from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small accordion especially popular in Latin America.
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- n. A small Latin American accordion played with buttons.
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- n. a type of concertina popular in South America
WAS: The bandoneon is the button accordion that tango master Astor Piazzolla brought to the forefront.
MICHELE NORRIS, host: The bandoneon is the instrument that defines Argentina's tango music.
It was a great opportunity to write in a chamber music setting, leaving space for the bandoneon to improvise.
"Addio" was pretty much an improvisation orchestrated for the bandoneon and string quintet.
We recorded it in New York with Argentinean bandoneon wiz Hector del Curto.
Tango Fire have established themselves as one of Argentina's top exports, a crack company of tango specialists that includes three world champions among its 10 dancers, plus accompaniment from celebrated tango band Quatrotango piano, violin, bandoneon and double bass and singer Jesus Hidalgo.
Accompanied by Paquito D'Rivera, saxophones and clarinet; Gustavo Bergalli, trumpet; Nicolas Ledesma, piano; Abel Rogantini, piano; Daniel Piazzolla, drums and Michael Zisman, bandoneon.
He points out that the bandoneon, an instrument similar to the accordion, but with buttons rather than keys, came from Germany, but that skilled Argentine musicians made its mournful sound the signature of the tango.
(Soundbite of song, "Tango Square") EYRE: The bandoneon, with its unique timbre and expressiveness, was created in Germany, but it soon became inseparable from the sexy new dance music emerging from the bars and bordellos of Buenos Aires.
But from the first notes of the distinctive button accordion the bandoneon there's no mistaking the presence of tango.
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