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The Dawn of Recording: The Julius Block Cylinders ()

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composed by Alexander Dargomizhsky, Alexander Mikhajlovich Davydov, Anatol Lyadov, Anton Arensky, Anton Rubinstein, Benjamin Godard, César Cui, David Popper, Edvard Grieg, Egon Petri, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, Fritz Kreisler, Georges Bizet

Perhaps a more accurate, if not as catchy, title for Marston's The Dawn of Recording would have been "The Dawn of Classical Music Recording," as that's what this is; the earliest surviving substantial collection of classical music recordings, made by Russian businessman and phonographic hobbyist Julius Block. Block's circle included some of the most important musicians in late nineteenth century Russia: Sergey Taneyev, Anton Arensky, the young Josef Hofmann, novelist Leo Tolstoy, and even Tchaikovsky. Block moved to Berlin ...

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  1. Movement for violin & piano (or piano solo) in C minor (fragment), K. 396 (K. 385f)
  2. The Ball, fantasy in 10 numbers, for piano, Op. 14: Contredanse A, No. 3
  3. The Ball, fantasy in 10 numbers, for piano, Op. 14: Contredanse B, No. 3
  4. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Magic Fire Music
  5. Song Without Words for piano No. 17 in A minor, Op. 38/5
  6. Gavotte for piano No. 2 in G major, Op. 81
  7. Nocturne for piano No. 18 in E major, Op. 62/2, CT. 125
  8. Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212
  9. Carnaval No. 12 ("Chopin") for piano, Op. 9/12
  10. Carnaval No. 13 ("Estrella") for piano, Op. 9/13
  11. Concert paraphrase for piano of Tchaikovsky's ballet "Sleeping Beauty"
  12. Papillons, for piano
  13. Mazurka for piano No. 23 in D major, Op. 33/2, CT. 73
  14. Mazurka for piano No. 23 in D major, Op. 33/2, CT. 73
  15. Improvisation for piano in E flat major
  16. Improvisation for piano in A major
  17. Characteristic Pieces (24) for piano, Op. 36: No. 3. Nocturne in D flat
  18. Characteristic Pieces (24) for piano, Op. 36: No. 12. Intermezzo in F minor
  19. Characteristic Pieces (24) for piano, Op. 36: No. 5. Consolation in D
  20. Characteristic Pieces (24) for piano, Op. 36: No. 15. Le ruisseau dans la forêt in G
  21. Studies in Forgotten Rhythms, for piano, Op. 28: No. 3. Ioniques
  22. Studies in Forgotten Rhythms, for piano, Op. 28: No. 5. Strophe Alcéene
  23. An der Quelle, for piano, Op. 46/1
  24. Unidentified Track
  25. Characteristic Pieces (24) for piano, Op. 36: No. 13. Etude in F sharp
  26. Prelude for piano No. 8 in F sharp minor, Op. 28/8, CT. 173
  27. Chemin faisant, caprices (6) for piano, Op. 53: No. 1. En Courant in G flat
  28. Free Improvisation for piano
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  31. Unidentified Track
  32. Sonata for violin & piano, Op. 7: 2. Variation 4
  33. Etude for piano in F major, Op. 37
  34. Mazurka for piano No. 43 in G minor, Op. 67/2, CT. 93
  35. Piano Pieces (6), Op. 12: No. 3. Humoresque in F
  36. Tanzrhythmen, for piano, Op. 41: No. 3. Allegretto grazioso
  37. Tanzrhythmen, for piano, Op. 41: No. 2. Vivace molto
  38. Suite for piano four-hands
  39. Suite for 2 pianos No. 2 ("Silhouettes"), Op. 23: No. 1. Le Savant
  40. Suite for 2 pianos No. 2 ("Silhouettes"), Op. 23: No. 3. Polichinelle
  41. Suite for 2 pianos No. 2 ("Silhouettes"), Op. 23: No. 4. Le Rêveur
  42. Malagueña, for violin & piano, Op. 21/1
  43. Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: Minuet 1
  44. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  45. Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32: 1. Allegro moderato
  46. Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32: 2. Scherzo: Allegro molto
  47. Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32: 3. Elegie: Adagio
  48. Kaleidoscope, pieces (24) for violin & piano, Op. 50: Orientale
  49. Kaleidoscope, pieces (24) for violin & piano, Op. 50: Orientale
  50. Idomeneo, ballet music from the opera, for chamber orchestra, K. 367: Gavotte in G
  51. Spinning Song for cello & piano, Op. 55/1
  52. Schön Rosmarin, for violin & piano
  53. Variations on a Theme of Corelli, for violin & piano
  54. La chasse in the Style of Cartier, for violin & piano
  55. Andantino in the Style of Padre Martini, for violin & piano
  56. Liebesleid (Love's Sorrow), for violin & piano
  57. Minuet for violin & piano in F major (after Haydn's Symphony No. 96): Minuet in F
  58. Minuet for violin & piano in G major (after Beethoven's Minuet for piano, WoO 10/2)
  59. Waldszenen No. 7 ("Vogel als Prophet"), for piano, Op. 82/7: Vogel als Prophet
  60. Pieces (4) for violin & piano, Op. 28: No. 3. Berceuse
  61. Passacaglia and Sarabande with variations for violin & viola in G major, Op. 20/2 (after Handel): Passacaglia
  62. Work(s): Spiritual Concert
  63. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Quando rapito
  64. Ernani, opera: Ernani, involiami
  65. La zingara ("Fra l'erbe cosparse"), arietta for voice & piano
  66. At the Fountain, song
  67. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  68. Vlyublen ya, deva-krasota (I am in love, fair maiden), for voice & piano
  69. Sturmewinde, song for voice & piano, Op. 27/9
  70. Don Juan's Serenade, song for voice & pi
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