Who Is Freddy Balta?

His portrait rendered by Würth is on a delightful poster just outside my office. But who is he really? For 20 years I didn’t bother to ask this question, accepting the image at face value. But posters are not made just to look good. Even if detached from their contextual moorings, they have meanings. So now I want to know more about the face and its values.

The subject of this circa 1938 poster has long been an enigma.

Balta was, in fact, one of Europe’s most popular accordion virtuosos—probably French, but possibly Belgian. His recorded music is downloadable. His sheet music is purchasable. His songs are on iTunes too. Here’s where you can get his melody as a ringtone. And here is a YouTube video of Freddy playing Toccata en rémineur very impressively.

Still, I don’t know much about his life, his successes, his aspirations. So, if any of you do, please share your information.

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One thought on “Who Is Freddy Balta?

  1. Michael Dooley

    If the illustration is any indication, it seems that Freddy prefers the left frame of his eyeglasses to be larger and differently shaped than the right frame. The arm of the glasses also indicates that his left ear is an inch or two higher on his head than his right ear.

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