Paper Music Rolls and Folded Cardboard Book-music

Paper music roll No.21 “Emilienne”

    Paper music roll No.21 “Emilienne”



    Composers: Oberfeld Kazimierz Jerzy, Petersburski Jerzy, Vacher Émile, CREATONAL. Fabrique d'orchestrion et de Musique perforée

    Paper, cardboard, metal, plastic; perforation, printing

    8 x 9 x 35.3, width 28.85 cm

    Inscriptions on the case and roll labels: “Rouieau CREATONAL Pour MIRELLA/ No 21/ 24,9 mt”, “1. Emilienne/One step/Oberfeld”, “2. C’est pas Paris, c’est parisien/Foxtrot/Oberfeld”, “3. O donna Clara/Tango” “4. Reine de Musette/Valse”. 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 playing device drive axis slot), with plastic flanges; the roll leader is cut angle wise with the end covered with thin plastic and equipped with a wire loop. Narrow-framed yellow label on the roll leader with the catalog number, the roll length, tunes titles, musical styles and the composers’ names. 67 perforated tracks are on the roll with encoded sequence of stimulus commands on musical instruments for playing a certain melody. The paper music roll is stored in cardboard parallelepiped –shaped case, composed of white bottom and lid. The labels on the lid and on the roll are similar. 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 compositions “Emilienne” and “C'est pas Paris, c'est parisien” were written by the French composer Kazimierz Jerzy Oberfeld (1903 - 1945) for the film “La bande à Bouboule”, which was released in 1931. “Oh, Donna Clara” is the German title for the tango popular up to the present time, written by the famous Polish composer, pianist, author of the distinctive songs “The Wearied Sun” and “The Blue Headscarf”, Jerzy Petersburski (April 20, 1895 - October 7, 1979) in 1928. “Reine de Musette” (“Queen Musette”) is a popular waltz by Émile Vacher (May 7, 1883 -April 8, 1969), French accordionist, singer and one of the Musette genre establishers.
    Music player: Musical automaton ”Accordeo-boy” (476/ММП).