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Early Audio Recordings of Street Organs
By Hans van Oost

[ Roger Wiegand wrote in 090329 MMDigest:

> I just ran across this MP3 audio file of a 1907 Edison cylinder,
> "Pedro the Hand Organ Man", perhaps one of the earliest recordings
> of a monkey organ.  The themes are familiar to us today!

Interesting!  The Dutch society KDV issued a double CD with sounds
recorded between 1908 and 1916 from original Gasparini and Limonaire
organs, then popular in the Netherlands.  These organs were later
converted and rebuilt by Carl Frei in the 1920's.

The original sound of these French organs is very interesting!  Please
have a look at http://www.draaiorgel.org/  Choose the English section
and go to the shop.  The double CD is called "Historisch concours".

Hans van Oost
The Netherlands


(Message sent Mon 30 Mar 2009, 21:43:12 GMT, from time zone GMT+0200.)

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