Paper Music Rolls and Folded Cardboard Book-music

Paper music roll No 36148 Giacomo Puccini Fantasy from “La Bohème” opera

    Paper music roll No 36148 Giacomo Puccini Fantasy from “La Bohème” opera

    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 x 9 x 35.3 cm

    Inscriptions on the labels: “Phonoliszt-Violina”, “36148”, “La Bohème”, “Giacomo Puccini”, “Hupfeld”, “MMM”


    Perforated paper roll designed to play the fantasy from the opera “La Bohème” 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 roll contains the coded record of the control actions sequence on the musical machine for the tune 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 “La Bohème” was created in 1903. It brought the composer the world fame. The premiere of the opera took place on February 1, 1896 in the Teatro Regio in Turin. Currently, together with the opera Tosca, it is one of the most popular operas in the world.

    Musical instrument: Orchestrion “Konzërt-Phonolist” (Phonoliszt-Violina Model B)”, Инв.667/ММП.