La Fisarmonica: The Advent of the Accordian

I have always thought that the accordion was first invented and built by Italians, probably due to my love of the accordion and accordionists that I encountered on my trips to Italy, but even among researchers, the advent of the accordion is still a subject of debate.

The accordion is one of several European inventions that are all free-reed portable instruments with external keys or buttons attached to opposite sides of hand-operated bellows. The “squeezebox” has many names: Accordion (English), Accordéon (French), Akkordeon or


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