It makes me very proud to announce the release of the newest roll,
a two-tune roll of Lothar Perl arrangements, "Zebra Stripes" and
"Crazy Top", played by Mr. Frank Himpsl. Frank cut these rolls by
hand 20 years ago on the old "noodle board" in the kitchen. He has
graciously consented to make these novelty pieces available to us now.
Lothar Perl (1911-1975) composed several of these "Syncopated
Impressions for Piano" while still a young man in his early twenties.
He fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s, eventually settling in the United
States. He composed and arranged music in Hollywood in the 1940s,
and was musical director for television shows in the 1950-60s.
In addition to Frank Himpsl's fine piano playing and tireless effort
cutting these rolls initially, a couple of others deserve recognition.
Kudos to Robbie Rhodes for his editing of the data files, and a big
thank you to Janet Tonnesen and Custom Music Rolls for their fine
perforating job and for turning out the rolls so quickly.
The two-tune roll by Frank Himpsl will make its debut at the AMICA
convention in Portland next week; stop by and listen to this roll
while you are there. A few copies will be available for purchase.
We hope to make more copies available later after the convention.
Thank you again, Frank!
Player Piano and Mechanical Music Exchange
[ At a ragtime concert a few years ago, Alex Hassan and I played
[ "Crazy Top" on two pianos, which is much easier than for one
[ pianist to play everything. With four hands available we
[ sounded very much like Frank's piano roll version! :-) -- Robbie