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The digital piano accordion: a modern instrument for traditional and contemporary performance contexts

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Voltz, BD (2013) The digital piano accordion: a modern instrument for traditional and contemporary performance contexts. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This research investigates traditional and contemporary performance contexts using a
modern, digital piano accordion. It has been conducted through a series of performances that
highlight idiomatic playing styles, the adaptation of playing techniques for digital
instruments, those circumstances where the use of a digital instrument is most convincing,
and my own skills as an accordionist. Recordings of these performances are included with the
accompanying exegesis, which examines repertoire, playing styles and techniques
traditionally associated with the stradella accordion. In addition, the exegesis addresses
questions concerning the degree to which the digital instrument serves as a replacement for
an acoustic accordion, the use of non-reeded sounds to enhance performance outcomes and
opportunities, and the identification of performance contexts that validate the use of a digital
instrument.
A variety of potential solo and group performance contexts that explore the use of reeded and
non-reeded or electronic sounds are promoted, leading to discussions of technical and
aesthetic considerations that guide and refine performance practice where a digital instrument
is used. Research findings show that in many respects the digital instrument is a plausible
replacement for its acoustic counterpart, and that performance applications are context driven;
their success dependent on the manner in which they confirm and enhance the
identity of the piano accordion as an instrument in its own right.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: piano accordion, digital, performance, arranging, MIDI controller
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Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2013 23:20
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2017 06:12
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