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This month: An early brown wax recording of a most unusual nature from 1892, The Esquimaux Dance.
|Company||New Jersey Phonograph Company|
|Title||The Esquimaux Dance|
|Performed by||William Tuson|
|Announcement||"The Esquimaux Dance This is a religious rite performed by Esquimaux after the rising of the sun."|
It is difficult to overstate the oddness of a piece written for clarinet, piano, anvil, and dog.
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Although one would expect these smaller cylinders to generally contain shorter recordings, they were oftentimes recorded at fewer revolutions per minute (RPM). Whereas a standard-sized cylinder of this era might typically be recorded in the 115 to 130-RPM range, a cuff-length cylinder might run from 90 to 125-RPM. In this case, The Esquimaux Dance appears to have been recorded at 102-RPM.
The 1892 New Jersey Phonograph Company record catalog shows a list of 20 clarinet solos, "by the popular soloist and composer, Mr. William M. Tuson", concluding with the following entry:
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