: Vardo Trio of Matthew Dennett, Julien Castegnero and Simon Watts - USA
George Curletto Center and Museum for Electronic Accordions opening in Duluth – USA
GR8 IDEAS Accordion Symposium in Ohio – USA

Future events

XV International Biannual Accordion Festival - Latvia
CNIMA and Eric Bouvelle Composing and Arranging Workshop – France
3rd International Accordeons-nous Competition ASBL – Belgium
Frédéric Deschamps Masterclass in Drohobych - Ukraine
Italian Accordionist Guest at Guildford Accordion Club – England
Excursion with Lady's Bicycle! Concert- Sweden
4th Annual Charm City Django Jazz Festival – USA
Accordion Babes Calendar 2020
Sergei Teleshev March/April Concert Tour - USA

CD Reviews

CD Review: Hymn to Aphrodite CD by Friedrich Lips

New and Updated Sites

Site Updated: 2019 Coupe Mondiale Entry System Goes Live, Shenzhen - China
New Douglas Ward Compositions Now Online - UK
New Compositions by Franco Cambareri - Australia
Updated Site: Franck Angelis Two New Works Published - France

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Weird Al Wins 2019 Grammy Award - USA

Accordionist and parody writer Weird Al won a 2019 Grammy on February 10, 2019 for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package. He beat nominees Guns N' Roses and the Grateful Dead.

“Weird Al” Yankovic now has the distinction of being the first recording artist with a Grammy Award for an album packaged inside an accordion! His career retrospective box set is called “Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic”.

The collection packed all 14 of his studio albums, plus a 15th disc of rarities, into a container replicating the shape of one of his favorite accordions, each disc afforded its own slot within the expandable bellows.

Two editions were created: one containing CDs, the other for 12-inch vinyl LPs.

Yankovic shared the award for Squeeze Box: The Complete Works Of "Weird Al" Yankovic with Meghan Foley and Annie Stoll, who joined him on the project as art directors--and backstage at the Grammys during the pre-telecast portion of the ceremony.

Career of Wierd Al written by Rita Barnea in English at: 2019Grammy.pdf
Meghan Foley, Weird Al, Annie Stoll,

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3rd International Competition of Accordion Performers "Dizzy Accordion" - Russia

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Yuri KrikunThe third International Competition of accordion performers "Dizzy Accordion" will be held from April 5th to 9th at the Altai State Music College in Barnaul, Siberia organised by the Altai State Musical College committee and directed by Yuri Krikun (picture right). The event is designed to promote the development of the performers' creativity with the accordion, the improvement of their professional skills, performing culture, artistic taste, the identification of gifted and promising performers, perfection of pedagogical skills, and popularization of the accordion.

The competition includes accordion classes for soloists, ensembles, Classics (performance of classical music, solo or in ensemble); Variety (performance of light music on an accordion solo, with ensemble or accompanied by a phonogram); Electronic accordion (solo or ensemble performance, involving an accordion, with a MIDI (digital) system - not to be confused with a system of built-in microphones); - Tango (performance of music in the style of "Tango", solo or in an ensemble); Folklore (performing folk music, solo or in an ensemble). Each of these classes has a variety of age categories.

Entrants are invited from students of music schools, students of music colleges & universities, amateur musicians as well as professional musicians from Russia and other countries.

The jury will be formed by the organizing committee and include leading musicians and music teachers of Russia and foreign countries.

Competition entries close on March 19th. For further details: 2019Dizzy.pdf

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79th Annual ATG Accordion Festival in Denver July 24-27, 2019 - USA

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Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG) President Joe Natoli invites all to the 79th Annual ATG Accordion Festival in Denver July 24-27, 2019.

The event will feature concerts, workshops, competitions, exhibits, the ATG Festival Orchestra, Banquet and more!

The 2019 Festival is the "Year of the Duos" and this year we will be featuring some of the best accordion duos to provide double the fun, double the musicianship and double the entertainment. These cinclude: Augustinas Raukauskas & Greta Staponkute (Lithuania), Jamie Maschler & Gabriel Rodrigues (Washington, USA), Dan & Kim Christian(Colorado, USA), John & Madalynn Neu with The Voice of the Wood Chamber Players (Colorado, USA).

For further information about the 2019 Festival, view the website at: Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG)

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7th Accordion Festival MEHFEST 2019 – Serbia

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Duo NeblDuo Nebl being Andreas Nebl (accordion) & Frank Nebl (clarinet) will perform at the opening concert of the 7th Accordion Festival - MEHFEST on April 12th at Megatrend University in Belgrade, Serbia. Their program will include Sonate G-Moll (C.Ph.E. Bach), Allegro Rustico (Gubaidulina) and Divertimento KV 439b (Mozart).

The festival will run from April 12th to 14th organised by Milos Civic and include an accordion competition for soloists, chamber music ensembles and orchestras. Competitors will be judged by an expert jury composed of eminent professors from Serbia and abroad.

Applications close on March 30th 2019.

Download competition information at: 2019MehfestRules.pdf

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DHV Osterarbeitswoche (Easter Week), Trossingen - Germany

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The Deutsche Harmonika-Verband (DHV) cordially invites you to its popular training event, the Osterarbeitswoche (Easter Week). Making music, being creative, educating and exchanging ideas - this is what the DHV Osterarbeitswoche offers.

Target Group - Conductors for adult orchestras, prospective conductors, orchestral and ensemble players, youth leaders, junior instructors, harmonica players.

In addition to teaching new literature, playing and conducting techniques in the courses, there is an attractive and informative supporting program in the music town of Trossingen.

Tutors include: Thomas Bauer, Andreas Nebl, Hans-Günther Kölz, Wolfgang Ruß, Silke D’Inka, Carmen Hey, Kathrin Gass, Eva-Maria Gebauer, Manfred Kappler, Martina Kluge, Ulrike Mülle, Robin Schmidt and others.

Download further information about the courses, tutors and application form at: 2019Osterarbeitswoche.pdf

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2019 National Accordion Convention Registrations in Texas - USA

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The 2019 National Accordion convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Richardson, Texas from March 6th to 9th organised by the National Accordion Association (NAA).

The event will include a variety of concerts, workshops, jams, training sessions, dances, individual digital tutoring sessions, accordion sales, displays and demonstrations.

Registrations opened on February 7th. Convention-based performers will be selected from those who express an interest on the 2019 Registration Form. Hotel Reservations need to be finalised by February 15th.

Check out the NAA website for some fun. New for 2019: Wear Your Cap or Hat!
2019 Preparation Assignment 1: Know your 2019 Presenters! See how many you recognise.

For further details email NAA President Norman Seaton: natlaccordion@sbcglobal.net
NAA Presenters

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Blues, Hues and Views - a New CD by William Schimmel and Elliott Sharp

William SchimmelDr. William Schimmel, Accordion - Elliott Sharp, Del Arte Ancuman Guitar and Mandocello, have recorded a new CD centered around the Blues. It contains Roots as well as Contemporary departures - always returning to the main scourcginalle of The Blues.

The Official release date is March 19, 2019 but pre-orders can be made on Amazon.com. The Album will also be available for digital downloads.
The titles of each cut are:
1 "Breaking News"
2 "Clickbait"
3 "Blues in the Box"
4 "Armenia Intake" (after Scrapper Blackwell)
5 "Not a bug, It's an Amphibian"
6 "MetrOcala Modulators"
7 "Always a Ray of Sun in The Blues, Never in The Tango"

On New Years Eve, Dr Schimmel performed with The New York Philharmonic in a concert that featured the renowned soprano, Rene Fleming. Dr. Schimmel also accompanied Ms. Fleming in the Broadway run of Carousel in which the cast album received a Grammy Nomination.

In January, Dr. Schimmel performed at the Prototype Festival in New York in a new opera by Philip Venable entitled" 4.48 Psychosis" based on the play by Sarah Kane depicting her last moments.The performances took place at Baruch College. Originally from London, this was the American Premiere. It received rave reviews in every major New York Paper and Concerto. Net singled out Dr. Schimmel, calling him "The Venerable Bill Schimmel"

Also in January, Schimmel did a tour of Germany performing in Elliott Sharp's Opera, "Port Bou" - along with Jenny Lin, piano and Nicholas Isherwood, Bass Baritone. The performances took place in Bonn and surrounding cities.

On February 3,2019 Schimmel will perform with The Israel Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Zubin Mehta. He, with the orchestra will accompany Itzhak Perlman in the tango "Por Una Cabeza", the very tango that William Schimmel initiated with The Tango Project in the film, "Scent of a Woman", starring Al Pacino (who received an Oscar).

For further information: accordion bill@gmail.com

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Video: Vardo Trio of Matthew Dennett, Julien Castegnero and Simon Watts - USA

Video: Minor Swing by The Vardo Trio of Matthew Dennett, Julien Castegnero and Simon Watts. Gypsy jazz style music, published in 2017.

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George Curletto Center and Museum for Electronic Accordions opening in Duluth – USA

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A World of Accordions Museum proudly announces plans to expand its physical outreach into Duluth, MN, through a second museum site specializing in the evolution of electronics in accordion manufacture.


This expansion was predicated by the massive collection of George Curletto (Washington, D.C.) donated to AWAM in November, 2018. The museum can now present an accurate overview of the technological evolution of the instrument that has been largely neglected by accordion historians.

The number of instruments in this genre has now reached a point where the correct set-ups require more space than they currently have available so they chose to reopen the original home of AWAM in west-Duluth. The 1908 building, designed by Swedish architect Lundquist, is qualified as a state/national historic site and will be advanced as an area attraction. Cosmetic and other improvements to the former church building are expected to be completed in 2019.

The photo below shows a portion of the current display in “Sue Spencer and Friends Electronics Room.” This exhibit will stay as part of the main “A World of Accordions Museum” display as a representation of the electronic accordion instruments
AWOAMuseum exhibits

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GR8 IDEAS Accordion Symposium in Ohio – USA

GR8 IDEAS Accordion Symposium
Video above: Cory Pesaturo performing at GR8 IDEAS.

New Zealand professional accordionist and conductor Brian Holden, travelled to the USA to take part in a GR8 IDEAS symposium put together by Joe Natoli (picture above) and Michael Soloway in Warren, Ohio recently.

The symposium is believed to be the first of its kind in the world and its focus was the digital accordion.

The event included in-house concerts by a new group called GR8 IDEAS and some “impromptu craziness” by Cory Pesaturo and Michael Bridge. The event concluded with a final public concert with Bryan Holden conducting the new GR8 IDEAS ensemble (and vocalist) in 3 pieces including Joe Natoli’s arrangement of “The Prayer”.

Picture below of the GR8 IDEAS ensemble, Brian Holden conducting.
GR8 IDEAS ensemble

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Future events


XV International Biannual Accordion Festival - Latvia

The XV International Biannual Accordion Festival will be held in Limbazi, Latvia from March 7th to 9th.

Festival participants are soloists and groups, laureates of international competitions from Russia (Nikita Vlasov), Italy (Samuel Telari), Denmark (Passion Duo), Estonia and Latvia (Natalia Melnikovich, Riga Saxophone Quartet and Altera Veritas).

Concerts will also be given by Trio "Milonga" from Latvia (accordion, violin and piano) who are laureates of international competitions under direction of Svetlana Stavitskaya and accordion duo Svetlana Stavitskaya and Vladimir Ushakov (Russia), who will perform on March 7th and 9th.

In addition to the opening and closing concerts, the festival program will include concerts of variety and jazz music, a concert of students of music schools and colleges, as well as an international competition of children's ensembles.

All accordion lovers are invited to attend the festival concerts and events!
Latvia Festival Poster

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CNIMA and Eric Bouvelle Composing and Arranging Workshop – France

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Eric BouvelleA Composing and Arranging workshop with famous French accordionist Eric Bouvelle (pictured) will be held from March 4th to 8th organised by Nathalie Boucheix, Director of CNIMA, Saint-Sauves.

The workshop will include tips and tricks to help with composing and arranging accordion pieces for all levels and will cover:

Composition: setting, developing, writing and/or recording tricks
Develop an "invented" melody of 16 or more measures e.g. verse-refrain-bridge, choose a structure.
Harmonise this melody, left hand accompaniment, find/write variations.
Approach to orchestration: strings, winds, percussion, choice of instruments, adapted writing.
The copyright system

Only 8 trainee places available.

For details view the website CNIMA or email: cnima@wanadoo.fr

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3rd International Accordeons-nous Competition ASBL – Belgium

The 3rd International Accordeons-nous Competition ASBL will be held from April 25th to 28th in Mons, Hainaut Province organised by the Arts2 (Royal Conservatory of Mons) and the City of Mons.

The competition includes categories in various age groups for chamber music, world music and variety. In addition this year there will be an “Accordeon-nous” Award for accordionists over 8 years of age. The winner will receive a cash prize, plus concert opportunities at the 2019 PIF in Castelfidardo, the 2019 Alcobaco Festival in Portugal and at the 2020 Accordion-nous event.

The jury will be chaired by Michel Stockhem (Director Arts2 Royal Conservatory of Mons) and consist of concert players, conservatory teachers and national and international guests.

Entries close on April 19th. Competition Rules and entry information at: 2019AccordeonNous.pdf

2018 Winners pictured below.
2018 winners

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Frédéric Deschamps Masterclass in Drohobych - Ukraine

Frédéric Deschamps Masterclass PosterFrench teacher Frédéric Deschamps will give a masterclass at the XIIth International Bayan-Accordion Competition “Perpetuum Mobile” held in Drohobych, Lviv Region (Ukraine) on May 3rd in the Hall of DSPU Ivan Franko from 2pm to 6pm.

Frédéric Deschamps is a renowned teacher whose cutting-edge techniques have consistently produced international competition winners and he has taught master classes in very many countries of the world.

Information about the Ukraine event, competition rules and entry information at: 2019PerpetuumRules.pdf

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Italian Accordionist Guest at Guildford Accordion Club – England

FabioItalian accordionist Fabio Turchetti will entertain at the Guildford Accordion Club in the Ripley Village Hall, Ripley, London on March 15th. He plays and sings his own compositions, jazz standards, tributes to tango and to Italian music.

Fabio has released over 30 CD’s and played in various festivals including the Philippine Jazz Festival in Manila and the Madrid Jazz Festival. He has also performed concerts in Los Angeles, New York, London and Paris.

Over the years the Guildford Accordion Club have had guests from Russia, China, Italy, France, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Finland and Canada, plus many fine players from all over England.

For further details email: anita.boothby@guildford-accordion-club.org.uk

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Excursion with Lady's Bicycle! Concert- Sweden

Stockholm concert poster
Accordionist Matti Andersson will perform a concert entitled "Excursion with a Lady's Bicycle!" with Nils-Erik Sparf (violin) at the Stallet Världens Musik, Stallgatan 7, 111 48 Stockholm on February 17th.

The music was written by Lars Hollmer, a much-loved songwriter, artist, and accordionist who has now passed away. The duo wish to make a CD and perform concerts in his memory.

The works focus on modern improvisational music, where Hollmar collaborated with improvisation musicians from all over the world.

For further details email: stallet@rfod.se

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4th Annual Charm City Django Jazz Festival – USA

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The Django Jazz Festival will be held in Charm City, Baltimore, Maryland on February 22nd and 23rd. The event will include a Django Fest Workshop by the duo Passarinho (which features accordionist Dallas Vietty and Bryce Milano on mandolin).

The duo was formed because of their shared passion for instrumental music from around the world. They enjoy playing gypsy jazz (the music of Django Reinhardt) and quickly discovered a variety of common musical interests from Bulgaria to Brazil.

For further festival details email: info@creativealliance.org

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Accordion Babes Calendar 2020

Accordion Babes 2020
Artwork and planning is now underway for the 2020 edition of the Accordion Babes calendar. The calendar was first published 11 years ago and this year’s theme is: Accordion Babes 2020: Women of the Future: or: An Instrument Beyond Time.

The projected timeline for the 2020 calendar deadlines and dates are:

Art deadline for photos and songs: March 31st
Fundraiser period: April 15th-May 15th
Print date: June 1st

Photos can be funny, cute, strong or centerfold-type sexy! Age is no barrier as there is no age limit or a perfect body-type as the idea is to promote accordion music. (Photo of Marlene Dietrich above).

The calendar editor is a female street-performer/bookworm who plays a 2-row Irish system button accordion and considers herself a folk-rocker-nerd. She has been playing accordion professionally for 18 years and publishes the calendar because it feels good to do something she loves, makes people happy, and to help shift our culture to being more friendly, open, and fun.

For further information email: editor@accordionpinupcalendar.com

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Sergei Teleshev March/April Concert Tour - USA

Sergei Teleshev PosterUS based accordionist, arranger and composer Sergei Teleshev will tour the US in March and April. Sergei is a member of the Trio Voronezh and Valinor Quartet and has made concerts extensively in North America. Before moving to the USA Sergei was classically trained at the Academy of Music in Voronezh in Russia.

Tour dates are:

1st March: Oakland, OR
3rd March: Paso Robles, CA
5th March: Borrego Springs, CA
9th March: Harlingen, TX
11th March: Elko, NV
17th March: Austin, TX
21st March: Ponca City, OK
22nd March: Borger, TX
24th March: Las Cruces, NM
26th March: Silver City, NM
28th March: El Paso, TX
30th March: Waco, TX
5th April: Marysville, OH
7th April: Severna Park, MD
9th April: Orloville, CA
10th April: Grants Pass, OR
11th April: Roseburg, OR
12th April: Longview, WA
16th April: Cottage Grove, OR

For further concert information email: steleshev@yahoo.com

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CD Review: Hymn to Aphrodite CD by Friedrich Lips

Hymn to Aphrodite CD coverCD Reviews Index for the Review of Hymn to Aphrodite CD by Friedrich Lips. Review by Joan Cochran Sommers.

Recent years Lips CD's:
CD028 Hymn to Aphrodite CD
CD027 Fachwerk | Kapote CD
CD026 Night Flowers CD
CD025 Lips Concerto CD
CD024 Under The Sign of Scorpio CD
CD023 Cocktail "Rio Rita" CD & eTracks mp3 album
CD022 Viva Voce CD & eTracks mp3 album
CD021 ecLipse CD & eTracks mp3 album
CD020 ¡Buenos Dias, Astor! CD & eTracks mp3 album

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Site Updated: 2019 Coupe Mondiale Entry System Goes Live, Shenzhen - China

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Mirco Patarini, Kimmo MattilaSite Updated: CIA Secretary General Kimmo Mattila announces that the 2019 Coupe Mondiale online entry system is now open for entries to the 72nd Coupe Mondiale from the 2019 General Competition Rules page: 2019CM-Rules

CIA President Mirco Patarini invites all (41) CIA members to register delegates to the 142nd International Congress of Delegates which meets twice in Shenzhen.

President Patarini invites competitors from all nations to please lodge their entries and praised the generous China/Shenzhen Government sponsorship which has afforded the opportunity to award 50 contestant subsidies towards airfare and free room and board. Subsidy applications must be received by 20 May 2019 so make your application today!!

The 72nd Coupe Mondiale will be held from 12-17 August, 2019 in Shenzhen, China hosted by The Accordion Association of Chinese Musicians' Association (CAA). President Li Cong and his Organising Committee (picture below) welcomes everyone to enjoy famous Chinese hospitality and wonderful music in the modern Xixiang Music Valley facility in Shenzhen.

The festival will feature competitions as follows:
• 71st Coupe Mondiale
• Masters Coupe Mondiale
• Junior Coupe Mondiale
• International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
• Junior International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
• Chamber Music - Classical
• Chamber Music - World Music

Entry closing date is 30th June 2019 and all entry and hotel information is online at: Coupe Mondiale
2019 Shenzhen China Organising Committee

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New Douglas Ward Compositions Now Online - UK

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Douglas WardTwo new works have been released by well known UK composer and performer Douglas Ward, published by Charnwood Publishing.

DW950 Backstage Waltz
This waltz is written in Eb major and starts with a four-bar introduction. This is followed by the next eight bars which take the treble melody through a tuneful dance, with phrasing, slight tempo changes, and dynamic variations. An eight-bar short middle section introduced both major and minor bass chords. This is followed by a reinstatement of the melody, which leads into a slightly unorthodox ending in that the waltz momentarily turns into a foxtrot in 4/4, before the final bar in 3/4.

DW951 Conundrum
This composition, in A minor, starts with a bold concert-like announcement as its introduction, but after four bars changes to an emotional motif for several bars. Suddenly a speedy, turbulent allegro con brio section takes over, with an abundance of off-beat accenting in both treble and basses, and dynamic markings. This is followed by a section that suddenly stumbles into an almost dream-like state of emotions and feelings, played rubato, followed by a treble cadenza, and a lead-up to a major key. It then recapitulates to the allegro con brio theme before aiming at the build-up towards the ending. This involves a four-bar bellows shake, followed by a 24-note rising chromatic run, with a surprise ending that is typical of an Argentinian tango. The composition requires accurate coordination of treble, basses and bellows, plus phrasing, dexterity and personal musical interpretation

DW952 Clown in a Pickle
DW953 Horseplay

Douglas Ward is now listing over 80 compositions and arrangements of eSheet and printed music available from Charnwood Publishing Douglas Ward. Sample music pages online. Purchase with credit card online.

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New Compositions by Franco Cambareri - Australia

Spicy Salsa musicFrank CambareriThree new compositions by Franco Cambareri of Australia have been released.

cfranco238 - A Bumbling Bee
cfranco239 - Spicy Salsa
cfranco240 - Blu Dolphin

View sample page online, pdf format music sent to purchaser by email.

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Updated Site: Franck Angelis Two New Works Published - France

Franck AngelisVery popular French composer Franck Angelis has published and made available for international sale two new works:
ang568 - Spleen (Solo) View information and sample page
ang569 - Fantaisie (Solo) View information and sample page

The music is in pdf format sent to the client by email.

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