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link-button General Article about the Bandoneon Technique

The bandoneonist Amijai Shalev from Pitango has written an article on the Bandoneon Technique specially for those who need to learn by their own. The contact address for Amijai Shalev is found in the article.




Pedro y Pedro Analysis

Luis Caruana has analyzed Piazzolla's Pedro y Pedro, possibly Piazzolla's only composition for bandoneon solo, as part of his Ph.D. thesis. His work is presented here in it's original Spanish version.

link-button Análisis musical de la obra para Bandoneón solo

Pedro y Pedro



de Astor Piazzolla por Luis Caruana (Spanish)

original handwritten music page 1, page 2, page 3

sound


Writing for the Bandoneon

One major obstacle for diffusing the bandoneon is the poor availability of music for it. Most of the repertory are transcriptions from other instruments. But there are also works written explicitly for it. One task is thus the creation of new material, and which can be potentially of every kind of music.

A composer does not need to play the bandoneon, but should know it's keyboard (e.g. the bisonoric 142 voice system) and about it's particularities. Like for most instruments, he should know the limitations (what is possible and what not and where there are the difficulties to perform) but also the strength and perhaps special techniques not known on other instruments.

e-mail is aware of the problem and from questions presented by composers willing to work for the bandoneon, he wrote some valuable examples concerning this subject. Fortunately he made this material available to us. It consists of an explanatory text which is accompanied by excerpts and sound examples. The original text was written in Spanish. Many members of the Bandoneon List have offered spontaneously to make the translation. I'm really pleased of the enthusiasm to collaborate with this project.

The quality and the usefulness of the contents depends finally on the presented questions in the future. The user is asked to direct his doubts to the author directly. If the subject is of general relevance, he will try to find an answer.

link-button La Escritura Bandoneonística
(original in Spanish)
link-button La Escritura Bandoneonística
(original in Spanish - pdf version)
link-button Bandoneon Notation
English by e-mail
link-button Bandoneon Notation
English pdf version
link-button Writing for Bandoneon
(external link)
by Julian Rowlands

(German, Spanish, English)
last update: 2017-11-17
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