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Duo-Art A.O.G. Pipe Organ Rolls by Frank Milne
By David Sharpe

After my comments to the MMDigest praising Paul Morris' CD of Duo-Art
pipe organ rolls in which I expressed surprise at how good the
"drafting board" A.O.G. rolls sounded, I received the following message
from Alan Mueller.  He has given me permission to quote it to the whole

Perhaps it is a well-known fact that Frank Milne produced many of these
Duo-Art pipe organ rolls, but Mr. Mueller's comments were news to me.
Given the excellence of his drafting board Ampico and Duo-Art piano
rolls, it should not be surprising that Milne's pipe organ rolls also
sound good.  Alan Mueller said:

  "Indeed, the Aeolian Organ Guild Rolls for the Duo-Art Pipe Organ were
all drafting board creations.  According to Jane Rogers, Frank Milne's
daughter, her father was in charge of overseeing the production of
organ rolls.  He made most of the arrangements (but not all) that were
issued under the A.O.G. name.

  "I met Jane and her husband and was at there home in Fairport (near
East Rochester) several times.  I lost track of Mrs. Rogers a number
of years ago.  The last that I had heard was she was suffering from
dementia and was in a nursing home.  She would be 86, if still living.

  "Frank Milne had a thorough music education at the university in
Edinburgh, Scotland.  As you probably know he was in charge of the
popular roll artists for the Duo-Art, Melodee and other Aeolian rolls
after 1919.  He produced many drafting board rolls of pop tunes for the
Duo-Art and later for the Ampico, after the merger of the two companies
in 1932."

David Sharpe
Western Massachusetts

(Message sent Mon 29 Aug 2005, 14:29:47 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  A.O.G, Duo-Art, Frank, Milne, Organ, Pipe, Rolls

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