Paper Music Rolls and Folded Cardboard Book-music

Paper music roll No 38086 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart “Quintett A”

    Paper music roll No 38086 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart “Quintett A”

    Germany, Rüdesheim am Rhein

    The 1990s

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Mechanical Musicboxes Manufactury GmbH

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

    8 x 8.8 x 35.3 cm

    Inscriptions on the labels: “PHONOLISZT – VIOLINA”, “No 38086 Quintett A – La (Köch. Verz. 581 Largnetto W. A. Mozart”, “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 recording of the second part (Larghetto) of the quintet in A-major KV.581 for clarinet and strings, which Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed in Vienna, and finished on September 29, 1789. Anton Stadler (1753–1812), one of the very first performers who equated a clarinet with other solo instruments, played the clarinet part at a concert given to support the Retired musicians’ fund.

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