Paper Music Rolls and Folded Cardboard Book-music

Paper music roll No 36101 opera “Madam Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini

    Paper music roll No 36101 opera “Madam Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini

    Germany, Rüdesheim am Rhein

    The 1990s

    Giacomo Antonio Puccini, Mechanical Musicboxes Manufactury GmbH

    Paper, metal, wood, cardboard, bookbinding material; press moulding, perforation, printing, cardboard work

    8.5 x 8.8 x 35.3 cm

    Inscriptions on the labels: “Phonoliszt-Violina”, “36101”, “Madam Butterfly”, “G. Puccini”, “Hupfeld”, “MMM”


    Perforated paper roll designed to play the melody from the opera “Madame Butterfly” (Cio-Cio-san) by Giacomo Puccini is wrapped around “pin-end” standard spool (with metal semi-axes. One of them is rounded, the other one has radial ledges for fixing the playing device drive in the axis slot) with plastic flanges. The roll leader has triangular cut with the end glued with black leatherette with metal ring. Pink color label in artistic frame is on the roll cropped surface. It indicates the catalog number, the title of the work and the composer’s name. The perforated roll contains the coded record of the control actions sequence on the musical machine for the tunes playback. The roll is stored in a parallelepiped cardboard case consisting of white base and lid glued over with a burgundy binding material. Wooden inserts for fixing perforated rolls are fixed inside the case base. A label similar to that on the perforated roll is on the case flat end. Giacomo Puccini opera "Madame Butterfly” was created in 1903. In two acts and three parts. The libretto of was written by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa based on David Belasco's play “Geisha”. For the first time it was staged in the Teatro alla Scala on February 17, 1904. The performance failed, was revised and improved, staged on May 29 in the “Grande” theater in Brescia. The updated version was a great success with the public.
    Musical instrument: Orchestrion “Konzërt-Phonolist” (Phonoliszt-Violina Model B)”, Инв. 667/ММП.