5 pieces for 2 accordions

Composition Date: 2011
Duration: 00:17:00
Genre: Keyboard, Accordion, Two Keyboards, Four or More Hands


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Accordion
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Programme Note:
Pentagrams unfolds in 5 separate movements titled 1) SQUEEZEBOXTRAIN, 2) Doves, 3) SUPERTERTIAN STACKGROOVE, 4)evolution drone, and 5) Jeux.
If there was a quintessential organizing principle for the musical language of the work, it would be the number 5. Like many of my works, Pentagrams draws inspiration from some of the fascinating cultural aspects of numbers. Interestingly, the Pythagorean view of the universe was based on the belief that numbers were the key to nature. In modern times, they still enjoy a good deal of cultural and superstitious cache. For example, the pentagram (a five-pointed star that is formed by drawing a continuous line in five straight segments, often used as a mystic and magical symbol) is seen on the wings of the USAF, and is of course the shape of all things “star” (“5 star general”, “reach for the stars”). Each of the five movements in this work explores a specific musical inspiration drawn from the number 5. However, this is all technical speak. At the heart of this piece is the wonderful musicians it was written for – Ina Henning, and her teacher and mentor Joseph Macerollo. The mentor – prodigy relationship is a primary driver of the types of ensemble writing explored in the work: lead/follow, teach/learn, call/respond, and so on.

Pentagrams was written for and dedicated to accordionists Ina Henning and Joseph Macerollo. It was commissioned by New Music Concerts with funding from the Ontario Arts Council.

Premiere Information:
01/25/2011 Glen Gould studio Toronto New Music Concerts. Joe Macerollo, Ina Henning


  • Call Number:
  • MI 2630 S784pe
  • Genre:
  • Keyboard, Accordion, Two Keyboards, Four or More Hands
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 18, 2012
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (33 p.) ;
    33 Pages
    Height: 32 cm
    Width: 24 cm
  • Additional Information:

  • 1. Squeezeboxtrain
    2. Doves
    3. Supertertian stack groove
    4. Evolution Drone
    5. Jeux
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