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When Music Was Mechanical

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 70 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

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Charles Amirkhanian takes a tour of a show on mechanical musical instruments at the Oakland Museum, which ran from Dec. 16, 1972 thru Feb. 4, 1973. Charles is joined by Gretchen Schneider, Asst. Curator of History, who describes the show, which took almost 2 years to plan and included over 80 instruments representing a cross section of all different device types since the turn of century. Some of the instruments discussed and demonstrated include, the Lyon & Healy Empress Electric Orchestrion, the Wurlitzer Model 165 Band Organ, a Barrel Organ, the Violano Virtuoso, and the Turnaphone, among others.

Musical Selections:  [numerous unidentified pieces] -- Menuet in G Major / Ignace Jan Paderewski -- Flight of the Bumblebee / Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov -- We're in the Money
Performers:  Phil Ohman, (We're in the Money)
Genres:  Unconventional Instruments; Mechanical Music
Subject:  Mechanical musical instruments; Player piano music; Player piano; Orchestrion; Wurlitzer organ; Barrel organ; Violano-virtuoso ; Music box; Mechanical singing-bird boxes; Mechanical organs; Mechanical pianos; Piano music (Ragtime)
People:  Schneider, Gretchen ; Amirkhanian, Charles ; Nancarrow, Conlon, 1912-1997 ; Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay, 1844-1908; Warren, Harry, 1893-1981 ; Ohman, Phil, 1896-1954 ; Rachmaninoff, Sergei, 1873-1943 ; Paderewski, Ignace Jan, 1860-1941
Recording Date:  1/23/1973
First Broadcast Date:  1/25/1973
 
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