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    Mozart Accordion Divertimento from John Bonica

    John writes " Didn’t know Mozart played an accordion, but here it is! Recently uncovered on Blakely Island." Blakely is the next island over from Orcas where the bison bones were found. Lots of things are being uncovered in the islands lately.

    Here is John's rendition of Mozart Divertimento #1 done on accordion and GPO.

    http://www.garritan.com/mp3/jb-Mozar...vertimento.wma
    WMA format - if someone can covert to mp3 that would help.

    Nice work John. You accordion playing is superb as usual. Nice to hear Mozart played is such a unique way. Thanks for sending this in.

    Gary Garritan

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    Re: Mozart Accordion Divertimento from John Bonica

    John,

    Great work, great transcription. I can't find any references to Mozart and accordian either But hey, this works well.

    Gary

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    P.S. You might get a laugh out of my recent forum posting of "Mozart On Ice";

    http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/...ad.php?t=46696

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    Re: Mozart Accordion Divertimento from John Bonica

    An .mp3 version is now available here:

    http://www.garritan.com/mp3/jb-Mozar...vertimento.mp3

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    Well of course Mozart played the accordion! All of the
    great Polish composers were masters of the instrument.

    Seriously, John, this is just plain excellent!

    The "transcription" is perfect -- in your able and gifted
    hands, this sounds completely natural and at home
    with itself... and the rendering on this is superb.

    Bravo!

    I've already listened through this three times, and may
    just leave it looping for a while... Delightful! Please do
    more for us, John; we hear far too little from you!

    David
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    Re: Mozart Accordion Divertimento from John Bonica

    Thanks, guys for the nice compliments on the Mozart Divertimento K627. Time to fess up (in case you didn't quite get it). Accordion was not really born until around 1880. Mozart, I hope, would not be too offended by my attempt to write in his style! Gary's excellent samples makes it now possible to express ones self orchestrally. The acoustic accordion is there because that is the only instrument I can play! I had fun pretending what Mozart might have written if he played accordion.
    J Bonica

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    Re: Mozart Accordion Divertimento from John Bonica

    I beg to differ.

    The accordion was quite popular in Mozart's day; even
    though it had not yet been invented. K627 is but one
    instance of many fine pieces intended for the as yet unborn
    instrument. Moreover, even though Mozart had not
    written the transcription, he thought he did, and that's
    what counts. (The same can be said of the score to "The
    Godfather".)

    The beginnings of accordion writing actually date much
    earlier, in fact -- to C.P.A Bach. Not well known in
    present times, this is a cousin of J.S. Bach who eschewed
    music and went into the more profitable field of accounting.

    His genetic heritage was undeniable, however; and in a
    serious economic downturn in Leipzig, he had no choice
    but to take up composition to earn a living. A forward-
    thinking fellow, he naturally chose to write for the then
    yet nascent accordion.

    Although his works remain undiscovered, archeological
    investigations of Blakely Island indicate C.P.A. Bach had a
    summer home there -- so there is hope they will be found.

    May we hope that the talented John Bonica will be
    chosen for the premier when these works are, at last,
    discovered.

    David
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    Popular unlisted Kochel number, K627...
    ya think Mozart could be channeling?



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    Re: Mozart Accordion Divertimento from John Bonica

    Recently bison bones have been discovered on the islands. Could this be the missing link to CPA Mozart?


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    Re: Mozart Accordion Divertimento from John Bonica

    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan

    Recently bison bones have been discovered on the islands.
    Could this be the missing link to CPA Mozart?
    I believe you're referring to C.P.A. Bach (above)?

    Yes, the bison bones would seem a likely clue...
    after all, accordions made by Neanderthal Man
    (Homo neanderthalensis accordionus), recently
    uncovered by archeologists at the Killbrew Lake
    dig, used bison nuggets for the Stradella system
    bass buttons.

    Given C.P.A. Bach's well known penchant for
    cultural anthropology, he was, no doubt, doing
    research for his famous Accordion Symphony #7;
    which is based entirely on primitive grunts and
    yodels believed typical of the Neanderthals.

    David
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    Re: Mozart Accordion Divertimento from John Bonica

    When I clicked on it, it gave me a page full of text of some computer code or something, my computer froze up for a few minutes. Is that something only on my end, anyone else have this happen?

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    Re: Mozart Accordion Divertimento from John Bonica

    Quote Originally Posted by Leaf
    When I clicked on it, it gave me a page full of text of some computer code or something, and when i clicked on the x to close it, my computer froze up for a few minutes. Is that something only on my end, anyone else have this happen?
    I just sent a conversion to MP3 of this along to Gary.
    That should work better for you, once posted.

    As you know, Mozart accordion pieces are quite un-
    common, so you won't want to miss this one!

    David
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    Re: Mozart Accordion Divertimento from John Bonica

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    I just sent a conversion to MP3 of this along to Gary.
    That should work better for you, once posted.

    As you know, Mozart accordion pieces are quite un-
    common, so you won't want to miss this one!

    David
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    Thanks. Yes I don't want to miss it for sure. Is there a GPO accordian yet. I want to make some French music and i think you need an accordian for that.

    David

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