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BCD008: A Frosini Tribute Volume 1
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Biography
Tracks:
Carnival of Venice
3:42
Alphine Shepherd (Morlacchi)
3:46
Serenata Primerverale
3:12
Jolly Caballero
2:25
Olive Blossoms
3:47
Accordion Jitters
2:40
Bel Viso
2:27
Britannia
3:50
La Mariposita
3:20
Flashing Fingers
2:58
Bubbles
3:34
Russian Fantasy
4:05
Spic 'n' Span
1:34
Rhapsody No.2
4:59
Cubanola
2:14
Dark Eyes
3:35
Flirtations
4:49
Carnival Of Venice (acoustic)
3:50
Dark Eyes (acoustic)
3:21
Alphine Shepherd (acoustic)
3:43
Rhapsody No.2 (acoustic)
5:25
Total Time
68:36
Sound Samples:
Piece
Time
.mp3 file
Carnival of Venice
20s
Alphine Shepherd (Morlacchi)
20s
Serenata Primerverale
20s
Jolly Caballero
20s
Olive Blossoms
20s
Accordion Jitters
20s
Bel Viso
20s
Britannia
20s
La Mariposita
20s
Flashing Fingers
20s
Bubbles
20s
Russian Fantasy
20s
Spic 'n' Span
20s
Rhapsody No.2
20s
Cubanola
20s
Dark Eyes
20s
Flirtations
20s
Carnival Of Venice (acoustic)
20s
Dark Eyes (acoustic)
20s
Alphine Shepherd (acoustic)
20s
Rhapsody No.2 (acoustic)
20s
Description:
Of all the figures that feature in the history of the accordion, there is one figure that I feel deserves special mention.

In Australia, as an aspiring artist, the ultimate aim was to play one of Pietro Frosini's arrangements or compositions. They hold a timeless elegance and charm, which transcend time and musical change.

I remember hearing the opening bars of Carnival of Venice for the first time and being absolutely positive that i had heard it somewhere before. For aspiring students, epochs of musical achievement seemed to be marked by Frosini's music.

Pietro Frosini was born in Catania, Sicily in 1885. From his native homeland, he migrated, with his family, to America, where he began to make a name for himself on the diatonic button accordion, with four bass buttons on teh left-hand side . He was introduced to the three-row chromatic button accordion, on which he made his name and for which he wrote his compositions.

As well as having a vaudeville act with his accordion, he also became an active promother of the instrument, and he was one of the founding members of the American Accordino Association, which is still a very strong and vibrant organisation today.

Frossini worked on teh promotion, along with the Deiro brothers and especially and especially, with Guido Deiro, who is attributed to be the first person to play the piano accordion in America. Frosini still stuck to his buitton accordion, but had a dummy piano keyboard attached, with the three rows of buttons on the outer edge of the accordion.

As a pioneer in his field, Frosini was renowned for his dazzling dexterity and he perfected the art of bellow shake on the accordion. His recordings, with bass, percussion and sometimes, guitar, attest to his brilliant technique which, for its time, is remarkable.

As an accordionist of the 21st century, I aim to bring the music of this great master to life in new way, by playing the electronic MIDI accordion. I hope to bring another dimension to the music, not to make it ourlandish or tracky, by unduly adding new sounds, but to enhance it and make it more accessible to today's audience. For those who prefer a more traditional sound, I have added some tracks on acoustic accordion.

I have listened to the playing of Pietro Frossini and believe that these interpretations are as near as possible to what Maestro Frosini would have wanted to hear.

I should not venture to say, but I believe that, If Maestro Frosini were around today, he would approve of the use of electronic accordion to add extra colour to his music. He seems to be of that progressive frame of mind. His one wish was to promote the accordion - and he has provided a wonderful vehicle through which to do so.

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