Premiere of Krzysztof Meyer’s “Quasi una Sonata” at Warsaw Phil

Krzysztof Meyer

Krzysztof Meyer’s Quasi una Sonata for guitar and accordion was premiered on 28 May at the Warsaw Philharmonic. The Institute of Music and Dance commissioned the work as part of the “Composing Commissions” program.

Beginning only in the 1820s, the accordion’s history is not as long as those of other instruments. In 1821, Christian Friedrich Ludwig Buschmann built the prototype which Austrian Cyril Demian later developed and patented as the accordion. Its secret is concealed inside. In terms of sound production, the accordion is a wind instrument. One could attempt to describe the accordion as an enclosed wind ensemble that can be operated by a single musician. It ranges from delicate melodic lines to sharp brutal tones capable of collaborating with or opposing other instruments.

At the concert, the accordion was combined with various stringed instruments: the violin, guitar and piano. Each differs in the technique of sound production—bowing the strings (violin), striking them with hammers (piano), and plucking (guitar)—allowing for inexhaustible potential sound combinations and textural diversity. The works in the program, from Molique’s Sonata of 1857 to the premiere of Krzysztof Meyer’s Quasi una Sonata for guitar and accordion, covered a period of more than 150 years.

28 May 2019 | 7:00 p.m.
Premiere of Krzysztof Meyer’s “Quasi una Sonata”
Warsaw Philharmonic
Jasna 5, 00-950 Warszawa, Polska
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