Accordéon Mélancolique

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Accordéon Mélancolique
Open air concert on the Dag van het Nationale Park ("Day of National Parks"), in Park Vreugd en Rust, Voorburg, the Netherlands. Photo E. Brinkman Fotografie.
Open air concert on the Dag van het Nationale Park ("Day of National Parks"), in Park Vreugd en Rust, Voorburg, the Netherlands. Photo E. Brinkman Fotografie.
Background information
Origin Driebergen-Rijsenburg, Netherlands
Genres Blues
World music
Years active 1984 - present.
Labels Sterkenburg Records
Members Cherie de Boer
Jean-Pierre Guiran

Accordéon Mélancolique is a Dutch accordion duo consisting of Cherie de Boer (born 10 June 1950 in Jakarta) and Jean-Pierre Guiran (born 27 January 1957 in Vlissingen).

The duo is founded in 1984. In 1997 they were asked to play during the fiftieth anniversary of the Marshall-plan in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for, among others, Bill en Hillary Clinton, Dutch crown prince Willem Alexander and former Dutch prime minister Wim Kok.[1] Their first CD L'Imparfait du Cœur was released in 1998, and was proclaimed by the Swedish accordion magazine Dragspels Nytt as the best accordion CD of 1999.[2] As a result, they played at various festivals in Iceland and Denmark during the summer of 2000 and 2003.[3] In total, seven CDs have been released. The music is also published as sheet music.


The duo plays increasingly more original compositions. Their inspiration comes from French accordion music, French musette waltzes, Italian folk music, Antillean waltzes, Indonesian kronchong melodies, Argentinean tangos, Jewish and Greek folk music, swing standards, Gypsy romantics, classical music, merengues and tex-mex. A central theme is the role of silence in music.



Date Album
2015 Aquarelles
2012 Gratitude
2008 Les Invités
2006 Le Nid Aimé
2003 Petits Fours Frais
2002 Parade des Poules
1998 L'Imparfait du Cœur

Sheet music[edit]

Date Album
2013 Gratitude
2008 Les Invités
2006 Le Nid Aimé
2002 Parade des Poules
1998 L'Imparfait du Cœur

Compositions J.P. Guiran[edit]

Sheet music of Cirque Mazurque (2003).

The compositions of Jean-Pierre Guiran are distinguished by the central role of the melody. The expressiveness is strengthened by timing in various rhythms and by the harmony which receives the role of a second voice.


  • Mermaid
  • Quicksand
  • Swan & Swan
  • Aquarelle d’Amour
  • Warm Bath
  • Damselfly
  • Meeting at the Lake
  • Watering Place
  • Ducklings
  • the Heron and the Frog
  • Water Cave
  • Swell
  • Swimming in the Winter
  • Lullaby to the Sea
  • Ebb and Flow


  • Eléphants Blancs
  • Swiss Affair
  • Gratitude I
  • Gratitude II
  • Gratitude III
  • Bailamos la Vida
  • Sans Queue ni Tête
  • The Singing Moon
  • Seaside
  • Cinquante
  • Santiago
  • Rose de Salon


  • L'Arrivée des Invités
  • Bougainville
  • Clandestin
  • The Dancing Tortoise
  • Ma Chérie
  • Padiki Dikitika
  • Por el Camino Real (co-author)
  • Requiem pour une Rose
  • Tonton Charles
  • Tanah Tumpah Darah


  • Appelboom
  • L'Esprit du Sud
  • L'Heure Bleue
  • Juif Errant
  • Kripi Kripi
  • Le Lac Minor
  • Le Nid Aimé
  • Maria Clara
  • Merel
  • Mon Chéri
  • Solitude Heureuse
  • Te Lang Alleen
  • Within Five Minutes!


  • Cirque Mazurque


  • Café Vert
  • Helena
  • Mango
  • Parade des Poules
  • Tres Corazones (co-author)
  • Une Valse Anglaise S.V.P.


  • L'Imparfait du Cœur
  • Passé composé


  • Polytour

Usage of music[edit]


  • Broken Dreams. Suzanne van Leendert, van Osch Films, the Netherlands, 2015.
  • Portret van een Tuin. Rosie Stapel, the Netherlands, 2014.
  • Boi, Song of a Wanderer. Anne Marie Borsboom Filmproducties, the Netherlands, 2014.
  • Appie Baantjer als Diender. Profiel. KRO, the Netherlands, 2008.
  • Boren in de Zeebodem. Schooltv, the Netherlands, 2005.
  • De Koperen Ploeg. Kristie Stevens, the Netherlands, 2005.
  • Oud en der Dagen Zat. IKON, the Netherlands, 2003.
  • Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies. Martin Scorsese. United States, 2008.
  • Dag je dat wij niks leerde?. Ed van Herpt and Gwen Timmer. Stichting Filmgroep Parabel, the Netherlands, 1981.


  • Something Fishy. Puppet animation. Foolhardy Films, scenario Trevor Hardy. UK, 2012.
  • De Laatste Dag. Director Saskia Diesing, scenario Helena van der Meulen. Lemming Film, the Netherlands, 2008.
  • If God Wants. Diennet Productions, United States, 2009.


  • Because There Isn't Any. Johannes Wieland. Performed by the Juilliard School of Arts, New York, United States, 2008.[5]
  • Petites Kader Atou. Compagnie Accrorap, France, 2008. Performed, among others, in France, the Netherlands, the United States and China.
  • Resemblance. Dancers: Melanie Aceto en Claire Jacob-Zysman. Melanie Aceto Contemporary Dance, New York, United States, 2006.
  • EWES. Amaury Lebrun. Performed by Compañía Nacional de Danza II, Madrid, Spain, 2010.[6]


  • Man bijt Hond. NCRV, the Netherlands, Dolle Dries Sterke Zeemansverhalen 2013 / 2014, Dave & Annu 2009.
  • De Troon. Avro, the Netherlands, 2010.


  1. ^ (Dutch) Ester Kleuver (10 August 2000): 'Opmerkelijk Duo Bezorgt Accordeon Eindelijk Nieuw Imago: Romantische Muziek onder de Euromast,' De Telegraaf, par. 1.
  2. ^ (Swedish) Beng Nyquist (1999): Dragspels Nytt, year 31, nr 1.
  3. ^ (Dutch) Rob van Niele (February 2003): 'Aangename Accordeonmuziek uit Alle Windstreken,' Amsterdamse Folkagenda, par. 2.
  4. ^ (Dutch) 'Het Duo'. Accordéon Mélancolique, par. 2, Retrieved 17 July 2010.
  5. ^ Roslyn Sulcas (11 December 2008): 'Darkness and Humor for Students in Motion', New York Times, par. 4.
  6. ^ (Spanish) Omar Khan (6 February 2010): 'Rara noche de danzas eclécticas', El País.

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