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From 1895, cornetist David B. Dana performs Evening Star, the pilgrims' chorus from Tannhauser.

Evening Star - Tannhauser
Company United States Phonograph Company
Cylinder # None
Category Cornet solo
Title Evening Star - Tannhauser
Performed by David B. Dana
Circa 1895
Announcement "Cornet solo, Evening Star, from the opera Tannhauser, played by Mr. D. B. Dana."
David B. Dana, ca. 1899

David B. Dana's recordings were very popular during this period due to their being clearly recorded.   In fact, the cornet was a favorite in early recording sessions because its acoustic power generally made for loud records.   Note how the announcer's voice, who undoubtedly was speaking loudly, compares to the volume of the cornet.

To hear Evening Star  —

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Cornet Solos by David B. Dana.

Mr. Dana's work is remarkable for its sympathetic musical quality.

— 1895 United States Phonograph Company catalog

— This cylinder of the month is from the collection of  Kurt Nauck —


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