“The study of how the early music repertoire was played has achieved a great victory, by sharing its history and language. It now has to win over the preconception of the instrument. I can envisage a great coalition coming about in the future, guided both by a knowledge of the score and the musician’s knowledge, where Bach can be played equally well on the harpsichord or the accordion.”
violin player and conductor
Early music, in particular the organ and harpsichord repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries, is often played on the accordion and constitutes an important part of the training of young musicians. The special nature of Giorgio Dellarole’s work regards his almost exclusive commitment to the study and interpretation of the early music repertoire. This commitment is based on a rigorous training programme, including an analysis of the various treatises and an in-depth study of the rules of “basso continuo” harmony. It has resulted in numerous collaborations with some of the best musicians and singers who specialise in interpreting the baroque and classical repertoire.
The accordion, an instrument which can “breathe” and exact a powerful influence on a performance, interacts equally well with both the voice and with other “dynamic” instruments, rewarding the listener with a new, original way of listening to early music.
This particular way of using the accordion is currently unique. Fixing the “A” at 415 hz and tuning it to the Vallotti system, further contributes to dropping the pitch of this 20th century instrument. This helps to give it the authentic sound of the original instruments in popular use at the time, reinterpreting the early music repertoire according to the rules dictated by the latest philological research.