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Valse des Ombres; was: 'Shadow Waltz' Recording
By Hans van Oost

Hi Ken,

I am quite happy to save you the trouble of sending the recording.

The Columbia record with title "Shadow Waltz" and recording number 36330
was made in 1912 in the Netherlands, like the title on the other side
"Puppchen, du bist mein Augenstern", recording number 36234. Both
recordings are from a series of 20 titles.

The original title is "Valse des ombres", so the title is literally
translated from the French. I don't know the composer yet; it must have
been a Frenchman.  The music was arranged by Limonaire Frs. in Paris.
The band organ is of the type 56 keys Limonaire, with registers as
violin, clarinet, and "voix humaine", an undulating reed voice that was
very popular at the time, but has now vanished from (almost) all Dutch
street organs.  The Limonaire organ of the recording was nicknamed in
Amsterdam as "de Huzaar" (the Husar).

As I wrote before, hundreds of recordings were made of this kind of
organs in the tens of the century. Rein Schenk, our documentalist, is
preparing an article about these early street organ recordings. If an
American organisation might be interested I am willing to translate the
article when it is ready.

If there are more early recordings of band organs, we are always willing
to help looking up.

with kind regards,

Hans van Oost, Netherlands

> Hans -  This record is well numbered.
> Record Number E2922
> Below that but also printed on the label is  Number  36330
> Pressed into the surface between the grove and the label is number  36330
> Pressed into the label and the record surface is 1 - 19
> Reverse side is Puppchen
> Record Number E2922
> Printed below is  36324
> Pressed into the surface is 36324
> and pressed through the label into the surface is  1 - A - 34
> Hope you get some place with these new clues.
> Regards, Ken Vinen, Stratford, Canada.

(Message sent Sun 5 Jul 1998, 12:37:49 GMT, from time zone GMT.)

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