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An Evening of Player Pianos

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 105 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Blues, pop and classical music is heard performed on two 50 year old player pianos. Charles Amirkhanian and Bill Schechner are guests in the home of Sally and Dale Lawrence and are invited to paw through 700 rolls, and play as many as possible. Amirkhanian and Schechner also interview Dick Rutlinger & Mel Luccetti, who are both members of the Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors Association (AMICA).

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Song of India / Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov -- American in Paris: Part 2 / George Gershwin -- Music of the Spheres [part 5 of "Winterreigen"] / Ernő Dohnanyi
Genre:  Mechanical Music
Subject:  Player piano; Player piano music; Mechanical pianos; Popular music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles ; Schechner, Bill ; Lawrence, Sally; Lawrence, Dale; Rutlinger, Dick ; Luccetti, Mel ; Gershwin, George, 1898-1937; Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay, 1844-1908; Dohnányi, Ernő, 1877-1960
Recording Date:  10/7/1972
First Broadcast Date:  10/11/1972
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Yes, We Have No Bananas / Silver & Cohn -- Temptation Rag / Henry Lodge -- If you knew Susie (1925) / DeSylva & Meyer -- Stumbling (1922) / Zez Confrey -- [unidentified piece] -- Ain't We Got Fun (1901) / Kahn, Egan & Whiting -- Scherzo Humoristique: The Cat and The Mouse / Aaron Copland -- Down When the Sun Goes Down -- Some Little Bird
Performers:  Lee Sims, (Down When the Sun Goes Down)
Genre:  Mechanical Music
Subject:  Player piano; Player piano music; Mechanical pianos; Popular music; Piano music (Ragtime)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles ; Schechner, Bill ; Lawrence, Sally; Lawrence, Dale; Rutlinger, Dick ; Luccetti, Mel ; Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990; Lodge, Henry, 1884-1933; Confrey, Zez, 1895-1971; Sims, Lee; DeSylva, BG ; Meyer, Joseph ; Kahn, Gus, 1886-1941 ; Egan, Raymond B., 1890-1952; Whiting, Richard A., 1891-1938
Recording Date:  10/7/1972
First Broadcast Date:  10/11/1972
 
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