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In Russia and Russian republics today independence nations the accordions are very popular instruments.

The accordion arrived in Russia around 1820, and manufacturing began soon afterwards in the 1830's. During this time, accordionists usually played traditional Russian folk tunes. From 1820 to 1926 better quality accordionists gradually appeared and performers were now playing music arranged for the accordion. From 1926 to 1945 some accordionists began earning a living from teaching, greatly improving the general playing standards.
In the 1930's the chromatic accordion was being widely used by the top concert artists. In 1936 in St. Petersburg “Red Guerilla” began to manufacturer accordions. Since 1945, solo performers have become an important part in the development of the accordion throughout Russia. After World War II the number of recitals increased. Famous performers and teachers taught and encouraged a new generation of musicians.

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