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Monday, July 12, 2021

The Accordion Orchestra - Pietro Deiro


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Pietro Deiro
Presents The Accordion Orchestra
Under The Direction Of Joe Biviano
Coral STEREO CRL 757323

From the back cover: Following in his famous father's footsteps, Pietro Deiro, Jr. had dedicated his life to the accordion, pioneering such significant advances as the Accordion Orchestra. A composer and arranger whose counsel is sought by accordionists from coast to coast, he is credited with much of the progress the accordion has made toward attaining full recognition as a significant concert instrument.

World renowned teacher, composer, arranger accordion soloist Joe Biviano was the first accordionist to appear with the Philharmonic Orchestra and the Metropolitan opera company. A distinguished concert artist, soloist and conductor for the N.B.C. and A.B.C. networks, he is a past President and current Vice President of the American Accordionists' Association.

The remainder of the unique orchestra represents a concentration of some of the most outstanding accordion talents in the country. They are: Tony Mecca, who has worked under such famous conductors as Leonard Bernstein. Alfredo Antonini and Raymond Scott; Joseph and Catherine Manzi, distinguished solo and duet concert accordionists; Eugene Ettore, well-known instrumentalist and conductor of the Sano Accordion Symphony; John Serry, who has worked under such eminent conductors as Alfredo Antonini, Mitch Miller, and Shep Fields; Orlando Di Girolamo, President of the Accordion Symphony Society; Alfonzo Veltri, Director of the National Conservatory of Music; John Blowers, famous jazz drummer and percussionist for the ensemble; Ruby Jamis, former first bass for the Columbia and Detroit Symphonies; Angelo Di Pippo, one of the foremost jazz accordionist in America; Val Dennis, music teacher and veteran of several Broadway musicals; Tony Ettore, governing member of the American Accordionist's Association; Joseph Fezza, Music Director of The Cliffside Park branch of the National Conservatory of Music; Peter Giradi, composer and noted soloist; and Robert Skilling, who, with his brother Chauncy has written and produced two musical comedies.

Billboard - June 27, 1960: A package of popular orchestral pieces arranged for an ensemble made up of modified accordions. Made overseas, the instruments produce sound resembling those of flute, oboe, etc. Material includes "Danse Chinoise," "Valse Des Fleurs," "Danse Des Bouffons." A novelty of high musicality.

Danse Des Souffons
Beguine Di Roma
Invitation To The Dance
La Cumparsita
La Chasse
Danse Chinoise
Three Blind Mice
Danse Des Mirlitons
Valse Des Fleurs
The Flight Of The Bumble Bee
The Rooster
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