Pope Pius XII has decreed that henceforth accordions may be played in Catholic Church. This fact is of historic significance and is the first time that accordions have been officially sanctioned for use in Catholic churches. Heretofore in some dioceses, their use in Catholic Churches has been banned.
The approval was given after Giuseppe Dallape, who heads the Dallape Accordion Manufacturing Firm at Stradella, Italy, presented one of two specially made accordions to the Pope. After hearing the accordion played, His Holiness gave his historic decree.
He also signed an engrossed document bearing his picture presented to him by Dallape which is shown here.
The twin to the accordion presented to the Pope will be brought to America
by the Chicago Musical Instrument Company which will exhibit it at its
main office. According to M. H. Berlin, president of the concern, the
specially built instrument which is said to be the most valuable accordion
built, being valued at $5,000, has six sets of reeds each on treble and
bass and has 33 different tonal combinations and weighs 32 pounds.
(about 50% heavier than the average full size accordion). Some of the
reeds are almost as big as organ reeds.
The Classical Free-Reed, Inc. staff gratefully acknowledges volunteer Brian O'Boyle who assisted in the production of this article, as well as Stanley Darrow and his comprehensive American Accordion Musicological Society library.
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