Excerpt from "Accordion Resource Manual"

    "The emergence of the accordion into a concert environment is directly attributed to the expanded pitch range of the left hand and therefore a newly discovered independence and dexterity for the left hand.  The reach on the left hand manual is at least a two-octave pitch range.  The thumb is only rarely used for an occasional long pedal point..."

    The above example from Murray Shafer's "La Testa d'Adriane", a theatre piece for accordion and soprano, commissioned in 1977 by Joseph Macerollo through the Ontario Arts Council, is a piece which demonstrates the accordion's versatility and makes use of the left hand's expanded pitch range as described above. 

Excerpt from the sound recording "Interaccodinotesta with Joseph Macerollo"

    "Shafer, who previously featured the accordion in the stage work Patria I (1974), offers the following comment:  "La Testa dAdriane is a theatrical short piece in which a barker at a fair is attempting to lure crowds in to look at his side-show which, he claims, consists of the head of a woman which has been preserved by the fantastic art of legerdemain.  He plays an accordion and, as he draws in the spectators, he whips back the curtain and we see the head of a woman on a table - no body.  Little by little, his music brings her alive and she sings a crazy, neurotic aria, at the end of which she sinks back into sleep.  The barker then pulls the curtain and departs."

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