SOLOIST WITH ORCHESTRA

If the piano with straps’or accordion now features within chamber music ensembles on a regular basis, the repertoire for accordion and symphony orchestra is still very meagre. To this day, not one composer has devised a real ‘piece concertante’for solo accordion and orchestra based on the original repertoire of this instrument.


Broadening accordion repertoire 

With this in mind, Félicien Brut and the composer Thibault Perrine have endeavoured to surprise classical music lovers and attract fans of popular music to symphony concerts. After having established a successful initial partnership and measured the success encountered by Le Pari des Bretelles, they have embarked upon a new creation: Caprice d’accordéoniste. This fantasy for accordion and symphony orchestra, inspired by very famous themes from musette or accordion music repertoire, premiered in July 2018, in Royan, in front of a crowd of 60,000 people at Un Violon sur le Sable.

Thibault Perrine then began to write Souvenirs de bal, a concerto for accordion and orchestra. This piece lasting about 25 minutes adopts the most common form for solo instrument, constructed around a unique theme borrowed from popular repertoire of course. This theme infiltrates the whole work but it is only cited fully and clearly recognisable at the end of the piece, in a sort of culmination of delicacy and expressive ambiguity. The orchestration envisages forty or so musicians (an orchestra with two of each instrument).

Félicien premiered this concerto on 28th April 2019 with the Orchestre de Cannes, headed by its young and talented musical director Benjamin Lévy. The concert programme also includes, in the first partCaprice d’accordéoniste by Thibault Perrine, Three Symphonic Tangos by Astor Piazzolla, as well as two works by Richard Galliano for accordion and string orchestra: Petite Suite française and Tango pour Claude.


The accordion and the orchestra, a major project for the coming months…

For several years now, Félicien has been interested in developing the repertoire for accordion and orchestra. In the next few months, a major project will see the light of day, both on stage and on record! A concerto for accordion and symphony orchestra and other shorter works are currently being created by several contemporary composers… but we’ll have to wait a few more weeks to find out more!

In the meantime, in the summer of 2021, Félicien will perform again in concerto, first at the festival Les Musicales de Cambrai, then with the Orchestre de Cannes-Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The programme will include Piazzolla, whose centenary we are celebrating: his concerto for bandoneon and also his double-concerto for bandoneon and guitar with the wonderful guitarist Thibaut Garcia

Repertory:

Works for accordion and symphony orchestra

Concerto for accordion and symphony orchestra
by Fabien Waksman (1980 –     )
Concerto in three movements
duration: about 20 min
commissioned by Félicien Brut – creation in October 2021


Caprice d’accordéoniste
by Thibault Perrine (1979 –     )

Fantasy for accordion and symphony orchestra
duration: 7 min
commissioned by Félicien Brut – creation in July 2018 – Festival un Violon sur le Sable (Royan)


Triptych for accordion and symphony orchestra
by Artem Nyzhnyk (1980 –     )

Ouverture – Romance – Scherzo
duration: environ 15 min
commissioned by Félicien Brut – creation in July 2021


Souvenirs de Bal
by Thibault Perrine (1979 –     )

for accordion and symphony orchestra
duration: 9 min 30
commissioned by Félicien Brut – creation in April 2019 with Orchestre de Cannes-Provence-Côte d’Azur, under the direction of Benjamin Lévy


Flambée Montalbanaise
by Gus Viseur (1915 – 1974)

arrangement for accordion and symphony orchestra by Lucas Henri
duration: 3 min


Works for accordion and string orchestra

La Petite Suite française
by Richard Galliano
(1950 –     )
Prélude – Aubade – Espiègle – Interlude – Waltz
for accordion and string orchestra
duration: 12 min


Concerto for bandoneon – Aconcagua
by Astor Piazzolla
(1921 – 1992)
Concerto in three movements
duration: 20 min
for accordion, string orchestra, piano, harp and 2 percussions


Trois Tangos Symphoniques
by Astor Piazzolla
(1921 – 1992)
Suite in three movements
duration: 18 min
for accordion, string orchestra, piano, harp and 2 percussions


Double concerto for bandoneon and guitar
by Astor Piazzolla
(1921 – 1992)
Introduction – Milonga – Tango
duration: 16 min
for accordion, guitar and string orchestra


Tango pour Claude
by Richard Galliano
(1950 –     )
for accordion and string orchestra
duration: 4 min


Flambée Montalbanaise
by Gus Viseur (1915 – 1974)

arrangement for accordion and string orchestra by Thibault Perrine
duration: 3 min