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Clark Music Roll Arrangements
By Stephen Kent Goodman

George Bogatko wrote, "the Clark rolls seem to plod. ..."

I should have mentioned, in my last response, that you should give
a listen to the Clark 4X rolls, they don't "plod" along at all, but
rather are bubbly and musically effervescent.

Robbie wrote: "... whereas Clark simply adapted 88-note arrangements
(many by J. Lawrence Cook) and didn't spend any extra effort ... "

In the Player Piano Treasury, first edition, page 163, is reproduced
a copy of "The Coin Slot", the house organ of the Clark Orchestra Roll
Company.  It describes Phil Oberg operating a master perforator using
_penciled_ masters as his guide.

My question is, if Clark was using masters from QRS, wouldn't they have
already been punched?  I have several duplicate tunes from the 20's in
88-note format, A-roll format and G-roll format; the basic 88-note to
A-roll format are different arrangements -- period.  The A-roll to
G-roll have the additional controls, percussion, etc., as well as the
famous single stoke xylophone parts.

I would imagine that Clark had their own arrangers in addition to
acquiring any arrangements they may have purchased from QRS.

My 5 cents in the slot...

Stephen Kent Goodman

 [ I hope that we can determine which years Clark used 88-note rolls
 [ from other publishers as the basis for the Clark coin piano music.
 [ Perhaps someone can interview Don Rand about this.  -- Robbie

(Message sent Thu 13 May 1999, 17:54:46 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

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