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      • [Black wax home recording of man speaking and testing phonograph over off-air recording of Freddy Martin's Orchestra].

[Black wax home recording of man speaking and testing phonograph over off-air recording of Freddy Martin's Orchestra].


Place of Publication:
[United States],
Issued Date:
Personal recordings

The David Giovannoni Collection of home cylinder recordings (Set Number: 139-01).

Performer not given.

Black wax cylinder (cut to three inches).


In first segment, man talks about Moses, the Promised Land, and the wandering of the Jewish people. In second segment, man speaks: "This is being recorded on the a, o- -- on an original Edison wax cylinder phonograph to test the recording quality. One, two, three, four, testing, sister Susie is sewing shirts for sick (?) sailors this time. Of course we won't get any S's on this record, but then...." This is recorded over a palimpsest off-the-air recording , which continues beyond the over-recorded portion and is announced at the end: "You have just heard Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto in B flat, played by Freddie Martin and His Orchestra." Martin's well-known arrangement of this piece dates from 1941.

Physical Description:
1 cylinder (ca. 2 min.) : 141.6 rpm ; 2 1/4 x 4 in.
Audio musical
Cylinder Audio Archive
Library Location:
Department of Special Research Collections
Catalog System Number:
Copyright Holder:
University of California (System). Regents

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