"Bayan" as we know it today, is a concert instrument
which differs from the popular accordion in the wealth of its
tone and range (15 on the right hand and 7 on the left for some
models), in its extraodinarily powerful sound and particularly
in its system of free bass (barytons).
Its beginnigs can be traced to the Russia of 1871. It was at this
time that BIELOBODOROV crafted the first standard chromatic accordion
for professionnals. 35 to 40 years of improvements made it a very
popular and well loved instrument, with a number of accordion
makers turning out several thousand instruments each per year.
In 1907, Master STIERLIGOFF crafted a new and perfected convert
instrument with 5 bass rows. This instrument was later dubbed
the "bayan"after a 9/10th century poet, artist and musician.
Today, Italy, famous for its accordion makers, continues to perfect
this marvalous "bayan". The BAIKAL DUO performs its
pieces on the instruments of the PIGINI firm, and also form part
of the Pigini team along with other reputed bayan players as V.
SEMYONOV (USSR), Peter SOAVE (USA), Jean PACALET (France)...
The ear itself will testify to the quality of sound peculiar to
these instruments but it is nevertheless interesting to add a
few lines to stress the quality of the workmanship of the PIGINI
firm, specialists in the making of prestigious concert accordions
which are selected by numerous academies and schools of music
for their excellent musicality and teh perfection with which they
have beeb crafted.
A good accordion requires great care and attention in the crafting
of the wood and metals but, most important, the hand of the master
in teh delicate stages when sound definition and perfection are
given to the instrument. It is successful combination of the different
musical and mecanical elements which creates from a collection
of disparate parts a harmonious whole which will respond perfectly
and immediately to the needs of the musician.
From model to model and instrument to instrument, the PIGINI firm
has grawn on its 50 years of experience and sense of tradition
to constantly improve the concert accordion and has thus earned
itself a well deserved international reputation. We invite you
to listen attentively so that you can judge the quality of these
instruments for yourself.