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Duo-Art & Pleyela Rolls Performed by Stravinsky
By Albert Petrak

Under normal circumstances, you could simply access the RPRF web site,  Unfortunately, Webmaster is still
working on an update, to include our corrections, additions, etc.
Lacking this availability, the following:


DUO-ART ROLLS played by Igor Stravinsky

  528 : Piano Concerto, 1st mvt.
 6867 : Piano Sonata, 1st mvt.
 6956 : Piano Sonata, 2nd mvt.
 7002 : Piano Sonata, 3rd mvt.
 A-95 : L'oiseau du feu (The Firebird), Suite from the ballet, Roll I
 A-96 : L'oiseau du feu (The Firebird), Suite from the ballet, Roll II
 A-97 : L'oiseau du feu (The Firebird), Suite from the ballet, Roll III
 A-98 : L'oiseau du feu (The Firebird), Suite from the ballet, Roll IV
 A-99 : L'oiseau du feu (The Firebird), Suite from the ballet, Roll V
A-100 : L'oiseau du feu (The Firebird), Suite from the ballet, Roll VI

PLEYELA ROLLS played by Igor Stravinsky

8421-8428 : Pulcinella (Transcription by the Composer)
8429-8437 : Le sacre du printemps (Rite of Spring)
8438      : Piano Rag Music
8439      : Trois pieces faciles (Three Easy Pieces)
8440      : Cinq pieces faciles (Five Easy Pieces)

8441-8447 : Petrouchka
8448      : Les cinq doigts (Five Fingers), Part One
8449      : Les cinq doigts (Five Fingers), Part Two
8451-8453 : Le chant du rossignol (Song of the Nightingale)

8454      : Histoires pour enfants (Children's Stories)
8455      : Quatre chants russes (Four Russian Songs)
8456      : Piano Concertino (Transcription by the Composer)
8457      : Piano Sonata, 1st mvt.
8458      : Piano Sonata, 2nd mvt.
8459      : Piano Sonata, 3rd mvt.
8831-8834 & 8861 : Les noces (The Wedding)
10039-10045 : L'oiseau du feu (The Firebird) Suite from the ballet

Note that the Pleyela rolls are all hand played, by intention, said
the composer.  He wanted to give his tempi, primarily, to conductors
(remember that the phonograph was then in its infancy, and acoustic!).

Rex Lawson has made a recording for Musicmasters (now out of print) of
the "Sacre" and "Petrouchka", as well as the Aeolian-Themodist of the
Etude, Op. 7 "Madrid" (which I failed to catch when this was mounted).

Aeolian had announced, in their prospectus for 1927, that recordings by
Stravinsky (he had only supervised the Pleyela offerings) would appear
of "Petrouchka" and "Sacre" in the AudioGraphic series.  Alas, they
were never recorded, as far as we know, and if so, were never released.

I'm hoping for a restoration of the RPRF site shortly.  It will include
a partial listing of Hupfeld DEA releases and a complete assessment
of the "life and times" of Ferruccio Busoni.

Albert M. Petrak

 [ Thanks very much for the list, Albert.  Stravinsky played the
 [ seven Pleyela rolls at the 1927 Paris concert; the program says:
 [ L'oiseau du feu -- Igor Stravinsky
 [   1. L'oiseau du feu et sa danse [The firebird and his dance]
 [   2. Complainte de l'oiseau du feu [Lament of the firebird]
 [   3. Jeux des princesses enchantees [Games of the enchanted ...]
 [   4. Ronde des princesses [Round dance of the princesses]
 [   5. Danse infernale de roi Katschel [King Katschel's infernal dance]
 [   6. Berceuse [Lullaby]
 [   7. Final [Finale]
 [   "Le Pleyela est actionne par Igor Stravinsky." [operated by ...]
 [ You note that the composer "only supervised the Pleyela offerings".
 [ I wonder if Stravinsky used unmodified Pleyela rolls in his concert,
 [ or if he applied further editing changes to his own copies...
 [ Rex Lawson's new CD includes Stravinsky's rolls of Les Noces (playing
 [ time almost 24 minutes); see
 [ -- Robbie

(Message sent Sun 18 Jun 2000, 21:52:03 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Duo-Art, Performed, Pleyela, Rolls, Stravinsky

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