Paper Music Rolls and Folded Cardboard Book-music

Paper music roll No.16“Folie d’accordeon”

    Paper music roll No.16“Folie d’accordeon”



    Composers: Puig Manuel, Lope Gonzalo, Paté André, CREATONAL, Fabrique d'orchestrion et de Musique perforée

    Paper, cardboard, plastic, metal; perforation, printing

    8 x 9 x 35.3 cm, width 28.85 cm

    Inscriptions on the case and roll labels : “Rouieau CREATONAL Pour MIRELLA/ No 16/ 24,6 mt”, “1. Folie d’accordeon/Valse/Puig”, “2. El Galito/Paso doble/Lopé”, “3. Envolement/Java/Pate”, “4. La Miglivacca/Java/Pate”. Overprint on the roll: “CREATONAL Fabrique d’orchestrion et de Musique perforée CH – 1032 Romanel”


    Paper roll 28.85 cm wide is wound around pin-end spool (with metal semi-axes, one is rounded, the other one has radial protrusions for fixing in the slot of a playing device drive axis), with plastic flanges; triangular cut leader of the paper music roll, covered with thin plastic and equipped with wire loop. Yellow label in narrow frame on music roll leader contains the catalog number, the roll length, musical pieces titles, musical styles and names of the composers. The roll has 67 perforated tracks that present the encoded sequence of stimulus commands on musical instruments for a certain melody playback. The roll is stored in parallelepiped shaped cardboard case, comprised of white base and lid. A label on the lid flat end is similar to the label on the paper music roll.  The paper music roll repertoire is comprised of the Musette genre pieces - the style of musical performance on accordion. The peculiarity of the style is in the tenuity of dance melodies along with the sequence of accordion passages. The French mazurka “java”, waltz, tango, polka, Paso-doble are the quintessential representatives of the Musette style. The arrangements of four popular pre-war French tunes are encoded on the paper music roll. “Folie d'accordeon” (“Dreams of the Accordion”), waltz by the French musician, composer and ensemble leader Manuel Puig. “El Galito” (“Cockerel”), Paso- doble of the Spanish musician and composer Santiago Lope Gonzalo. “Envolement” and “La Miglivacca” - two French mazurkas by “java” composer André Paté.
    Music player: Musical automaton ”Accordeo-boy” (476/ММП).