Henry Doktorski
Organist Accordionist Composer Conductor Author Educator
Step Tango

May 6, 2006, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Henry Doktorski performed as accordionist with the Pittsburgh Live Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Step--a tango for chamber orchestra--by Jeremy Sment under conductor Jeffrey Turner at Synod Hall 8 p.m.

Bassist and Composer, Jeremy Sment explained, "The word Tango has a broad range of styles and techniques associated with it. Perhaps the most important facet is the rhythm which comes from the bandoneon or accordion, piano, and the bass. Sincere there is no percussion, the dance energy must be derived from the pecussively accented downbeats or syncopations. As the bandoneon player rests the instrument on his knees and stomps his or her foot there is a distinct crescendo snapping to an instant staccato halt as his or her foot hits the floor. This sound is, at least to this composer, the defining sound of tango above all else. The snapping staccato should be felt by the entire rhythm section: accordion, piano and bass/violoncello. The accordion player should try to match the bandoneon sound as much as possible by using single reed tone and striving for the aforementioned percussive accents."

Other works on the program were: Rossini's Overture to L'Italiana in Algeri, Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez featuring guitarist Ana Vidovic, Debussy's Claire de Lune (arr. Caplet), and Prokofiev's Classical Symphony, op. 25.

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