Dan Worrall Posted June 29, 2006 Share Posted June 29, 2006 Does anyone know of any classical music transcribed for the concertina? A web page? Suggestions for creating transcriptions from other instruments e.g. piano, violin? Where is the Andres Segovia of the squeeze box? Paulino, You may have been born too late to hear him! The place to look for classical anglo pieces is in the early (mid-nineteenth century) tutors for German and AngloGerman concertina...this was long before the instrument developed its current stylistic straightjacket (mostly English and Irish traditional music). If light classical music will do, there is lots of transcribed material in these works, along with popular songs and dances of the day. A first, easy place to look is the George Jones tutor, available for download at the Concertina Library (www.concertina.net). His last arrangement in that book is a Fantasia by Shapcott (one of the many 'bells' pieces). I've scanned through my collection of early tutors, and found two that have quite a good mix of light classical pieces (Verdi, Rossini, Donizetti, Mozart, etc.). These are in: 1) Carlo Minasi's Instruction Book for the German Concertina, London, Chappell and Co., 1858, (Minasi was a popular 'classical' composer of the day who also wrote for both English and Anglo concertina). This one has by far the most light classical content. (Note: this is NOT the tutor by Minasi that I and Randy Merris included and discussed in the Concertina Library...that one was a decade earlier). 2) Russell's German Concertina Tutor, volume 1, London. If your 'light classical' tent is large enough for the likes of Stephen Foster (a popular song composer of his day, of course, who is often heard in pops concerts today along with other 'popular' folks like Scott Joplin), there is a nice duet arranged for two german concertinas of 'Come where my love lies dreaming', in 3) Sedgwick's Improved and Complete Instructions for the German Concertina, Boston 1865 and 1893. It is interesting to see how the early players were not nearly so typecast in their playing as most people (myself included) today....there is a lot of variety in these tutors. Concertinas were relatively new then, and people were experimenting. And no one had yet told them that anglos are for trad. I realize those last three tutors will be difficult for you to find (I got mine in a roundabout way via Randy Merris, who along with Bob Gaskins looked these up in national libraries in London and Washington). If you are really interested in any of this early stuff, send me an email and I can help get you some copies. If you want more information on the world of these fascinating and numerous early tutors, check out Randy Merris' excellent article on that subject in the Concertina Library http://www.concertina.com/merris/bibliogra...nglo-tutors.htm Cheers, Dan Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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