The accordion in contemporary music – an introduction for composers
workshop by Eva Zöllner
The classical accordion is a very young instrument. During the last years it has become well-established and appreciated in international contemporary music life. Prestigious composers have written important works for the instrument. Still there is an uncertainty among a lot of composers about how to write for accordion and how to use the instrument´ s possibilities optimally. This workshop is meant to be a introduction to the contemporary accordion and to provide useful information about the instrument and its playing technique.
Eva Zöllner, an internationally acclaimed soloist who has commissioned more that 100 new works for her instrument, will talk about
– general information about the accordion
– notation, characteristics, problems,…
– contemporary playing techniques
– examples of accordion repertoire both solo and chamber music
– use of the instrument within new media projects
and other related topics.
Compositions students will have the opportunity to work with the instrumentalist on small accordion pieces or sketches that they have prepared. The workshops can be accompanied by a recital (solo accordion or with electronics) that gives the listeners an overview of the most recent accordion repertoire.
Organisation: The workshop is addressed to compositon students of all levels. Instrumental students or other people with an interest in contemporary music are welcome. A duration of 2 – 3 hours would be suitable. Severeal meetings can be arranged to provide time in between for the students to work on small pieces that can later be presented in a workshop concert.
References: Eva Zöllner has successfully conducted composition workshops at the following institutions: IRINO-Institute, Tokio – Cenart & CIEM & UNAM, Mexiko City – ESAY Merida, MX – CMMAS Morelia, MX – Washington University, Seattle – University of York – University of Cambridge – Falmouth University – SARC Belfast – Tbilisi State Conservatoire – Korea National University of Arts, Seoul – UNIRIO, Rio de Janeiro – Ostrava New Music, CZ – Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá – Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Leipzig – Manhattan School of Music – Columbia University, NYC