October 2004
Cylinder of the Month

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A fine recording by the French Pathé Orchestra performing La Mattchiche from 1905.

La Mattchiche
Company Pathé Frères Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 7206 (3½" diameter)
Category Orchestra (Marche populaire)
Title La Mattchiche
Performed by l'Orchestre Pathé Frères
Circa 1905-1906
Announcement "Pathé Frères Orchestre (or-KES'-{tre}), La Mattchiche."

This Spanish walk (proto-samba dance) number was written in 1905 by Charles Borel-Clerc (1879-1959).   Also known as "La Sorella", this well-recorded Pathé brothers selection was marketed as a 'popular march'.

Fifty years later, the tune was revived as Passepartout's theme in the 1956 movie "Around the World in Eighty Days".

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This recording is on a Pathé 3½" 'salon' size cylinder.   See the October 2002 Cylinder of the Month for more on this interesting cylinder format.

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— This cylinder of the month is from the collection of  Stan Stanford —


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