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This month: From 1905, the dramatic Transformation Scene from "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" as rendered by Len Spencer.
|Company||Columbia Phonograph Company|
|Category||Talking with orchestra accompaniment|
|Title||Transformation Scene from "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"|
|Performed by||Len Spencer|
|Announcement||"The Transformation Scene from 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' by Len Spencer."|
"This tragic scene from the last act of the play depicts the final
transformation of Dr. Jekyll into the demon Hyde, and his subsequent
death by his own hand. The ringing of the chimes and pealing of
the organ lend realism to the intensely thrilling climax."
1906 Columbia Phonograph Company catalog
Surprising to many will be Spencer's pronunciation of Jekyll ("gee-kill" rather than "jek-el").
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Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), famous for his Treasure Island, wrote Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in 1886.
A mini-biography of Stevenson, as well as an online version of his Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is available courtesy of Bibliomania. Another online version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is available courtesy of MasterTexts.
Also of interest is a commentary on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde written by Patrick Nelson.
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