Pietro Frosini was one of America's leading accordionist. He pioneered
a style of playing, which has inspires accordionists the world
over, even penetrating the Iron Curtain. I was shocked to see
my Professor in Kiev had Russian records with Frosini compositions
and arrangements have been standards in the accordion repertoire.
Frosini was revolutionary in his day, using the chromatic button
accordion and developing it to greater heights, experimenting
with bass runs and solos, as well as a dazzling right hand technique.
He is accredited with having invented and developed the bellow
shake. Many of his peers called him the Paganini of the accordion.
Frosini has earned his place in history, not only for developing
accordion technique and status, but also for popularising the
instrument, working the vaudeville circuit and his frequent radio
appearances, He was a teacher, and he contributed to magazines,
encouraging correct technique and playing.
From the grandeur and drama of his three Rhapsodies for accordion,
his Symphonic March and Italian and Russian Fantasies, to the
light-hearted, fun-loving novelty solos, such as Bubbles, Fancy
Twisters and Accordion Jitters. His waltzes, polkas and South
American pieces, whether tangos, such as Love Smiles, or the other
Spanish influenced Boleros and Paso dobles, have become standards
for budding accordionists, as well as professionals.
It has been a pleasure to learn these compositions - all are brilliant
solos, which stand-alone. It has been a challenge to translate
each piece to piano accordion, as they were originally written
for chromatic button accordion.
Frosini used several different looking accordions throughout his
career. One of these has a false piano keyboard to make the accordion
look flashier. Guido Diero is said to have encouraged Frosini
to change to the piano keyboard and his compromise was the false
Surprisingly, most of his compositions fall well under the fingers
of a piano keyboard. Frosini's compostions are great technical
exercises, as well as having a great musical content.
The are a joy to play.
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