Paper Music Rolls and Folded Cardboard Book-music

Paper music roll No 37324 Franz Lehar “Ich hol’ dir Himmel das Blau”

    Paper music roll No 37324 Franz Lehar “Ich hol’ dir Himmel das Blau”

    Germany, Rüdesheim am Rhein

    the 1990s

    Franz Legar, Mechanical Musicboxes Manufactury GmbH

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

    8 х 9 х 35.3 cm

    Inscriptions on the labels: “PHONOLISZT – VIOLINA”, No 37324 “Ich hol’ dir Himmel das Blau”, “Lied und Slow – Fox”, “Franz Léhar”, “Hupfeld”, “MMM”


    Perforated paper roll 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.

    The roll contains a coded the recording of the fragment “Ich hol’ dir Himmel das Blau” from Franz Lehár operetta The Merry Widow (Germ. Die lustige Witwe).

    The operetta in three acts by the Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Lehar. It was first staged at Theater an der Wien on December 30, 1905. Libretto by Viktor Leon and Leo Stein, based on the comedy by the French dramatist and opera librettist Henri Meilhac, Attaché from the Embassy (L’attaché d’ambassade, 1862).

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