The Art of Arranging Classical Music for Accordion
The high-quality content corresponds to the outward appearance of the book: typographically lavish with finest Italian paper, thread-stitching, laminated softcover with double flap and exclusive design ‚Äì worthwhile, treasured. For pupils, students, teachers, stage musicians, composers and performers, amateur players and professional musicians. German-Russian accordion virtuoso and teacher Prof. Friedrich Lips from Moscow is one of the world’s most important artists in his field. As concert accordionist, he has performed with renowned artists representing different genres on stages of the world. As professor, he has taught at the prestigious Gnessin Music Academy in Moscow or decades, producing generations of master students. His musical work also includes a number of important publications that enjoy international prestige, as well as a variety of highly esteemed compositions, which he has created as arranger of classical music works. With his new book, he has turned to a subject that is not only highly actual and of extraordinary importance for accordion playing, but has not yet been dealt with extensively. Arranging pieces of music is a practice and theme of such great diversity it is hardly manageable. Moreover, it is a true art, which is widely underestimated – by artists and audiences alike. In principle, an arrangement or transcription always requires a predefined original. The creative power that must be expended in order to generate an artistically appropriate and successful work from the original often is not inferior to that of the initial composing process. Nevertheless, no curriculum covering the subject is offered at music schools and higher education institutions. From his practical experience, Friedrich Lips dedicates himself to the subject in detail in 7 chapters and with 150 notation examples. With explanations that are easy to understand, he familiarizes pupils and students, amateurs and professionals with the art of arranging many types of musical works. Although he concentrates on arranging and transcribing classical music compositions, the basic knowledge is also valid for all other musical styles.
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