Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina Rollography and “Reference Set” Recut Roll Project

The complete catalog of all 933 music rolls ever originally produced by Hupfeld for the Phonoliszt-Violina:

Catalog Sorted by Roll Number

Catalog Sorted by Composer

and “Reference Set” Recut-Roll Collection

This was a 3-year project from 2013 to 2016 during which over 700 rolls out of the 933 ever produced, were located in over 20 private collections and museums. In an exquisite example of collector generosity, all requests to borrow original rolls were honored allowing me to listen to them and select the best 250 based on musicality, arranging quality, fitness for the PV and historical importance of the pieces. Extreme care was exercised in recutting with precision results. 20 sets were produced. The catalog is here, with innovative comments on many of the tunes:

A Selection of Phonoliszt-Violina Music Recordings

250-roll Catalog Sorted by Roll Number

250-roll Catalog Sorted by Composer

Catalog Notes:          

  • Just after the roll # is a roll length indicator (approximate),
    I = 5 – 13.9 meters; II = 14 – 23.9 meters; III = longer than 24 meters
  • The year indicated is the first catalog year in which the roll appeared.
  • The English translations are mine. Corrections are invited!
  • Composer names are sorted last name first

There are 30 roll numbers sprinkled throughout this list on which there is no catalog appearance and either were never made or if you find one not listed here, please send the label info to me.
The Rolls were issued in seven series:

31,000 Romantic Music 37.000 Popular Music and Dances
33,000 Parlor Music 38,000 Classic and Modern
35,000 Automatic Rolls 39,000 Dances and Marches
36,000 Opera and Light Opera  40,000  not original – place keeper for unmarked rolls

Contact Rick@AspenVenture.com for comments or corrections