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One of the earliest oboe solo recordings – Petite Mignon, played by Caesar Addimando (1908).

Petite Mignon

Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 10011
Category Oboe solo
Title Petite Mignon
Performed by Caesar Addimando
Circa December 1908
Announcement "Oboe solo, Petite Mignon, by Caesar Addimando.  Edison record."

The only oboe solo Edison recorded on two-minute wax and one of the earliest commercial oboe solo recordings (preceded in 1905 by Zonophone disk recording #255).   Here, the instrument is recorded clearly but "thinly" – perhaps explaining why so few oboe cylinder records were made.

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10011   Petite Mignon Caesar Addimando
    A double novelty – an oboe solo by a new Edison artist, who is an acknowledged master of this sweet-toned instrument.   This is the first oboe selection we have listed.   Many prefer its quaint and dulcet tones to those of any other instrument.   The selection is a dainty classical recitative number, more favored, perhaps, than any other for oboe work.   Orchestra accompaniment; composer, M. Carman.
— October 1908 Edison Phonograph Monthly [announcing the December records]


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