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Composing for Accordion
Workshop Presentation

Sat 21 July 2018, 16.00
Lichtenbergschule (Kleine Sporthalle)

Tickets (5 €) at the box office only.

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With participants of the Darmstadt Summer Course

Exceptional interpreters have ensured that the repertoire of New Music for the accordion has developed rapidly in recent years. The instrument, which was previously employed in popular music almost without exception, fascinates composers first and foremost for its spectrum of timbres and registers. Thanks to its great potential in terms of different playing techniques – using bellows, glissando techniques or percussive effects – the accordion has become a source of inspiration for new works time and again. Berlin-based composer Rebecca Saunders has likewise been employing the instrument in her ensemble pieces and solos since 1998. Together with Bulgarian accordionist Krassimir Sterev, she will be leading the five-day workshop bringing together composers and accordionists at the 2018 Darmstadt Summer Course. Miniatures for the accordion will be created by participants working closely together, before being presented at a workshop concert.

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