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The accordion in the Americas : klezmer, polka, tango, zydeco, and more!

Author: Helena Simonett
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2012]
Series: Music in American life.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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. Imported from Europe into the Americas, the accordion with its distinctive sound became a part of the aural landscape for millions of people but proved to be divisive: while the accordion formed an integral  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helena Simonett
ISBN: 9780252037207 0252037200 9780252078712 0252078713
OCLC Number: 779740384
Description: 330 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: From old world to new shores / Helena Simonett --
Accordion jokes : a folklorist's view / Richard March --
From chanky-chank to Yankee chanks : the Cajun accordion as identity symbol / Mark F. DeWitt --
Garde ici et garde lá-bas : Creole accordion in Louisiana / Jared Snyder --
"Tejano and proud" : regional accordion traditions of South Texas and the border region / Cathy Ragland --
Preserving territory : the changing language of the accordion in Tohono O'odham waila music / Janet Sturman --
Accordions and working-class culture along Lake Superior's South Shore / James P. Leary --
Play me a tarantella, a polka, or jazz : Italian Americans and the currency of piano accordion music / Christine Zinni --
The klezmer accordion : an outsider among outsiders / Joshua Horowitz --
Beyond Vallenato : the accordion traditions in Colombia / Egberto Bermúdez --
"A hellish instrument" : the story of the tango bandoneón / Maria Susana Azzi --
No ma' se oye el fuinfuán : the noisy accordion in the Dominican Republic / Sydney Hutchinson --
Between the folds of Luiz Gonzaga's sanfona : forré music in Brazil / Megwen Loveless --
The accordion in new scores : paradigms of authorship and identity in William Schimmel's musical "realities" / Marion S. Jacobson.
Series Title: Music in American life.
Responsibility: edited by Helena Simonett.


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"The Accordion in the Americas offers a history rich in insights drawn from the complex intertwining of society, race and culture in American music-making."--Times Literary Supplement "An in-depth Read more...

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