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Accordions & Ukuleles

Posted at 9:35 PM on August 10, 2008 by Gillian Martin

The early music movement brought back into circulation instruments that hadn't been played much in centuries: the viola da gamba, the oboe d'amore, the krummhorn.

Skimming artsjournal.com tonight, I couldn't help but notice articles about the resurgence of two different instruments that were hugely popular in the 1950s but then became icons of squareness in the 1960s: the accordion and the ukulele. (Registration is required for the ukulele article.)

Who will write this century's great double concerto for these two instruments?