or the meeting of Beethoven and the accordion

Creation in January 2020, during La Folle Journée de Nantes

Accordion and string quintet with the Hermès Quartet and Édouard Macarez  (double bass)

« In 2020, we will celebrate the 250th anniversary of a legendary composer : Ludwig van Beethoven. Born in 1770, he died in Vienna in 1827, two years before the invention of the accordion in the same city by a piano maker : Cyrill Demian. Two little years therefore prevented a meeting… Almost two centuries later, we let ourselves be tempted by a dream, that of imaginig finally giving to this missed meeting… »


Nine symphonies, nine masterpieces and much more… How, in 2020, can an accordionist pay homage to the considerable work left by the immense composer ?

New because, beyond the tribute, it is future and novelty… Evoking a genius of musical creation by new creations is the challenge and the leimotif of this project.

Nine compositions from today, signed by composers from very diverse backgrounds who have accepted to take up this challenge and each write a piece inspired by a characteristic element of Beethoven’s work.

New like this instrument still very young in the classical universe, the accordion, enveloped by the magnificent strings of the Hermès Quartet end the double bass player Édouard Macarez : a sextet which becomes the blank page of each compeser, the communication vector between the music of yesterday and today.

Nine letters, B-E-E-T-H-O-V-E-N, A-C-C-O-R-D-I-O-N, nine letters in both words but two universes until there so far so far apart… One project, for nine letters, for nine creations, so that the new floods the year 2020 and the future of accordion !

« Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine. » 

Ludwig van Beethoven

Discover the project clip NEUF…

Corentin Apparailly
Depuis les Ombres
according to the Sonata « Au Clair de Lune »

Stéphane Delplace
L’Odieuse Fugue
according to the Symphony nº 9

Domi Emorine
Tempête au Balajo
according to the Sonata « La Tempête »

Thomas Enhco
Après l’Orage
according to the Sonata opus 111

Cyrille Lehn
Tarentelle à Kreutzer
according to the Sonata « À Kreutzer »

Patrice d’Ollone
according to the Symphony nº 6

Thibault Perrine
In Memoriam
according to the Symphony nº 7

Fabien Waksman
Carcere Oscura
according to the Symphony nº 5

Jean-François Zygel
Il est là
according to several major themes

The NINE composers and their NINE creations