Classical Accordion Repertoire


James Crabb is renowned both for his versatility as a musician and for the diversity of repertoire he plays. He performs music that ranges broadly in styles from standard classical through to contemporary, tango, various folk music and improvisation. James has also created an extensive list of arrangements and transcriptions for the accordion (with and without accompaniment) from the solo, chamber, symphonic and concerto repertoire.


Solo works:

Original works written by many of today’s leading composers include amongst others: Sofia Gubaidulina, Luciano Berio, Salvatore Sciarrino, Magnus Lindberg, Vinko Globokar, Toshio Hosokawa, Per Nørgård, Bent Sørensen, Arne Nordheim and Django Bates.



Solo keyboard works include amongst others; J.S.Bach, D.Buxtehude, J.Ph.Rameau, D.Scarlatti, W.A.Mozart through to Cesar Franck and Olivier Messiaen.


Chamber music:

Original works have been written for a diverse range of instrumentations with accordion including duos with violin, cello, percussion, piano, guitar and voice (amongst others). Other frequently performed works have been written for accordion duo, trios with violin & cello and quintets with string quartet. There is also a wide range of repertoire transcribed that encompasses most instrumental formations. 



A growing number of original concertos have been written in a diversity of styles from 1950’s to the present day by many prominent and leading composers. These works involve various instrumentations from sinfonietta to string orchestra through to chamber and full symphonic orchestra.

Transcriptions of keyboard concertos by composers such as J.S.Bach, C.Ph.E.Bach, J.Haydn are also performed.




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