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The Accordion in the Americas – Klezmer, Polka, Tango, Zydeco, and More! - Illinois Scholarship Online
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The Accordion in the Americas: Klezmer, Polka, Tango, Zydeco, and More!

Helena Simonett


An invention of the Industrial Revolution, the accordion provided the less affluent with an inexpensive, loud, portable, and durable “one-man-orchestra” capable of producing melody, harmony, and bass all at once. This book considers the accordion and its myriad forms, from the concertina, button accordion, and piano accordion familiar in European and North American music to the more exotic-sounding South American bandoneón and the sanfoninha. Capturing the instrument's spread and adaptation to many different cultures in North and South America, the chapters illuminate how the accordion factore ... More

Keywords: Industrial Revolution, accordion, concertina, button accordion, piano accordion, bandoneón, sanfoninha, working class, elites

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037207
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037207.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helena Simonett, editor
Vanderbilt University

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