French composer Franck
Angelis is recognized as one of the outstanding accordion composers
of modern accordion literature today.
His compositions are heard in the repertoire of many contestants at
all the National French competitions such as those of the UNAF (Union
Nationale des Accordéonistes Français), APH (Association
des Professeurs Hohner) and the ACF (Accordéon Club de France)
as well as in the programs of contestants competing in the International
competitions such as Klingenthal in Germany, Castelfidardo, Italy, the
Trophee Mondiale and the Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes
(CIA) Coupe Mondiale.
To pay tribute to this young French composer, the CIA selected one of
his newest compositions "Impasse" as the Test Piece for the
2004 Coupe Mondiale being held in Pontarlier, France.
Franck's reputation as a composer of modern accordion literature was
launched when one of his compositions 'Boite a Rhthme' was performed
by Domi Emorine when she competed and won the Klingenthal International
Competition in Germany. Composed specifically for Domi, 'Boite a Rhthme'
is a very modern and technical work with underlying jazz rhythms throughout.
With Russian compositions dominating the accordion scene for many years,
Franck is happy to see compositions from the French school gaining importance
on the international competition and concert scene. Franck has considerable
respect for the Russian school, including compositions by his favorite
composers Zolotariew and Gubaidulina, who along with the other well
known composers have helped elevate the level of accordion literature
and now he is trying to do his part to make a positive impact on the
In his compositions, Franck has tried to establish his own modern style.
He likes to use a new and original style, and through the recordings
of all his works, hopes to capture the proof that there exists a respected
repertoire of French accordion literature.
Franck himself was the winner of several competitions including the
Grand Prix in 1979 and theTrophee Mondiale in 1981. In addition to performing
and composing, Franck is also a recognized teacher at the Centre National
et International de Musique et d'Accordeon (CNIMA).
Some works written by Franck Angelis:
- Boite a Rythme
- Le Petit Chinois
- Suite I.
BB(Brel-Bach) II. Solioque III. Asia-Flashes
- Valse du Clown
- D'apres Laurette
- La Boubounette