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From 1898, musical highlights from a now-obscure comic opera Olivette.

Selections from Olivette
Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 82
Category Band
Title Selections from Olivette
Performed by Edison Grand Concert Band
Circa 1898
Announcement "Selections from Olivette, played by Edison's Grand Concert Band."

Enjoy this nearly forgotten but catchy music from Edmond Audran's 1879 three-act comic opera Les noces d'Olivette - or simply "Olivette" as it was known in the English adaptation.

This recording was possibly released in anticipation of the opera's early-1899 New York revival, and carries the brash sound (typical of this period) of a copy produced by pantograph from a 5" diameter master.

To hear Selections from Olivette  

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To learn more about Olivette, see this article courtesy of Wikipedia.


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