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A Classical Christmas

Henry plays converter/free-bass accordion and piano with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

“The most interesting instrumental collection of Christmas music this year. This one should surprise and delight musical sophisticates.”—THE WASHINGTON POST



Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

Henry plays converter/free-bass accordion with the Duquesne University Chamber Players. Tracks include the complete Rhapsody plus ten popular Gershwin songs.

“A program of Gershwin standards as you’ve never heard them before. . . unique and exhilarating.”—WIRELESS AUDIO COLLECTION

Vaudeville Accordion Classics

Henry plays the complete accordion works of Guido Deiro in this double CD by Bridge Records. Includes solos and duets.

“It takes only a few tracks—impeccably performed by Henry Doktorski—to show the visceral appeal to audiences of its day.”—GRAMOPHONE

Classical Accordion Recital

Henry plays transcriptions by Handel, Bach, Schumann, Brahms, Gershwin, Bartók, Piazzolla, etc., and original works by Hovhaness and others, on the converter/free-bass accordion.

“This is a fascinating CD. I was struck by the beautiful sound of this under-appreciated instrument and how the melodies of these pieces were able to breath and unfold so profoundly.”—PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE

Celebrated Polkas by Pietro Deiro

Henry plays 21 polkas by Pietro Deiro—the “Daddy of the Accordion.”

“Doktorski plays with outstanding precision and polish, depth of sound, and a theatrical flair that remain without peer in the accordion field. The recordings approximate perfection, with an excellent balance of deep bass and bright treble that is difficult to achieve when recording the accordion.”—JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY FOR AMERICAN MUSIC

Ave Maria: Hymns to Mary

Henry plays interesting and gorgeous arrangements of Marian hymns for solo converter/free-bass accordion, accordion quartet, and accordion septet.

Ave Maria: Hymns to Mary includes beautiful and artistic arrangements of 25 beloved Marian hymns from the 11th through the 20th centuries, including five different settings of Ave Maria. We believe this 72-minute CD will truly be a treasure for lovers of classical and sacred music and devotees of our Blessed Mother.”—POLISH JOURNEY

Charles Magnante Quartet: 5-CD Set

Wow! 113 never-before-released recordings of the great American accordionist Charles Magnante (1905-1986) playing with his quartet. 221 minutes of historic music. These are very rare recordings; they were not released commercially for the general record-buying public, but were instead sent to radio stations for airplay. These priceless recordings were acquired over many decades of persistent and patience searching by an avid accordion aficionado and a great fan of Magnante.

The Artistry of Pietro Deiro: 6 CD Set

Original recordings by the “Daddy of the Accordion,” Pietro Deiro (1888-1954), digitally re-mastered from 78 RPM records to compact disc. 12-page CD booklet notes. 6 hours, 25 minutes of historic music.





The Complete Recorded Works of Guido Deiro, Vol. 1

Original recordings by the “First Star of the Piano Accordion,” Guido Deiro (1886-1950), digitally re-mastered from 78 RPM records to compact disc. Includes a beautiful 24-page printed color CD booklet with historic photographs, copious biographical information and analytical song notes written by noted Deiro scholar Henry Doktorski.

The Complete Recorded Works of Guido Deiro, Vol. 2

Original recordings by the “First Star of the Piano Accordion,” Guido Deiro (1886-1950), digitally re-mastered from 78 RPM records to compact disc. Includes a beautiful 24-page printed color CD booklet with historic photographs, copious biographical information and analytical song notes written by noted Deiro scholar Henry Doktorski, and two essays—one about Guido and his wife Mae West, and another about Guido and his brother Pietro—by Guido’s son, Count Guido Roberto Deiro.

The Complete Recorded Works of Guido Deiro, Vol. 3

Original recordings by the “First Star of the Piano Accordion,” Guido Deiro (1886-1950), digitally re-mastered from 78 RPM records to compact disc. Includes a beautiful 24-page printed color CD booklet with historic photographs, copious biographical information and analytical song notes written by noted Deiro scholar Henry Doktorski, and two essays by Guido’s son, Count Guido Roberto Deiro.

The Complete Recorded Works of Guido Deiro, Vol. 4

Original recordings by the “First Star of the Piano Accordion,” Guido Deiro (1886-1950), digitally re-mastered from 78 RPM records to compact disc. Includes a beautiful 24-page printed color CD booklet with historic photographs, copious biographical information and analytical song notes written by noted Deiro scholar Henry Doktorski, and two essays by Guido’s son, Count Guido Roberto Deiro.


Pietro Frosini: Vintage Performances, Vol. 1

Original recordings by the “Wizard of the Accordion,” Pietro Frosini (1885-1951), digitally re-mastered from 78 RPM records to compact disc.









Books

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The Complete Works of Guido Deiro

Henry’s monumental 192-page book, published by Mel Bay, is a beautiful, handsome, scholarly, urtext edition, with beautifully engraved printed music (45 pieces, including marches, waltzes, polkas, foxtrots, mazurkas, tangos, etc.) edited exactly as Guido Deiro played in his records. Includes 54 historic photographs, and an 11-page biography of Guido Deiro.

21 Celebrated Polkas by Pietro Deiro

Pietro Deiro (1888-1954) was one of the greatest and most influential accordionists of the first half of the twentieth century. He wrote 21 polkas, which were recorded by Henry on his compact disc Celebrated Polkas by Pietro Deiro. Now you too can study and play Pietro’s 21 polka masterpieces.

The Brothers Deiro and Their Accordions

This fifty-page book by Henry describes in detail the fascinating lives and enduring musical accomplishments of the brothers Pietro and Guido Deiro. This important landmark work has been lauded as the first definitive and authoritative biography of the two greatest piano-accordionists of the early twentieth-century.

The Classical Squeezebox: A Short History of the Accordion in Classical Music

This 44-page article reprint, written by Henry and published by the British academic journal Musical Performance, traces the birth of the accordion and its subsequent historical development as a concert instrument. Major nineteenth- and twentieth-century composers for the accordion are mentioned and several works are discussed in detail, showing both the serious and more humorous uses of the instrument.

Elias Howe, Jr. (1820-1895): The Complete Preceptor for the Accordeon

This reprint of the original 1843 book by Elias Howe, Jr., (with a new introduction by Henry) contains accordion arrangements of 86 songs which were popular in mid-19th-century America. It is a fascinating relic of an earlier era, and was published only 14 years after the accordion was first patented.

Jazz Theory and Improvisation Studies for Accordion

This book teaches how to become a competent jazz accordionist and actually create beautiful and fascinating chord progressions to accompany a melody. The author, Ralph Stricker, takes you through the basics, beginning with scales, modes, chord structure, altered chords, inversions, with an emphasis in the beginning on developing left-hand technique through exercises.

Piano Accordion: Owner’s Manual and Buyer’s Guide

This book by George Bachich clearly explains how accordions work, what goes wrong, problems to watch out for when buying an accordion, how to quickly identify reed configurations, tone chambers and mute chambers, how to diagnose and locate air leaks, how to safely open and inspect your accordion, and how to recognize when reed valves need to be changed. It explains how to identify and evaluate musette tuning, reed quality, handmade reeds, and how to decide which accordion is right for you. Points made in this 164-page soft cover book are amply illustrated with over 40 color photographs.



Books with CDs

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The Charles Magnante Story: The Autobiography of America’s Great Accordionist

This 162-page book, edited and compiled by Helmi Strahl Harrington, Ph.D., details the life and music of the great American accordionist and recording artist, Charles Magnante (1905-1986). Compact disc with 21 Magnante tracks included.




The Giulietti Sound: In Search of the History of My Accordion

This beautiful 95-page hardcover book by Sander Neijnens (with 33 full-page photographic plates), contains interviews with the people who built the renowned Giulietti accordions in Castelfidardo, Italy, as well as with people who play Giulietti accordions, and people who knew the company’s founder: Julio Giulietti (1910-1996). The book also contains a CD with twelve pieces played on Giulietti accordions, from 1965 to 2005.

How To Play Diatonic Button Accordion Method Book & CD, Vol. 1

This 48-page method book was written for Henry’s button-accordion classes at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and has been acclaimed as the most direct and easy-to-follow button-box method. Includes button charts and diagrams, photographs, and a 39-track CD which demonstrates the musical examples in the book.

How To Play Diatonic Button Accordion Method Book & CD, Vol. 2

This 48-page method book was written for Henry’s button-accordion classes at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and has been acclaimed as the most direct and easy-to-follow button-box method. Includes button charts and diagrams, photographs, and a CD which demonstrates the musical examples in the book.

How To Play Diatonic Button Accordion Method Book & CD, Vol. 3

This 48-page method book was written for Henry’s button-accordion classes at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and has been acclaimed as the most direct and easy-to-follow button-box method. Includes button charts and diagrams, photographs, and a CD which demonstrates the musical examples in the book.

Italian Favorites for Accordion
Music Book & CD

This 61-page music collection features Italian marches, tarantellas and love songs, arranged by the late “Westfield Massachusetts Legend” Helene Criscio and performed by Henry Doktorski. Includes 22 songs from Italian folk and operatic repertoire, plus a biography of Helene Criscio.

Latin Favorites for Accordion
Music Book & CD

This 48-page music collection arranged by Gary Dahl and recorded by Henry Doktorski features popular tangos, rumbas, cha-chas, etc., including Besame Mucho, El Cumbanchero, Perfidia, Tico-Tico, and nine other Latin favorites.




Divine Hymns for Accordion
Music Book & CD

This 32-page music collection arranged by Helene Criscio and recorded by Henry Doktorski features 19 popular hymns, including Abide With Me, Amazing Grace, Holy God We Praise Thy Name, Faith of our Fathers, Just a Closer Walk With Thee, Rock of Ages, and 13 other beloved hymns.


Ragtime Favorites for Accordion
Music Book & CD

This 45-page music collection arranged by Helene Criscio and recorded by Henry Doktorski features 11 popular rags, including Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer, Maple Leaf Rag, and others.






Christmas Favorites for Accordion
Music Book & CD

This 64-page music collection arranged by Jay Latulippe and recorded by Henry Doktorski features 30 popular Christmas songs, including unforgettable Johnny Marks tunes from the animated television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.






Henry’s Original Music and Arrangements

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Schubert’s Ave Maria for solo accordion

“Ellens dritter Gesang” (Op. 52, No. 6), was composed by Franz Schubert in 1825 as part of his setting of seven songs from Walter Scott’s epic poem, The Lady of the Lake. It has become one of Schubert’s most popular works, under the title of “Ave Maria.”

In 2007, Henry transcribed Schubert’s beloved classic for stradella-bass accordion, as heard on his CD, Ave Maria: Hymns to Mary.


Suite on Four Polish Carols
for free-bass accordion and strings

Henry’s four-movement suite evokes images of romantic nineteenth-century Warsaw: cobblestone streets, horses and wagons, candlelight, and siedem potraw—the traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner—as well as the simple joys of family Christmases in rural homes.

Serenade for two wind instruments and harp (or piano)

Beautiful and harmonically-pleasing, this is the same Serenade recorded in Henry’s CD, A Classical Christmas, and also recorded on Boston Records by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra members Gretchen Van Hoesen (flute) and James Gorton (oboe). Henry’s Serenade was also performed in concert with harpist Gretchen Van Hoesen, oboist James Gorton, and flutist Robert Langevin (principal flutist with the New York Philharmonica Orchestra).

Fughetta on “Happy Birthday”

Henry composed his Fughetta in 2003 for the festive occasion of Maestro Anthony Galla-Rini’s 99th birthday. Henry met the world-renowned accordionist, teacher, composer and author in 1990 in Kansas City, and again in 1996 in San Diego, when Anthony and his wife, Dolly, came to hear Henry perform a recital for the San Diego Accordion Club. Henry’s lively piece presents a delightful contrapuntal exposition, development, and recapitulation of the famous “Happy Birthday” theme composed by Patty and Mildred J. Hill in 1893.

3-Part Canon on Stabat Mater for accordion quartet

This is the famous 13th-century hymn to the Blessed Mother: Stabat Mater Doloroso, commonly known as “At the cross her station keeping.” Henry arranged the tune as a 3-part canon for three accordions, plus a continuo accordion (bass accordion optional), and recorded it for his CD Ave Maria: Hymns to Mary. It was also performed in concert by the Bell’Art Ensemble.

Theme and Variation on Richard Rodgers’ Edelweiss for solo accordion

Edelweiss—one of Richard Rodgers’ most loved tunes—was written in 1959 for the Broadway Musical The Sound of Music, which was later made into a movie starring Julie Andrews in 1965. Henry wrote a theme and variation on this beautiful tune which displays the sensitivity and virtuosity of the concert accordion. He has performed this piece dozens of times for enthusiastic audiences at his concerts in Chicago, Orlando, Fairbanks, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, San Diego, etc. A recording of this piece from a live concert appears on his Classical Accordion Recital CD.

Bach’s Polka for accordion quartet

Did J. S. Bach write the world’s first polka? This enchanting and lively dance from Cantata No. 78 was originally scored for two singers (a boy soprano and alto), and two stringed instruments (a violoncello and violone—the ancestors of the modern-day cello and bass fiddle). Henry has proved that this Baroque composition works just as wonderfully when played by four accordions.

Rondo Polka for solo accordion

Many polkas bear the resemblance to either of the long traditions of Slavic, Italian, French, or German polka forms that preceded them. However, this particular polka composed by Henry really seems to have its roots in the Classical music tradition, and sounds very much like something Haydn or Mozart might have created in fun. It’s quite an elegant little piece with a new twist on the polka form. An exciting piece which never fails to draw smiles and applause from audiences.

Romance for accordion left-hand chord buttons

The left-hand Stradella manual of the accordion is usually relegated only to playing the bass and chord accompaniments for the right-hand melody. Yet Henry has written and recorded what we believe is THE WORLD’S FIRST COMPOSITION written only for the accordion left-hand chord buttons: sophisticated and inspiring music which will appeal to the most discriminating classical music connoisseurs.

DVDs

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Behind the Bellows

Steve Mobia’s comprehensive 60-minute documentary film chronicles the accordion’s variety, history and it’s effect on popular culture. Includes interviews with accordion legends such as Anthony Gall-Rini, Guy Klucevsek, Dick Contino (and Henry Doktorski), and ventures through concertinas, button boxes as well as a presentation of MIDI accordions. Includes historic clips of Guido Deiro, Art Van Damme, Lawrence Welk and Frankie Yankovic. Discover why Lady of Spain is associated with the accordion, and listen to where the accordion might be headed in the future.

Guido Deiro Vitaphone Sound Film

In this digitally-restored 1928 film (one of the first sound films to showcase a virtuoso musician), Guido Deiro performs the overture from Bellini’s opera I Capuleti ei Montecchi, and the Serenade from Les Millions D’Arlequin by Riccardo Drigo. This rare film displays the great artistry, virtuosity, musicianship, and stage presence of the first great star of the piano-accordion at the age of 42, at the height of his fame.

Charles Magnante and His Quartet: “Soundies”

“Soundies” were an early version of the music video: three-minute musical films which were displayed on the Panoram, a coin-operated film jukebox, in nightclubs, bars, restaurants, factory lounges, and amusement centers. In this DVD, Charles Magnante and his quartet perform five numbers: Waltz a la Accordion, Tantalizin,’ Andalucia, Sweet Sue Just You, and Dance of the Spanish Onion.