For Teachers

Reedwax Music is proud to present a wide range of original compositions for accordion.

The repertoire for the modern accordionist has long suffered from a lack of new pieces of different grades, styles and playing abilities. Reedwax Music publishes over 80 original compositions that not only help to advance the musical and technical ability of students, but are also melodic and interesting to play. They will help you, as teachers, to guide your students towards becoming musicians and not just accordion players or technical virtuosos.

The compositions range from Grade 1 to Grade 9. They bring back some semblance of melody – missing from much of the contemporary repertoire, so that the performers of the future can play music that non-accordionists can also enjoy listening to.

While some of the advanced compositions are technically demanding, others are designed to teach and expand a player’s abilities, interpretation, feeling, and musicianship. Still others are entertaining and display the uniqueness of the accordion as a musical instrument. Simply  Click on Accordion Sheet Music for information about each composition, and to purchase.

 

New in 2020

Hot Patch (SB – Grade 6) 

Written in F major, this joyful vamp-like composition has an 8-bar introduction – with syncopated treble chords with semi-sustained bass notes – followed by an eight-bar theme in the treble that is repeated but modified and extended, with much detailed phrasing and accenting. This is then repeated, and at the end of the section, a jazzy treble chord spread announces the next section – a syncopated, Gypsy-like hummable 16-bar melody in D minor (reminiscent of Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli and the Quintette du Hot Club de France). This swings along nicely before ending in a key change via a C7 treble chord. The main theme is then repeated before the composition ends with a one-octave treble glissando, with a few hidden surprises along the way.

 

A Minor Moment (SB – Grade 5)

Written in 3/4 time in E minor, an eight-bar staccato-style treble chord introduction leads into a flowing melody. After the first 13 bars it then morphs into A minor, then a jazzy two-bar treble chordal motif follows, with some loose syncopation-like feeling in the treble, combined with swing jazz basses (the rhythm section) which cross the middle beat of the bar. Then comes a song-like section in E major, including the use of some tricky treble triplets, and accented notes and jazz-like phrasing. A third section involves a syncopated melody-like motif in the treble combines with triplets, before a reinstatement of the first section, in E minor. This morphs into the return of the jazz-like section, which leads into the finish. This includes some tricky triplets and ends with a bang.

Down the Road (SB – Grade 4)

Written in 4/4 time, in F major, the piece starts with a four-bar introduction with thirds in the treble, followed by a catchy treble melody, supported by basses and chords. This morphs into a second section which takes the treble melody briefly into a minor mode and back again, but then a second, busy eight-bar melody appears, before returning to the original happy-go-lucky tune and a slightly extended ending. Phrasing, accenting, dynamics, dotted and staccato notes are all part of the composition (some change throughout the piece), which invites interpretation input from the player.

 

New in 2019

A Sharp Interlude (SB – Grade 6): Written in the key of B major, this snappy piece is all about sustainability in the basses, while the treble frolics mostly along the black notes of the keyboard. The fast-pace of a chase suddenly dissolves suddenly into a simple, almost poignant harmonic progression between treble and bass keyboards, at a much-reduced pace, inviting the utmost feeling, emotional expression, and control (in contrast to the aforementioned fast paced motif and main section)…….

Apricot One + Apricot Two (SB – Grade 1): Written in 3/4, using the first five notes of the scale, Apricot One is for beginners. So is Apricot Two, written in 4.4, has a march-like melody, ends in a two-note chord.

Backstage Waltz (SB – Grade 3): This waltz, written in Eb major, starts with a four-bar introduction. This is followed by the next eight bars which take the treble melody through a tuneful dance, with phrasing, slight tempo changes, and dynamic variations…….

Bellissima Waltz (SB – Grade 3): This tuneful little piece is written in three sections, all in G major. The second section has a different melody and feel while the third section repeats the melody of the first section, but introduces the player to a harmony under the melody, leading to the end.

Clown in a Pickle (SB – Grade 5): This is piece is written in 4/4, in A minor. The four-bar introduction is slow and somewhat classical in nature (it’s the clown in his artful planning mode), but it jumps to a much faster pace in a second, eight-bar introduction that includes some four-note treble chords and syncopation. The ensuing 16-bar treble melody presents the clown performing his act…….

Conundrum (SB – Grade 6): This composition, in A minor, starts with a bold concert-like announcement as its introduction, but after four bars changes to an emotional motif for several bars. Suddenly a speedy, turbulent allegro con brio section takes over, with an abundance of off-beat accenting in both treble and basses, and dynamic markings. This is followed by a section that suddenly stumbles into an almost dream-like state of emotions and feelings, played rubato, followed by a treble cadenza, and a lead-up to a major key…….

Dunroamin’ (SB -Grade 5): Written in ABA format, the piece starts with two bass notes forming its 12/8 rhythm basis in the first section. It is reminiscent of a Scottish lament, while the treble hosts a melody with an underlying harmony. In the second section the time signature changed to 3/4 and is of a bright, cheerful waltz, but at the same tempo as the first section…….

Horseplay (SB – Grade 3): Written in G major, this piece has an 8-bar introduction, followed by a tuneful, hummable main theme and melody, with a couple of twists that may introduce the performer to accents and phrasing. The middle section in F major, demands triplets in the treble, following by a key change back to G major, and a repeat of most of the first section…….

Pulsations (SB – Grade 6): This driving piece captures the big city lifestyle, with a calmness suddenly inserted in the second section, before returning to the rush of the big city. It is written in 4/4, 12/8. and 6/4…….

Three Into Four (SB – Grade 5): This composition combines multiple styles, time signature changes, articulation and phrasing. The introduction is in 3/4, in G major, with sustained bass notes. This is followed by a bouncy eight-bar section, also in 4/4 in G major. This is repeated, but there are subtle differences in the treble…….

 

NOTE

To help you find the right compositions, they are presented in grade order.

SB = Standard Basses

FB = Free Basses

SB + FB = For both Standard Bass and Free Bass instruments

 

SOLOS: GRADE 1

Apple Core (SB);  Blueberry One (SB);  Blueberry Two (SB);  Crab Cakes (SB);  Crackpot (SB + FB);  Dandy Waltz (SB + FB);  Early Morning Rising (SB + FB); Musical Routes (album of 4 solos: SB);  My First Week (album of 7 solos: SB);  Squash (SB)

 

SOLOS: GRADE 2

A Cool Thing (SB);  Abbadabba (SB);  An Early Sunrise (SB);  Bells & Whistles (SB);  Blog 27 (SB);  Clouds Passing (FB); Doubly Bubbly (SB + FB); Three Down Up (SB + FB)

 

SOLOS: GRADE 2/3

Forest Waltz (SB); Mosaic Waltz (SB)

 

SOLOS: GRADE 3

A Summer Breeze (SB);  Backstage Waltz (SB); Bellissima Waltz (SB): Chocolation (SB);  Dandy (SB + FB);  Countryside March (SB); Early Morning Rising (SB + FB);  Expanse (SB);  Hocus Pocus (SB);  Horseplay (SB); Lamentosa (SB + FB);  Mosaic Waltz (SB); The Happy Gnome (SB);  The Naughty Monkey (SB)

  

SOLOS: GRADE 4

A Dawn Beginning (FB);  Asdfghjkl (SB);  Clairette (SB);  Clown in a Pickle (SB); Dijon (SB);  Emergency Tango (SB); Exaggeration Waltz (SB);  Hymn for Her (SB);  Jabbermouth (SB);  Khalif of Kotor(SB);  Nuance (SB);  The Happy Whistler (SB);  The Swiss Efficiency Polka (SB)

 

SOLOS: GRADE 5

ACC 515 (SB);  Ali Baba’s Barber (SB);  Aria No. 1 (SB);  Bootstrap Tango (SB);  Castleton Reel (SB);  Charlie’s Revenge (SB);  Chasing Rabbits (SB); Dunroamin’ (SB); Emancipation (SB); Escapade (SB);  Magganajjer (SB);  Moonshadow (SB);  Morris Minor (SB);  Scotch Grass (SB);  Serenity (SB);  Seven Over Eight (SB); Three Into Four (SB); Upside Down Polka (SB)

 

SOLOS: GRADE 6

Abacus (SB);  About Time (SB);  Baguette (SB);  Changes (SB);  Coming Home (SB);  Cycophantic Impressions (SB);  Hot Patch (SB); Into the Spice Market (SB);  Mystique (SB);  Pulsations (SB); Sunny Days (SB);  Tampopo (SB);  Tributaries (SB)

 

SOLOS: GRADE 7

Cambadacha (SB);  Conundrum (SB); Desperado (SB);  Resolution (SB);  Rhapsidium for a Rainy Day (SB);  Subterfuge (SB)

 

SOLOS: GRADE 8

Boutique Overture (SB)

  

SOLOS: GRADE 9

Precipice (FB). This was specially composed following a short time Douglas Ward spent in Papua New Guinea after the eruption of Mount Tavurvur near Rabaul and the life of a little boy named Qalaalo (pronounced Kalarlo) meaning ‘near the cliff’ in his language. The story ends in a cliffhanger!

 

DUETS

Bananas for Two (SB; grade 3); Topas (SB; grade 3);  Two Boots (SB; grade 4)

 

ENSEMBLES

Boutique Overture (grade 7); Subterfuge two (grade 7)

 

Simply click here Accordion Sheet Music to order and download. I do hope you enjoy playing the compositions you choose. Thank you very much.