Le fisarmoniche : radiophonic work
by Caroline Wilkins (2002)
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Library shelf no. CD 2389 [Available for loan]
The work explored the 'inner life' of the accordion, its social-historical role in European culture. Passages from John Berger's short story about Felix, 'The accordion Player', from his collection entitled 'Once in Europa' (Granta Books 1989) are woven throughout, spoken in English and German. Italian voices recall the various names belonging to the accordion family, the title 'Le Fisarmoniche' meaning literally 'The accordions'. We hear traces from different stages of the instrument's construction as it is being manufactured in a small French factory, and the voices of its craftsmen and women. Quoting sources from both traditional folk and contemporary music written for the instrument, including my own, we re-discover the psychological depths of its characteristic mechanism: the bellows. Out of this combination emerges a meaningful cultural history of the so-called 'squeeze-box'.
Duration: 32 min.
Difficulty: N/A - Not for live performance
Commission note: Commissioned by Studio Akustische Kunst, West German Radio.
First performance: by Markus Heuger — 17 Sep 02. West German Radio's Studio Akustische Kunst, Cologne
The composer cites the following influences/styles/genres assocaited with this work:
accordion/bandoneon works. Genres of musique concrete, sound art. accordion folk/dance music
Submitted for the Prix Ars Acustica
Performances of this work
10 May 13: broadcast on West German Radio 3, WDR Cologne. Featuring Studio Akustische Kunst, West German Radio.
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