Paper Music Rolls and Folded Cardboard Book-music

Piano music roll 6878 G. Gershwin “Rhapsodie in Blue”

    Piano music roll 6878 G. Gershwin “Rhapsodie in Blue”

    Great Britain, London

    The 1920s

    Author and performer: Gershwin George, The Aeolian Company

    Wood, paper, cardboard, plastic; perforation, printing, cardboard works

    Width of the roll 28.58 cm

    Inscriptions on the label: “DUO - ART / THE AEOLIAN CO., LTD / LONDON / 6878 / Rhapsodie in Blue / Andantino and Finale / PART II / G. Gershwin / Played by composer / MADE IN GREAT BRITAIN ”. Inscriptions on the roll inside the vignette: “6378 / Rhapsodie in Blue / Andantino and Finale / PART II / G. Gershwin / Played by composer / The Aeolian Company, Limited / London and New York ". Stamp inscription: “London. Chappel & Co. Ltd.”. On the box cover sticker: “Played by G Gershwin” and pencil mark.


    Paper music roll 28.58 cm wide is wound on a spool with American standard plastic flanges (with guiding grooves for fixing in the drive mechanism – spool box). The roll leader with triangular cut, with the end glued with leatherette of olive color with metal wire ring. Artistic vignette with the image of acanthus leaves and fruit with a medallion, which features the catalog number, title of the work, composer and performer, company name and large inscription below: “DUO - ART” is on the cut field surface. The stamp of the London music publisher is stuck on the cut field surface. The music roll contains the expression line and perforation - encoded recording of a sequence of control actions for musical instrument to reproduce the author's arrangement of the second part of “Rhapsody in Blue” by the famous American composer George Gershwin (1898—1937) in the author's performance. The music roll is stored in the parallelepiped-shaped box made of cardboard, composed of bottom and cover, pasted over with embossed gray paper. The label similar to the label on the roll is on cover flat end. The sticker with the performer’s name in the frame is on the cover upper side. Musical instrument: reproducing grand piano "Steinway Duo-Art”, Инв. 1005. “Rhapsody in Blue” for piano and orchestra is one of the famous works by the American composer George Gershwin. The Rhapsody was first performed by the author on February 12, 1924, in New York, accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. The author's arrangement for piano is recorded on the music roll. The recording was made in May 1925.