Definition of bandoneon in US English:



  • A type of concertina used especially in South America.

    • ‘Franz-Paul Decker conducts the evening and Daniel Binelli is the bandoneon soloist for Piazzola's ‘Concerto For Bandoneon.’’
    • ‘When I arrive they've just begun, joined by an Argentine bandoneon player dressed in black and wearing a fedora.’
    • ‘Piazzolla used to lead his bands from the bandoneon, and accordionist James Crabb reprised the composer's role.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The bandoneon is a relative of the accordion and was originally invented as an inexpensive substitute for the church organ.’
    • ‘Chromatic versions of both the Chemnitz concertina and the bandoneon have been made.’
    • ‘There is an amusing Tango sequence, complete with bandoneon accompaniment, before the couple part again.’
    • ‘More than 10 years after the death of composer / bandoneon player Astor Piazzolla, his dazzling contemporary tangos still dominate the idiom.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The curtain rose on a gigantic bandoneon, the accordion-like instrument that is the backbone of any tango orchestra.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His grandfather and father were bandoneon players.’
    • ‘As Piazzolla was the master of the bandoneon (a relative of the accordion), Ravi Shankar is the master of the sitar.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The second disc spotlights the virtuoso performers of the Peronist years, when the bandoneon players Anibal Troilo and Astor Piazzolla reigned supreme.’


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’).