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From 1903, a fine recording – on a 5-inch diameter Edison "concert" wax cylinder – of the Scarecrow Dance, performed by the Edison Symphony Orchestra.

Scarecrow Dance

Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 8485 (5" diameter)
Category Orchestra
Title Scarecrow Dance
Performed by Edison Symphony Orchestra
Circa September 1903
Announcement "Scarecrow Dance, played by the Edison Symphony Orchestra."

Enjoy this fun "characteristic" band piece.   In advertising this selection, the August 1903 Edison Phonograph Monthly remarked:

"The Edison Symphony Orchestra has two more of its well-executed Records in the [September] list, Nos. 8485 and 8492.   The first is "The Scarecrow Dance," and its music is characteristic of its title.   It is written by Justus Ringelben."

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Interested in learning more about and hearing other examples of 5-inch "concert"-sized wax cylinder recordings?

Key Title Category Performed by Circa
08/2001 The Absent-Minded Beggar Standard poem Harry Spencer 1900
05/1997 All the Silver in the Silvery Moon Comic song Billy Williams 1911
12/2007 The story of Cinderella Talking William Jefferson (Len Spencer) 1899
01/1999 Everybody Works But Father Song Bob Roberts 1905
07/2000 Glorious Beer Tenor solo Dan W. Quinn 1899
03/1997 The Grand March from Tannhauser Band Edison Grand Concert Band 1899
07/2003 In the Good Old Summer Time Song William Redmond 1902
09/2011 The Nightingale and the Frog Piccolo solo Edison Symphony Orchestra 1902
01/2007 Pilgrim's Chorus from Tannhauser Band Gilmore's Band 1901
01/2011 Ragtime Medley Banjo solo Vess L. Ossman 1900
08/2006 Second Connecticut March Band Edison Concert Band 1899
07/2002 Stars and Stripes Forever March Band Sousa's Band 1901
09/2014 The Wedding of the Reuben and the Maid Duet Arthur Collins & Joseph Natus 1901


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