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Classical Instrumental

Menuett G flat major & Valse bluette
Performed by: Kathleen Parlow - violin ; George Falkenstein - piano
Composed by: Ludwig von Beethoven
Record format: Edison Amberol cylinder
Release number: 4M-28026 (..6)
Release date: September 1912
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 36520

Hungarian rhapsody no. 2 - part 1
Performed by: Edison Concert Band
Composed by: Franz Liszt
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 2567-A-1-2 [7-1]
Recording date: 1913
Release number: 80135-R
Release date: August 1914
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 43462

William Tell overture - part 2
Performed by: Sodero's Band
Composed by: G. Rossini
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 5577-A-7-1
Recording date: 1917
Release number: 80128-L
Release date: March 1914
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 43455

Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 3
Performed by: Sergie Rachmaninoff - piano
Composed by: Sergie Rachmaninoff
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 6742-C-2-3 [2-1]
Recording date: 1919
Release number: 82187-R
Release date: December 1920
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 73898

The debutante - caprice brillante
Performed by: Edna White - trumpet
Composed by: Herbert L. Clarke
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 7682-A-1-1
Recording date: 1920
Release number: 80650-R
Release date: September 1921
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 41889

Ride of the Valkyries - from "Die Valkyrie"
Performed by: American Symphony Orchestra
Composed by: Richard Wagner
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 7846-B-1-6
Recording date: 1921
Release number: 80638-R
Release date: December 1921
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 41877

Moonlight sonata
Performed by: Bellini Ensemble Unique
Composed by: Lugwig Von Beethoven
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 10036-A-1-4
Recording date: 1924
Release number: 80806-R
Release date: November 1924
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 41945

Extracts from the ballet- suite Scherazada, part 1
Performed by: American Concert Orchestra
Composed by: N. Rimsky-Korsakow
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 10335-C-1-1
Recording date: April 28, 1925
Release number: 80833-R
Release date: July 1925
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 43889

Slavonic dance, no.1
Performed by: Carl Flesch - violin, Kurt Ruhrseitz - piano
Composed by: Antonin Dvorak, Fritz Kreisler
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 10866-A-1-3
Recording date: March 5, 1926
Release number: 80878-L
Release date: February 1927
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 43934

Clair de lune- suite Bergamasque
Performed by: Hotel Commodore Ensemble, directed by Bernhard Levitow
Composed by: Claude Debussey
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 11809-A-1-3
Recording date: July 21, 1927
Release number: 52079-L
Release date: October 1927
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 40629

Trio no. 1 in B flat, part 1-1st movement- allegro moderato, Op. 99
Performed by: The New York Trio
Composed by: Schubert
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc test pressing
Matrix number: 18527-A-1-1
Recording date: May 23, 1928
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 80125

Two etudes: Etude nouvelle in A flat & Etude in C major, Op. 10, no. 1
Performed by: Moriz Rosenthal - piano
Composed by: Frederic Chopin
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc test pressing
Matrix number: 19145-A-1-2
Recording date: April 4, 1929
Release number: 82353-L
Release date: October 1929
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 44236

Quartet in G, 1st movement- part 1
Performed by: Roth String Quartet
Composed by: Mozart
Record format: Edison Needle Type disc test pressing
Matrix number: N-1195-A-1-1
Recording date: October 10, 1929
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 84282


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Did You Know?

The talking doll that Edison sold had a ceramic head and metal body.

Was Teddy Ruxpin the first talking doll? Think again. Some of the first phonographs that Thomas made were actually talking dolls. The dolls were 18" tall and each had a very small phonograph in its body. The dolls repeated nursery rhymes. You could even buy dolls that spoke different languages.