Paper Music Rolls and Folded Cardboard Book-music

Paper music roll No 36034 “Potpourri” from the opera “Lohengrin” by Richard Wagner

    Paper music roll No 36034 “Potpourri” from the opera “Lohengrin” by Richard Wagner

    Germany, Rüdesheim am Rhein

    The 1990s

    Richard Wilhelm Wagner, 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”, “36034”, “Lohengrin”, “Potpourim”, “Wagner”, “Hupfeld”, “MMM”


    Perforated paper roll designed to play the Richard Wagner “Potpourri” from the opera “Lohengrin”, is wrapped around the “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. Richard Wagner opera "Lohengrin" based on the author's libretto was created in the period from 1845 to 1848. For the first time it was staged by Ferencz Liszt in August 1850 in Weimar.
    Musical instrument: Orchestrion “Konzërt-Phonolist” (Phonoliszt-Violina Model B)”, Инв. 667/ММП.