Alexander Mitenev (bandoneon)
December 6'th. 2019
Концерт для бандонеона с оркестром
Сургутская филармония (г. Сургут)
March 6'th. 2020
Танго феерия
Дом культуры "Родина" (г. Южно-Сахалинск)
March 11'th. 2020
Концерт для бандонеона с оркестром
Государственный театр оперы и балета Удмуртской Республики имени П.И. Чайковского (г. Ижевск)
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About bandoneon

The bandoneon is a free-reed instrument particularly popular in Argentina. It plays an essential role in the orquesta tipica, the tango orchestra. The bandoneon, called bandonion by its German inventor, Heinrich Band, was originally intended as an instrument for religious music and the popular music of the day, in contrast to its closest cousin, the German concertina (or Konzertina), considered to be a folk instrument. German emigrants to Argentina brought the instrument with them in the early twentieth century, where it was incorporated into the local music. Like accordions and concertinas, the bandoneon is played by holding the instrument between both hands and either pushing in or pulling out the instrument while simultaneously pressing one or more buttons with the fingers.

Unlike the piano accordion, the bandoneon does not have keyboards per se, but has buttons on both sides; and also unlike most accordions, most buttons on the bandoneon produce a different note when played closing than when played opening. This means that each keyboard has actually two layouts - one for the opening notes, and one for the closing notes. Since the right and left hand keyboards are also different, this adds up to four different keyboard layouts that must be learned in order to play the instrument. There is also a difference between the notes produced on the button layout of an Argentine-tuned bandoneon versus a German-tuned one.

Additionally, none of these keyboard layouts presents a scalar sequence of notes. A few of the adjacent buttons form triads, for example the buttons under three adjacent fingers might sound G, B, and D when the instrument is pushed in, and F#, A, and C when it is pulled out -- an example from an Argentine-tuned bandoneon. This makes it easier to play some simple music with I-V harmony, but quite challenging to play elaborate scalar passages and runs.

8 Jul. 2018
Cadenza (for one very popular piece)
Fragment of the concert from my archive.

6 Jul. 2018
Kazan Chamber Orchestra "La Primavera". Conductor: Rustem Abyazov.

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