Tango: Astor Piazzolla Talks About the Bandoneón

The bandoneón was invented about 1846 by Heinrich Band, in Krefeld Germany under the name ‘bandonion’ – where it was intended to play church music. It is unknown exactly when it arrived in Buenos Aires (estimated at 1870), but it became very popular at about 1890 when it was found to be extremely conducive to the sounds of tango. Its name was changed from the German ‘bandonion’ to the Spanish ‘bandoneón’.