Paper Music Rolls and Folded Cardboard Book-music

Paper music roll No.4 “La Java de gangsters”

    Paper music roll No.4 “La Java de gangsters”



    Composer: Steurs Jean, Melfi Mario. Author: Fred Pearly, CREATONAL. Fabrique d'orchestrion et de Musique perforée

    Paper, cardboard, metal, plastic; perforation, printing

    8 x 9 x 35.3 cm, music roll width - 28.85 cm

    Inscriptions on the case and roll labels: “Rouieau CREATONAL Pour MIRELLA/ No 4/ 24,3 mt”, “1. La Java de gangsters/Steurs”, “2. Rita/Java/Melfi”, “3. N’amusez pas le sergent de la ville/One step/Calabrese”, “Retire-tu tes lunettes?/One step/Pearly”. Overprint on the roll: “CREATONAL Fabrique d’orchestrion et de Musique perforée CH – 1032 Romanel”


    Paper roll 28.85 cm wide is wound on pin-end spool (with metal semi-axes, one is rounded, the other one has radial protrusions for fixing in the slot of the playing device drive axis), with plastic flanges; roll leader is cut angle wise with the end covered with thin plastic and with wire loop. Narrow-framed yellow label indicates the catalog number, the roll length, musical pieces titles, music styles and names of the composers. The music roll has 67 perforated tracks with encoded sequence of stimulus command on musical instruments for playing a certain melody. Paper music roll is stored in parallelepiped-shaped cardboard case, composed of white base and lid. Label similar to the label on the paper music roll is on the lid flat end. 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. Four musical orchestrations popular in the 1920s and the 1930s are encoded on the roll: “La Java de gangsters” by Belgian accordionist Jean Steurs (1901-1968), French mazurka “Rita” by the Argentine composer Mario Melfi (1905-1970), “N'amusez pas le sergent de la ville” Calabrese, one-step “Retire-tu tes lunettes? "by the French harmonist, composer, author of several hundred musical pieces Fred Pearly (1885-1972).
    Music player: Musical automaton ”Accordeo-boy” (476/ММП).