|Me and my Hohner Corso. Love.|
The Corso was my primary box for years. A wet tuned French-sounding box, the Corso was perfect for the music I was learning: the bourrées, mazurkas, waltzes, and polkas of the Massif Central region of France. Early on, I committed the arrogance of recording a CD with the Corso. The cover photo, shot by my wife, Bethany, shows clearly just how besotted I was with that accordion. God Lord! I was a happy guy. The music on the CD pains me a bit. I consider it to be a bit of a "trunk novel" situation. But the vision in the music was solid. I was interested in playing French music in a simple, straight-forward way. Even back in 2002, I was aiming for Accordeonaire. On the CD, The instrument sounds great, and that's what this post is about: the Mighty Corso.
|Aunt Lisle with accordion 1929 (?) |
To give you an idea of the sound, here's a cut.
"Aunt Lisle's An Dro" is actually a pair of An Dros (a traditional Breton dance), with the first being traditional, the second being a composition of my own in honor of my Great-Aunt Lisle, who played accordion (but not An Dros), or at least had her picture taken playing an accordion.
UPDATE: Rikke van Ommeren in the "Polka Groove" post is playing a Hohner Corso -- better than I ever have or will. I love my Salterelle, but the Corso was in no way an inferior box.
UPDATE II: Here's a picture of me playing it for students in my first year of teaching at Hall-Dale High School. I was a hairy guy.