Edison Foreign Releases--Cylindres Edison Moulés
Sur Or and Edison Goldguss Walze
In addition to the Gold-Moulded recordings, which were recorded and manufactured
in the United States, Edison recorded and released cylinders from offices
in London, Paris, and Berlin. While many foreign cylinders were issued
in the United States in series such as Edison's British,
series, cylinders were also recorded and manufactured overseas in several
markets, including France and Germany. Much less is known about Edison's
overseas operations and cylinders than the U.S. cylinders.
Our first foreign series is a group of releases recorded in Paris from
approximately 1904 to 1909 under the name "Cylindres
Edison Moulés Sur Or." Although some of these recordings were
popular commercial tunes sung in French, the vast majority were operatic
arias and short classical works, such as the selection above, sung by
the famous French tenor
Lucien Muratore, which is accompanied by its original box--presumably
what one would have found in a turn-of-the-century Parisian music store.
There are approximately 100 French releases in the UCSB collection.
Berlin supplied the Edison company with dozens of German-language cylinder
recordings from around 1902 to 1912. In addition to popular songs of the
day, the "Edison
Goldguss Walze" cylinders, like their French counterparts, showcased
operatic arias performed by European singers. Interestingly, the Goldguss
Walze series also includes numerous German comedy sketches, which are
featured in the cylinder radio show Deutsche
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