Accord(ion) concerto op. 18 (2002)

Accord(ion) concerto was commissioned by the Hungarian Musical Association and the National Cultural Core Program. It is not an accordion concerto, but a concerto of harmonies. It consists of four chords - major, minor, diminished and seventh - which happen to be the basic chords of the accordion. Hence the play of words in the title which indicates that, rather than a concerto of a solo instrument and an orchestra, it is a concert of harmonies. Undeniably, however, the accordion assumes a key role in the equation. In addition to the four chords, the structure of the work consists of a combination of half-tone progressions to and from a major third. The half-tone steps are frequently achieved by glissandi, thus expanding the twelve-tone limits of the system. The glissandi persists throughout the composition, it expands towards the middle of the piece (spans two octave in places) and finally narrows down and returns to the world of half-tones. Within the consistent sound-fresco sonority the harmonies are now juxtaposed and are equal in intensity (this creates serious blocks of sand), now they emerge in a subtle manner and disappear again. Their competition is at the same time a concerto of consonant and non-consonant chords - accomplished in a way that the listener is captivated by the natural flow and undulation: pure musicality, the essential message of the music cannot be replaced by mathematical and other structures. The Accord(ion) concerto was awarded Second Prize at the tribune Internationale des Compositeurs (Rostrum of Composers) in Vienna in 2003.

Duration: 15 minutes

Publisher: Hangvarázs Bt. (