Definition of bandoneon in English:



  • A type of concertina used especially in South America.

    ‘Chromatic versions of both the Chemnitz concertina and the bandoneon have been made.’
    • ‘Last Round is for double string quartet and double bass, written in memory of Piazzolla, and conceived as an idealized version of his keyless accordion, the bandoneon.’
    • ‘As Piazzolla was the master of the bandoneon (a relative of the accordion), Ravi Shankar is the master of the sitar.’
    • ‘The curtain rose on a gigantic bandoneon, the accordion-like instrument that is the backbone of any tango orchestra.’
    • ‘Piazzolla used to lead his bands from the bandoneon, and accordionist James Crabb reprised the composer's role.’
    • ‘The bandoneon is in origin a German-style accordion, but in the 20th century it became closely associated with South American music, and especially, in Argentina, with the tango.’
    • ‘The bandoneon is a relative of the accordion and was originally invented as an inexpensive substitute for the church organ.’
    • ‘Franz-Paul Decker conducts the evening and Daniel Binelli is the bandoneon soloist for Piazzola's ‘Concerto For Bandoneon.’’
    • ‘I was in Argentina, before, when I couldn't dance tango and it was such a disappointment - it would have been lovely to have taken part when the bandoneons started up.’
    • ‘But apart from that American touch, when the bellows instrument known as a bandoneon sets off a wistful tango, you might just as well be in Buenos Aires.’
    • ‘When I arrive they've just begun, joined by an Argentine bandoneon player dressed in black and wearing a fedora.’
    • ‘All are of a pastel shade, beautifully played by a quintet of bandoneon, clarinet, piano, bass and drums, one that includes Dino Saluzzi and Kenny Werner.’
    • ‘Two bandoneon players provide the broken heart of tango myth; Rodrigo Dominguez's soprano sax implies a more positive outcome; Iannaccone's pleading cello is elegant and erotic.’
    • ‘The second disc spotlights the virtuoso performers of the Peronist years, when the bandoneon players Anibal Troilo and Astor Piazzolla reigned supreme.’
    • ‘More than 10 years after the death of composer / bandoneon player Astor Piazzolla, his dazzling contemporary tangos still dominate the idiom.’
    • ‘His grandfather and father were bandoneon players.’
    • ‘There is an amusing Tango sequence, complete with bandoneon accompaniment, before the couple part again.’



/banˈdōnēən/ /bænˈdoʊniən/


Via Spanish from German Bandonion, named after Heinrich Band, the 19th-century German musician who invented it, + -on- (as in Harmonika ‘harmonica’) + -ion (as in Akkordion ‘accordion’).