Among the special rolls to be presented, is a rare-rare long-playing 1917 arrangement by the Arto Co., of New Jersey. This is AN AMERICAN BATTLE SCENE (The Civil War) by Theo. Moses-Tobani, better-known for "Hearts and Flowers", the saccharine sentimental tune - often featured in old cartoons of melodramatic parodies. In later years, this prolific composer-arranger churned out scores for "A Trip To Coney Island" and the "Battle of San Juan Hill", among other 'dramatic agitato' works.
This unusual roll uses the ENTIRE SCOPE OF THE PIANO - "all the keys" - with snippets of many familiar melodies floating in and out of the bugle calls, fiery chromatics and 'conflict' passages. The finale, which will signal the start of the fireworks display, features "The Star Spangled Banner" ... an arrangement so buried in trills and fantastic, impossible-to-play-by-hand ornamentation, that it will hold any listener, spellbound.
Also, to be featured, is the proposed National Anthem, composed in Maine: the 1917 "America The Beautiful March" ... the familiar poem by Katherine Bates, but set to score which sounds like Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance" or Meyerbeer's "Conoration March". This is an Interpretive Arrangement, perforated by Pianolist Douglas Henderson, originally published for the festival, which celebrated the restoration of The Statue of Liberty, in 1986.
Don't miss this 'extra' Pianola contribution to "The Glorious Fourth", at Searsport Shores, Maine! You've never seen or heard so many piano keys 'in motion'!
How often, when driving down a two-lane road, do you encounter a road sign like this?
Here's the announcement, seen closer up ...
The Concerts for 2002 – at Searsport Shores – feature VIRTUOSO PERFORMANCES on a 1929 Story & Clark 'Reprotone' upright player, and they are open to the public, as well as tenters, campers and RV travelers.
The Concert dates are: May 25, June 15, July 11, July 22, August 5 and September 1, 2002. The Mechanical Music Digest published a posting about Concert #1, which is on the Internet at this location, http://www.foxtail.com/Archives/Digests/200205/2002.05.28.03.html and Robert Skoglund, Maine's "humble farmer", whose National Public Radio program of 'Maine wit' and jazz music reaches many seeking "the unusual", is also mentioning this, our second season, of performances at scenic Searsport Shores.
Here's the sign which announced our 2nd musicale:
Each of the 3 programs will be repeated twice, during the '02 Season: Ragtime Music ... Gershwin/Art Deco melodies ... and spectacular Classical Music which was "written for", or can only be "performed by", the medium of the pneumatic Pianola.
You can receive a free printed brochure, simply by writing to ARTCRAFT Music Rolls, by PO or via E-Mail. This flyer has information which might interest those who cannot attend these evenings of spirited and expressive piano music.
ARTCRAFT Music Rolls
(L. Douglas Henderson, Prop.)
PO Box 295, Wiscasset, Maine 04578 USA — Tel.: (207) 882-7420
Home Page for ARTCRAFT
Archives of The ARTCRAFT Newsletters
Information about The Summer 'Pianola Concerts' at Searsport Shores
Biography of Mr. Henderson, published by Searsport Shores, on their own Website
The 1929 Reprotone player ... being loaded for another Concert Season: Check out this Illustrated page!
Searsport Shores Camping Resort: "The Maine Attraction!"