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For September 2000 . . .

This month:   From 1905, the dramatic Transformation Scene from "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" as rendered by Len Spencer.


Transformation Scene from "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"
Company Columbia Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 32604
Category Talking with orchestra accompaniment
Title Transformation Scene from "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"
Performed by Len Spencer
Circa 1905
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").


To hear the Transformation Scene from "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"  —

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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.



— This cylinder of the month is from the collection of  Art Guenther —

                                       


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