mugnoz01: Alessandro Mugnoz -Dal Repertorio ottocentesco per strumenti ad ancia libera alla musica del Novecento
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Allegro appassionato
Bernhard Molique (1802-1869)
VI. Allegretto vivace
Bernhard Molique (1802-1869)
Angelo PANZINI (1820-1886)
Unflore di Primavera - Allegretto
Angelo PANZINI (1820-1886)
Prelude, Fugue et Vatiation op.18
Cesar FRANCK (1822-1890)
Divertimento n.1
Adamo VOLPI (1911-1980)
Divertimento n.2
Adamo VOLPI (1911-1980)
Dialoghi senza tempo
GianFelice FUGAZZA (1922)
Astor PIAZZOLA (1921-1992)
Tango pour Claude
Richard GALLIANO (1950)
Danza erotica
Italo SALIZZATO (1941)
Peppino PRINCIPE (1927)
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Dal Repertorio ottocentesco per strumenti ad ancia libera alla musica del Novecento – Alessandro Mugnoz and Claudia Menghi

The piano and the accordion have always been a difficult pairing of two diverse sonorities and therefore it is not by chance that music written for this duo has not had popular acclaim – the only possible exception being the work of the Danish composer Poul Rovsing Olsen “Duo”. The sonoric challenge is taken up, on this CD, by the “courageous” Alessandro Mugnoz and Claudia Menghi. It is a challenge which they win and with some ease.

The journey is planned along an “evolutionary ” route and takes us from compositions of 1856 to today. Only their correct (musicological) vision of the development of the accordion has allowed them to present such an irrefutable work. The CD has been made using the “modern “ accordion and thus it si specified on each tune whether the original was intended for concertina, physarmonika, harmonium or bandoneon. In fact in the excellent accompanying booklet, Mugnoz affirms that the modern accordion in an historical perspective , is the amalgam of all these instruments. This in sharp contrast for example to the many times that Piazolla is performed with out mention of the bandoneon.

The duo have a wonderful harmony and are never apprehensive from the technical point of view, instead simply enjoying the beautiful melodies.

The high point of the record is the first recording of two works of Angelo Panzini (1820-1886) for piano and physarmonika, which Mugnoz discovered in the library of the Verdi conservatorio of Milan. The style of these pieces has been missing in the accordions’ repetoire and the level of interaction between the two instruments makes these very valuable compositions.

The Cd opens with Flying Leaves by Bernhard Molique and after Panzini we have Prelude, Fugue and Variation Op 18 by Cesar Franck. There follows two works by the Italian composer Adamo Volpi which Mugnoz uses as a link between the two halves of the Cd. One of Felice Fugazza’s later works “Dialoghi senza tempo” follows before leading to Astor Piazolla and Richard Galliano with Neuvo Tango and New Musette. To finish we get another double helping of Italian accordionist /composers –Italo Salizzato and Peppino Principe and their “ Danza erotica “ and “Cecilia”

To conclude , this Cd has great value in not only bringing us compositions never previously recorded but also in the explanations in the accompanying booklet which give valuable insight to the listener.
Born in 1962, he achieved Diplomas in Choral Music and Chorus Direction (at "Martini" Conservatoire, Bologna) and in Accordion (at “Rossini” Conservatoire, Pesaro).He also attended courses in Electronic Organ and Composition, workshops in Jazz Music (with – among others – B.Tommaso and G.Schiaffini) and in Multimedia Music Didactics.

He took part in refresher courses, specialization studies, and in lessons for the accordion didactics and interpretation with some of the most appreciated Accordion Maestri, such as G.Marcosignori, A.Volpi, L.Puchnowski, M.Bonnay, S.Scappini;his meetings with S.Di Gesualdo have been decisive for his professional growth.

He has carried on intense didactic activiies in several Musical Schools and Institutes;he is currently teaching "Accordion" and "Theory and solfeggio" at the officially recognized Musical Institute "G.B. Pergolesi" in Ancona.

He participated in several national and international Competitions of musical performance (Umbertide, Ascoli Piceno, Foligno, Ancona, S.Germano, Sannicandro Garganico, etc.) as a soloist and in group, in several occasions winning first and second prizes.

Since early 1980s he has carried on concert activity, as accordion soloist and in groups: first in monoinstrumental groups (particularlyas 1st accordionist in the "A.Volpi" Accordion Quartet) and then with other instruments (strings, clarinet, piano).

Active as composer, transcriber and reviser, he wrote various didactic booklets and works for soloist instrument and for several groups, partly published byBerben and Physa; some of his pieces have been chosen as "obligatory pieces" in national competitions.

He writes articles and tests as an occasional contributor for the following magazines: Music and School, Instruments and Music, Bulletin of the AIF (International Association of Accordionists).

Interestes in technological-musical innovations, both in didactic and artistic level, he is active in the field of "Electronic Music" (particularly Midi music), coupling together and integrating - in specific musical contexts - the acoustic timbre of accordion reed and new electronic sounds, in a continuous search and experimentation on various sound manipulations (and "suggestions").

In the last years he has been more and more devoting to a search in the almost forgotten 19th century chamber music repertoire for accordion and similar (free reed) instruments, which has led him to find out pieces by famous and less known authors, to review them and to perform them in concert (mainly in duet with the pianoist Claudia Menghi).

At present he is the president of the National Board of New CDMI Association (Italian Musical Didactic Center).



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