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Accordion as a Reflection of the Russian Spirit

Wide as a Russian soul

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It’s no secret that music is a reflection of one’s soul, and that every country has a certain musical instrument that mirrors it best. For Russia, this role is undoubtedly given to the accordion (garmon).

Invented in Germany, it became hugely popular in Russia. Many traditional songs can be played only to its accompaniment.

<figcaption>A war-winner</figcaption>
A war-winner

Sounds of the sonorous accordion cheered people up during the war and the most difficult times when everything seemed over. This musical instrument became a token of remaining hope and never-ending optimism of our nation.

Wide as a Russian soul, as people say, the accordion reflects our essence. No wonder it became a symbol of Russian folklore music and one of the most recognizable attributes of our culture.


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