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The Squeezebox: Accordions and Accordion Music

Few instruments produce a sound as distinctive as that made by the accordion, which belongs to the free-reed aerophone family of musical instruments. Related to both the concertina and the American reed organ, the box-shaped accordion was invented in 1822 by German instrument-maker Christian Buschmann.

Today, talented accordionists can be found all over the world, especially in Europe and the Americas. Affectionately referred to as a ‘squeezebox,’ the accordion is used in a range of styles and genres, including pop, folk, Cajun, jazz, and classical music, among others.

Greats of the Past

This website is designed for anyone who has an abiding love for accordions and accordion music. Here, readers will find a range of essays and articles about these unique musical instruments and the gifted musicians who play them.

For example, visitors can read fascinating biographies of the 20th century’s most celebrated accordionists. These include America’s Lawrence Welk (1903-1992), Italy’s Guido Deiro (1886-1950), Denmark’s Mogen Ellegaard (1935-1995), and many others still remembered today for their inimitable skills and virtuosity.

Contemporary Accordionists

Along with learning about great accordionists of the past, visitors to this site can view performances by great accordionists who are playing today. This website also provides a range of useful information about upcoming concerts and accordion performances held all over the world.

Accordionists too, both amateur and professional, can benefit from this site, which also features helpful advice on how they can improve their accordion-playing skills and techniques.