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