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BCD009: A Frosini Tribute Volume 2
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Biography
Tracks:
Love Smiles
Bernadette Conlon
3:36
Silver Moon Waltz
Bernadette Conlon
3:10
Swedish-Italian Mazurka
Bernadette Conlon
3:55
Dizzy Accordion
Bernadette Conlon
3:21
Gauchos On Parade
Bernadette Conlon
3:06
Cordinella
Bernadette Conlon
2:32
Italian Fantasy
Bernadette Conlon
3:40
Rag In D
Bernadette Conlon
2:54
Fosini Symphonic March
Bernadette Conlon
3:35
Fancy Twisters
Bernadette Conlon
3:12
Fragrant Flowers
Bernadette Conlon
2:38
Los Rancheros
Bernadette Conlon
2:44
The Brave Matador
Bernadette Conlon
2:58
The Gay Picador
Bernadette Conlon
4:03
Bel Fiore
Bernadette Conlon
2:59
:La Corinita
Bernadette Conlon
3:26
Country Dance
Bernadette Conlon
2:18
Coquette
Bernadette Conlon
2:28
The Bee (Schubert)
Bernadette Conlon
1:14
Hot Fingers
Bernadette Conlon
3:03
Love Smiles(acoustic)
Bernadette Conlon
2:22
La Mariposita(acoustic)
Bernadette Conlon
4:05
Total Time
63.19
Sound Samples:
Piece
Time
.mp3 file
Love Smiles
20s
Silver Moon Waltz
20s
Swedish-Italian Mazurka
20s
Dizzy Accordion
20s
Gauchos On Parade
20s
Cordinella
20s
Italian Fantasy
20s
Rag In D
20s
Fosini Symphonic March
20s
Fancy Twisters
20s
Fragrant Flowers
20s
Los Rancheros
20s
The Brave Matador
20s
The Gay Picador
20s
Bel Fiore
20s
:La Corinita
20s
Country Dance
20s
Coquette
20s
The Bee (Schubert)
20s
Hot Fingers
20s
Love Smiles(acoustic)
20s
La Mariposita(acoustic)
20s
Description:

Pietro Frosini

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 keyboard.

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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