5 questions on accordions

5 questions on accordions

There are 11 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 22, 2008, titled 5 questions on accordions. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Did any great composers write for the accordion? No less than Tchaikovsky, Paul Hindemith , Kurt Weill , Darius Milhaud , Virgil Thomson and Roy Harris did .

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Amanda Mae

Aurora, IL

#1 Sep 24, 2008
Actually, the accordion is taken much more seriously in indie music circles. A lot of bands such as the Decemberists and the Pierces are picking it up and using it in their songs as much as a guitar. The first time I saw the accordion being used in a rock band was my first year of college at The University of Georgia in Athens. A young man named Bain Mattox had an accordion strapped on most of the night and when he played it was one of the sexiest things I had ever seen. I nearly fell over. Since then I have become acquainted with numerous bands in the South who feature accordion in their recordings and live performances. To some people it is no longer the square instrument of Lawrence Welk - it's a sexy and beautiful instrument played by sexy and beautiful people.
Greg Sandell

Chicago, IL

#2 Sep 24, 2008
Nice to feature this unfairly scorned instrument. But how could you leave out the music of Ireland in the list of genres featuring the instrument?
John Trippon

United States

#3 Sep 24, 2008
Very interesting about the accordion, however, nothing is mentioned about the Diatonic Accordion (Button Box)!
It is one of the most popular accordions on the Polka Circuit. California, Wisconsin, the Dakota's, Illinois, Iron Range of Minnesota, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Ohio the list is endless. There are numerous Button Box Clubs all over the USA. In Europe where most of the Diatonic Accordions are built, they are popular in Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Russia and the Czek Repujblic and Slovakia. Any of you ever hearf of Dennis Navato? He is the World Champion of accordions and comes from Triest, Italy.
John Trippon

United States

#4 Sep 25, 2008
Any of you interested Polka Dancers who would love the hear button box music, come the Holiday Inn in Naperville, IL. the first weekend in February and YOU will hear Button Boxes. Many button box Jammers between regular dance bands perfoming: in the hallways,balconey,
separaate rooms, you will lget a treat olf a life time.

United States

#5 Sep 25, 2008
disappointed to see accordian legend flaco jimenez missing from the list.

Urbana, IL

#6 Sep 25, 2008
How could you forget tango, and Carlos Gardel...

Por una cabeza...
average reader

Canton, OH

#7 Sep 26, 2008
This is probably the least interesting story I've read in years and to top it off it is located in one of the most unaesthetic websites I've encountered. How about a little color change between the frames to help your eyes quickly separate the story from the 200 other things going on on either side of it.

I've got a better question for you: why isn't this publication taken more seriously? It's almost 2009, for your sake, please put some more effort into your online presence.
Brians A Wild Downer

Frisco, TX

#8 Sep 26, 2008
Several of my favorite bands use accordians. The Pogues, The Zydepunks, Flogging Molly, They Might Be Giants and The World/Inferno Friendship Society.

Vancouver, Canada

#11 Sep 26, 2008
I'd suggest the correction that "most" classical accordionists play chromatic button accordion, not piano. Most classical accordion is played in Europe, where piano accordions are less common.

Piano accordion was popularised in North America in the 1920's because it was easier to sell and teach one type rather than all the different button-styles immigrants brought with them.

Arguments continue about whether button systems are in fact faster/better than the piano one.

We allow both (and all the other kinds of squeezebox) on our hipster radio show Accordion Noir, in Vancouver, Canada

White House, TN

#12 Sep 26, 2008
Nobody ever mentions Yuki Kajiura's works - let alone associates them...
Rick Cain

United States

#13 Oct 12, 2008
Accordion is used quite often in Mexican music, and yes it sounds quite good.

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