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Holiday Selections from by The Cylinder Archive

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Recorded:Jan 1st, 1904 - Jul 10th, 1922

These cylinder recordings were originally transferred as part of an online project started in 1998 by Norman Bruderhofer, a phonograph collector and audio preservationist from Berlin. Check out his website and his full collection at the Internet Archive.


Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen (1908): A beautiful German Christmas traditional, performed by the local Edison-Quartett in Berlin 1908 and released as Edison Gold Moulded #15955. Two English translations are known as "Lo, how a rose e'er blooming" and "A Spotless Rose is growing". [via] To learn more about this song:

If Winter comes (July 10, 1922): A nice winter fox trot title with vocal refrain. [via]

O du fröhliche, o du selige Weihnachtszeit (1906):This Christmas carol was recorded in the Berlin Edison Studios in 1906, performed by the Nebe-Quartett. It was lead by Carl Nebe who died soon after in 1908. He made the vast majority of the German announcements on Edison with his very distinctive wrong pronunciation of Edison's name. In Germany this carol is within the top 5 along with Silent Night (Stille Nacht) today. [via]

O, Tannebaum (O, Christmas Tree): One of the top three Christmas songs known in Germany. This cylinder was recorded in August 1905 in Berlin, Germany and is announced by Carl Nebe with his very distinctive wrong pronunciation of Edison's name. From the collection of the German Museum of Technology, Berlin [via]

Excerpt from Wikipedia: The best known version was written in 1824 by the Leipzig organist, teacher and composer Ernst Anschütz. The melody is an old folk tune. The first known "Tannenbaum" song lyrics date back to 1550.

Scrooge's Awakening (1904): A British Christmas carroll selection on a Sterling Cylinder Record #276 from ca. 1904. [via]

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht: The most famous Christmas carol (Silent Night), on a German cylinder record from circa 1906. A real nice version! [via]

Winter - a great theme tune by Billy Murray with chorus and orchestra accompaniment, released on Edison Amberol #863 and recorded in August 1911. [via]

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ottomorrison on 02/14/12 at 02:50AM
was mine grosseltern gesungen haben
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