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Love-Lies-Bleeding Joshua Schmidt October 2014

Composition for solo Bayan.

Love-Lies-Bleeding was premiered by Stas Venglevski on October 25, 2014, for the Music From Almost Yesterday series at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall.

Off Balance Dance David Bohn October 2014

Compostion for solo Bayan.

Off Balance Dance was premiered by Stas Venglevski on October 25, 2014, for the Music From Almost Yesterday series at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall.

Oremus Dana McCormick October 2014

Composition for Bayan and Bells.

Oremus was premiered by Stas Venglevski on October 25, 2014, for the Music From Almost Yesterday series at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall.

Bannachie Paul Rudy March 2014

“Bennachie” is about the mountains of Scotland and the Colorado Rockies, and the freedom Paul Rudy feels when toiling up mountains and at high elevations. The vistas on top of a summit are always similar: wide open 360 degree views that both remind how big the world is, and at the same time, how small (and isolated in short time spans) we are humans. There are significant differences in vegetation and the individuality of each mountain — there is always something special to bring home from each in terms of memories and sensations. I’ve tried to capture those sensations in Bannachie, both from the mountains themselves and from the exhilaration of climbing out of trees and onto the tundra.

Bannachie was premiered by Stas Venglevski on March 25, 2014, for the Music From Almost Yesterday series at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall. A video performance is also available.

Last Call for Carbon Mark Mantel March 2014

Mark Mantel states, This work is a grand miniaturization of the harmonic, and to some degree, formal structure of my forthcoming opera, “2100.” I felt it necessary to use the somewhat traditional 2 channel playback idea so that I could create a dynamic between the performer, and another entity’– the rest of the ensembles and performers in the opera in order to replicate a fundamental notion of opera, the dialogue. I wanted Stas to be the sole character, however, so we recorded many chords and harmonies and sounds, all performed by Stas, and I simply manipulated them according to certain kinds of musical behaviors that will be developed in the opera. There are no other sounds or instruments in the audio playback.

Last Call for Carbon was premiered by Stas Venglevski on March 25, 2014, for the Music From Almost Yesterday series at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall.

Incantation David Bohn March 2014

Incantation was premiered by Stas Venglevski on March 25, 2014, for the Music From Almost Yesterday series at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall.

Fantasy: Gathering Threads David Bohn September 2013

Fantasy: Gathering Threads composed in August and September of 2012 at the request of Stas Venglevski, and was premiered by him on September 20th, 2013, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall.

This work was composed specifically for the bayan with an alternate version for free-bass piano accordion. The composition was funded through Kickstarter.

Incipit Vita Nova Yehuda Yannay March 2013

Premiered at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall.

Incipit Vita Nova written for the recovery of Yehuda Yannay closest relative living in Israel. It is also the first composition for solo accordion that he has written for Venglevski, his friend and long-time musical collaborator. Written for soprano saxophone, clarinet and marimba, Five Pieces for Three Players

Suite for Mandolin and Accordion Yehuda Yannay April 2013

A suite in four movements: Piccola Fantasia; Arietta-Danza-Arietta; Music Box Valse with Mandolin Obligato; Toccata peri Cani.

Machine Gun Tango Mark Mantel January 2013

This work for violin and bayan was premiered with Samantha George (violin) at Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, on January 6, 2013

The Bogen Songs Yehuda Yannay September 2012

This was first performed on September 23, 2012, at of the Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Six pieces for voice, flute, Bb Clarinet, violoncello and accordion, with text by Don Bogen.

This is a series of six songs, each incorporating an expansion of a five note series by varied interpolations of four other chromatic notes.

Celia's Samovar Anna Rubin September 2012

This was first performed on September 23, 2012, at of the Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Celia's Samovar refers to a cherished antique owned by the composer's grandmother. Ms. Rubin's comments "I owe many thanks to Stas Venglevski for his time and effort in teaching me about the instrument and for the the inspiration of his virtuosity."

Plus Avec Moins Yehuda Yannay May 2012

This piece commissioned by Pierre-Yves Artaud for L'Orchestre de Flûtes Français and was premiered, in Paris, in May 2012,

Plus Avec Moins (More From Less), a three-movement work including: “Coming Up For Air,” “…I Felt As If I’d Been Singing It A Long Long Time!” (Humoresque), and “Flirting With Spring.

Glimmer Richard Warp March 2011

World premier performance for solo Bayan accordion at the Music for Almost Yesterday series at the Peck School for the Arts, Milwaukee, WI.

Grus Tomi Raisanen March 2011

Tomi Raisanen, a Finnish Composer, wrote this piece in reference to the southern Constellation of Grus (crane). Its first United States performance was at the Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, on March 6, 2011, as part of the Music From Almost Yesterday series. It was performed with Jason Raynovich, cello, and Kevin Schlei, on electronics.

Bayanette for Two Yehuda Yannay March 2011
Recored on: More From Less

This was first performed with Dana McCormick on piano at the Fine Arts Recital Hall at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, on March 6, 2011 for the Music From Almost Yesterday series.

Zydeco Madness William Sysman May 2010

Zydeco Madness was dedicated to “the forgotten of Hurricane Katrina” in Louisiana. Zydeco is Creole-based music indigenous to Louisiana. The lead instrument of a Zydeco band is accordion and the music itself over the years has integrated a wide variety of popular music forms. Rather than trying to copy the sound or instrumentation of a Zydeco band, the emphasis is on rhythm.

Quatre Corps Movement — II Masse Richard Warp May 2010

This was first performed with Heesoo Kim, Flute; Robin Reynolds, cello; and Jeff Andele, bass clarinet at the Dance Mission Theater, San Francisco, CA on May 14, 2010.

Remember When… ? Dana McCormick October 2009

This was first performed on October 11, 2009, at of the Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Three Different Keyboards William Susman April 2009

This is a 2006 composition written by William Susman for solo button accordion. It was first performed on April 19, 2009, at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, Chicago, IL.

Concerto For Bayan and Orchestra Mark Petering October 2008

The Concerto For Bayan And Orchestra has four movements: Enigma, Danse Profane, Into The Eternal Abyss, March.

It was performed on October 25, 2008 with the Concord Chamber Orchestra, James Hoffman conducting, at St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wauwatosa, WI.

Bayannayab Yehuda Yannay September 2006
Recored on: More From Less

Bayannayab is a choral work written for two bayans. It was performed with visiting artist. Fredrich Lips, on September 21, 2006, for the Music For Almost Yesterday Series at the Fine Arts Recital Hall at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

Love In An Iron Lung Joshua Schmidt September 2006

This 2004 work of Josh Schmidt was first performed by Stas Venglevski on September 21, 2006, for the Music For Almost Yesterday Series at the Fine Arts Recital Hall at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

Concerto No.2 in E Minor Anthony Galla-Rini April 2003

Until this performance of Anthony Galli-Rini's Concerto No. 2 in E Minor for Accordion and Orchestra composed in 1976, only the 1st movement had been performed. On April 6, 2003, Stas Venglevski, with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, David Becker conducting, performed the entire three movements of the piece at the Mills Concert Hall at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

Maestro Galla-Rini, at the age of ninety-nine, attended the performance.

Bayan & Beyond Daniel Lanwitts October 2000
Recored on: Adagio Romance and Beyond

Bayan & Beyond is a modern suite in four movements for bayan and orchestra: Allegro, Tangoesque, Ballad, Allegro.

It was first performed on October 14, 2000, with the Concord Chamber Orchestra, Janet Millard conducting, on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Concord Chamber Orchestra at Saint Matthew's Church in Wauwatosa, WI.

My Main Squeeze Yehuda Yannay October 2000

My Main Squeeze is a piece written for bayan, trumpet and cello. It was first performed on October 26, 2000, with Kevin Hartman on trumpet and Paul Gmeinder on cello for the Music For Almost Yesterday Series at of the Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Schreistimme Michael Edward Edgerton September 1999

Schreistimme is an original work composed for the bayan. It was performed on September 12, 1999 for the Face the Music Series at the Hot House in Chicago, IL.