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I recently obtained a Grand Roller Organ (32-note) cob and I do not
recognize the tune on it. I am sending a recording of it in the hope
that another MMD reader might be able to identify it for me, either
from having the cob itself, having the tune on some other mechanical
music machine, or just recognizing it. (I hope that it is not some
reasonably familiar classical piece which I should know, but I do not
think it is.)
The cob has a scrap of a label containing clear numbers "20" followed
by what looks like either a "5" or a "6". Based on this, I thought
that it might be #2054, "Overture -- Caliph of Baghdad", but another
collector who has that cob says it is not. By the process of
elimination, the only other cob in the 2050s or 2060s I think it could
be is #2069, "University March".
I might be wrong about the third digit being a 5 or 6, however, and
other possible titles on the list which I don't know and which I think
it might possibly be are #2004, "En Avant March", #2019, "Gracious
Heavens--Martha", #2049, "Wang March", #2073, "Because I Love Thee So"
and #2078, "Columbus March". Can any MMD reader name the tune, or
confirm that it is not one of the titles I have listed here?
I should add that, while I cannot identify this cob, I do know most of
the approximately 159 tunes that appeared on the Grand roller organ and
if any of you have any "mystery cobs" of your own and would like to
send me a recording of them or play them for me over the phone, there
is a good chance I will be able to identify them for you by ear.
[ Hear the song at the MMD Sounds site, http://mmd.foxtail.com/Sounds/
[ More about the Grand Roller Organ is at Todd Augsburger's site,
[ At http://126.96.36.199/cs-baghdad.html: "Meanwhile, over in France,
[ Francois-Adrien Boieldieu (1775-1834) composed Le calife de Baghdade
[ (The Caliph of Baghdad), a romantic comedy of which only the overture
[ is now performed."
[ -- Robbie