Category Archives: Tunes

Season’s greetings and tunes

Season’s greetings from the committee of the International Concertina Association.

christmas tree
That you may enjoy the music with this special instrument “the Concertina”  For an example listen to the music played by Randy Stein: https://soundcloud.com/randy-stein-1/chestnuts-roasting-on-an-open-fire

And some music that you may like to try together with your friends. Arranged for three part playing by Michel van der Meiren.

 A Child This Day is Born

Download a-child-this-day.pdf

  Angels from the Realms of Glory

Download angels-from-the-realms.pdf

Tune: A Romance for Aeola, Concertina or Violin

The ICA Library is a unique collection of music specially written or arranged for the concertina. Most of the published music dates from the mid to late 19th Century and provides an interesting history of the style of playing from that era and the group of musicians who were the first to promote and popularise the instrument. When a piece of music, “A Romance for Aeola, Concertina or Violin” by Clementine Ward came up for sale recently I was intrigued to learn more about the composer.

Download Ward-Romance.mp3

Played and recorded by Chris van de Kuilen, piano and Pauline de Snoo, Concertina, 15-09-2014

The library already held two pieces of music by a John C. Ward, arrangements of Chopin’s Nocturne in E flat and a Medley Overture of English tunes, and I wondered if there was any connection with Clementine. A brief search on the internet revealed there was – Clementine was the daughter of John Charles.

The music is published in Concertina World 459, September 2014

http://www.concertina-academy.com/en/mp3.php

Tunes for Christmas

We published some Christmas Carols from the I.C.A. library in 2009.

And this year, I’ve added some tunes from an 18th century manuscript from Antwerp, transcribed for Treble and Baritone. They should fit the Christmas mood very well, provided you do play them at a solemn pace. In absence of a treble concertina, pick any other melody instrument for the 1st voice. The tunes also sound well just playing the 1st voice alone.

 

Download the sheet music

Tune: In Flanders Fields

To my great surprise, a few weeks ago I got an e-mail from the composer Barry Taylor, who lives in British Columbia, Canada. He informed me that he has a new choral arrangement for the tune and he is happy to share this melody and arrangement with us, and so I transformed it to be read and played by a concertina band as a slow air.

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