Trained at Musikene and the Kunstuniversität Graz, Francisco José Domínguez composed his Tres nocturnos (Three Nocturnes) for accordion in 2014. This work, a prizewinner at the Francisco Escudero International Composition Competition, is divided into three sections. The first is characterised by a rapid succession of notes that lead to a granulated texture. The second alternates this tension with more melodic segments, while the latter predominate in the third section of the piece.
Eco de las noches was premiered in San Sebastián in 2017 and reflects the composer’s present interest in the world of flamenco. The title alludes to the song La noche, by Estrella Morente, which appears in a distorted manner towards the middle of the piece. The diverse sound events −unified through the stamping of the feet in the woodwinds with which the work begins and which reappears throughout− recall the universe of Helmut Lachenmann and his “musique concrète instrumentale”.
Fabià Santcovsky’s Veu i vol d'un ocell d'Arquitània, a work whose world premiere is captured in this video, is the result of the convergence of two lines of work that extend the accordion’s conventional technique. Its writing is based on microtonal melismas on the one hand, and the panoramic effect generated with the distance that exists between manuals and the spatial transition that occurs between the different tunings, on the other.
HueyChing Chong’s Introspection, a work whose world premiere is captured in this video, highlights the accordion’s many possibilities in terms of sound. Based on the idea that music is essentially energy, the composer explores the conventional limits of the instrument and redefines its use from a physiological perspective. This is shown, for example, by proposing the synchronisation of the performer’s breathing with the movements of the bellows.