Revolutionary method for Portuguese Concertina (Fr & Pt version)
- Tese PhD summary
The portuguese concertina in the Norwest of Portugal : a sound, a repertory, a tradition
under the supervision of the professor François Picard (Paris-Sorbonne, France)
Since the Revival in the Portuguese Alto-Minho, Portuguese concertina became inescapable in any interpretation of the local culture. Dated from the early 1990s, the Revival period has seen the development of the local culture with the help of the concertina which was able to adapt, evolve and affect the local repertory. The central question of this research is to understand how such an usual instrument like the diatonic accordion was able to compose with a local and singular culture such as the one from Alto Minho. This research study adresses organological question of the careful process which allowed the diatonic accordion to become a Portuguese concertina. It examines and analyses the repertoire performed by the concertina including the questions of playing techniques, aesthetics, genres, the unique characteristics of interpretations, performances in relation to their conditions and places. It appears that all the tuning process, which seems stabilized today, as well as the unique design and all its visual changes through strong symbols of identity are deeply rooted in the instrument’s image. The concertina has become over the years a major cultural asset for the region of Alto-Minho. At start adaptable, now adapted, it increased instrument status from “practical” to “characteristic” today.
Winner of the World Trophy Accordion 2011 (Italy) category accordion senior diatonic
Yohann Lopes becomes the first Portuguese of the history of the World Confederation of Accordion to win first prize in the prestigious World Trophy in the category accordion senior diatonic
Alecrim (arr. Yohann Lopes)