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From 1905, a fine cornet solo recording of the 1899 hit song Oh, Promise Me by Bohumir Kryl.

Oh, Promise Me
Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 9005
Category Cornet solo
Title Oh, Promise Me
Performed by Bohumir Kryl
Circa June 1905
Announcement "Cornet solo, Oh Promise Me, played by Bohumir Kryl.  Edison record."

Able to produce a clear, loud recording, the cornet – long a favorite instrument for early sound recordings, even from the earliest tinfoil recordings – here well played by Kryl (and without "pyrotechnic playing" - see review, below).

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    No. 9005, "Oh, Promise Me," is a cornet solo by Bohumir Kryl, with orchestral accompaniment, that will doubtless be in great demand, because it is played along simple lines and with none of the pyrotechnic playing that artists of Mr. Kryl's ability are wont to indulge in. "Oh, Promise Me," was written by Reginald De Koven, and it has attained a place in musical ballads that will live for many years. The selection is listed in response to the popular demand that Mr. Kyrl should play something in the melody line. The pure tone with which he plays this beautiful song will find many enthusiastic admirers.
— May 1905 Edison Phonograph Monthly [announcing the June records]


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