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Totally Traditional! The Diatonic Accordion in Quebec

This interactive exhibit paints a portrait of a founding instrument on the Quebec cultural scene, the small 10 button diatonic accordion. You will discover the historic and festive odyssey that this instrument has been on and made Quebec want to get up and dance. You will be amazed when you learn of the sheer talent and savoir-faire that accordion makers and musicians from the Montmagny region are known for around the world.

Wind Box Accordions

First developed in England during the 19th century, perfected techniques for fabricating wind box accordions were further elaborated in France, Italy, Germany and Japan. It is the blowing action of the musician that produces the sound on the free reed style instrument.

 

The Free Reed

Many regions throughout the world have accordions at the heart of their traditional music. The instrument was changed depending on the type of tones musicians were looking to play: the diatonic button accordion with one, two or three rows, the chromatic button accordion, piano accordion, bandoneon, concertina…

Asian Mouth Organs

The free reed system is at the origins of the accordion, being traced back to 2000 years B.C. in Asia. In China, mouth organs called sheng were invented using the same free reed principle.

 

Somewhere between Romantic and Electric

The accordion has undergone many transformations throughout history. Discover rare collection pieces from the Romantic era dating back to the 19th century before moving on to the surprising electronic accordion!

 

Adornment and Style

There has always been an aesthetic aspect to accordions. Discover beautiful examples; sumptuous shapes, pearly white surfaces, detailed inlays, rare types of wood, shimmering bellows, metallic ornaments…beautiful pieces of art!

 

Hohner Accordions

Made in Germany, Hohner accordions literally took over the Quebec market during the 1940’s and 1950’s. Hohner accordions proved to be more durable and solid than any of the other imported instruments at the time and went on to play a very important role in defining our traditional sound.