'Quick List' of ARTCRAFT Music Rolls

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DUO-ART Music Rolls:

This list of acclaimed ARTCRAFT Music Rolls should interest any owner of the versatile Duo-Art 'reproducing' player. While utilizing only 80 of the 88 keys of the piano scale (since the margins contain 'expression commands' which activate the ingenious 'dynamic' mechanism) ... all Duo-Art rolls can be played on standard pedal-players and competing brands of 'reproducing' pianos. It's as simple as taping over the top/bottom 4 holes on the tracker bar scale, using the 3-M 'Magic Plus' removable tape. The ARTCRAFT Studio regularly performs Welte-Mignon (Licensee), 'Recordo', Ampico and other 'reproducing' rolls on the 2 Steinway player grands: a Duo-Art "AR" electric instrument ... and a pedal "O" standard Pianola. Since the 'note score' is the most important part of any music roll, the dedicated enthusiast should "bypass" the expression and enjoy the music - if there is no ARTCRAFT edition for a particular brand of piano. [Note: if you get told by an expert? that your 'reproducing' player uses only the rolls made for it, you've received some improper advice! Most old commercial 'reproducing' rolls were retrofitted from standard 88-Note arrangements which were already on the market!]

If you have a Duo-Art Pianola in your household, here's an array of titles that will really "show off" your instrument, using the full dynamic range (when needed) and featuring pedal shadings which transcend the old factory-formula methods. Most of these rolls have been performed for audiences in the concert hall, so will more than meet your requirements for an artistic performance.

BLUE MONDAY - A One-Act 'Jazz' Opera (1922) -George Gershwin- $45.00
BRAZILIAN SUITE: Gaucho, Amena Resada, Odéon -Conchita Gonzaga & Ernesto Nazareth- $26.00
BY STRAUSS - "The Show Is On" (1936) -George Gershwin- $24.50
CANTATA #147: Chorale - 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring' (1935 Two-Piano arr. by Myra Hess) -J. S. Bach- $22.50
CHESTER The CAT One-Step ILLUSTRATED Roll (1991) -Ian Whitcomb- $23.50
THE CHICAGO MARCH ILLUSTRATED Roll (1909) -Sawyer- $25.00
CHOPINATA Fox Trot Fantasie (1927) -Clément Doucet- $25.00
ELLINGTON MEDLEY: Mood Indigo and Sophisticated Lady (1931,1933) -Duke Ellington- $25.00
FANFARE for ORGAN -Nicolas Lemmens- $20.50
FATA-MORGANA Austrian Tone Poem -Ferdinand Lang- $22.50
FLIGHT of The BUMBLE BEE and BUMBLE BOOGIE -Rimsky-Korsakov- $25.00
FOR KANSAS CITY Ragtime Rhapsody -David Thomas Roberts- $25.00
GOING TO PIECES One-Step (1915) -Karl Kaffer- $25.00
LINNMANIA-MARSEILLAISE Fantasie Grotesque for Pianola (1989) -Björn Linnman- $31.50
LION TAMER RAG (1913) Based on a performance by Mark Lutton -Janza- $25.00
THE MADAWASKA RAG (1918) -Charles Martin- $21.50
THE MEADOW LARK Rag (1916) -Thomas Pitts- $21.00
MERENGUE Concert Etude for Piano (1990) -Frank French- $23.50
MEPHISTO WALTZ No. 1 (Original Version) Metrostyle Duo-Art Roll -Franz Liszt- $34.00
MISS MISCHIEF - Dedicated to Shirley Temple (1937) -Ferde Grofé- $22.50
NEW CASTLE HOUSE Medley: Fashion Rag, The Castle Walk, Dengozo-Cohen, Europe & Nazareth- $26.00
NEW "PINK TEA" Fox Trot Re-Mastered by L. Douglas Henderson -Edna Bentz- $18.50
ON THE TRAIL - "The Grand Canyon Suite" (1932) -Ferde Grofé- $28.00
ONE FOR NORMA Ragtime Intermezzo (1976) -Max Morath- $21.50
THE OYSTER SHIMMY (1992) A Homage to Jelly Roll Morton -Galen Wilkes- $24.00
PANSY BLOSSOMS Rag (1909) -Charles L. Johnson- $20.50
PICKLES and PEPPERS Rag (1906) Based on a performance by Masanobu Ikemiya $25.00
PORTRAIT of A SILVER LADY, A Waltz for The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad (1983) -J. Rummel- $22.50
POVERTY GULCH Rag - "Cripple Creek Suite" (1985) -Max Morath- $24.00
RAGGED EDGES - A Missouri Folk-Rag (1993) -Kevin Sanders- $20.50
RATS RAG -Miller- $20.50
RIALTO RIPPLES Rag (1917) -George Gershwin- $23.50
SIX VARIATIONS on a Theme by Salieri -Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart- $24.50
THE SMILER Rag (1907) Special PIANOLA Arrangement -Percy Wenrich- $24.00
SO AM I Fox Trot - "Lady, Be Good!" (1924) -George Gershwin- $24.50
SWEET NOTHINGS Novelette (1928) -Milton J. Rettenberg- $23.00
THE THIRD MAN Theme - Variations -Anton Karas- $24.50
THREE PRÉLUDES for PIANO (1926) -George Gershwin- $26.00
TICO-TICO - Brazilian Dance -Z. Abreu- $24.00
VIGNETTE - A Piano Novelty (1989) Dedicated to L. Douglas Henderson -Wally Rose- $25.00
THE WRONG RAG (1987) Based on a performance by the Composer -Glenn Jenks- $23.50
Y A D'LA JOIE (There's The Joy) (1939) -Charles Trenet- $19.50


88-Note Music Rolls:

These ARTCRAFT Rolls play on standard - or electrified - pedal-player instruments. Most of these ARTCRAFT 'full-scale' arrangements use some of the bottom four keys on the piano keyboard ... but for instruments with an eighty-note playing scale, the octaves are 'duplexed' to fit into the narrower range. The Word/Dialogue rolls feature a printed text which gives the Pianolist suggestions for the musical interpretation, i.e. a 'running commentary'.

All ARTCRAFT 88-Note Rolls play superbly on 'reproducing' (expression) players, such as the Duo-Art, Ampico or Welte-Mignon (Licensee), etc. - even if the hand controls aren't being used. This is due to the Interpretive Arranging which builds-in a "striking effect" for each individual note, and which gives the listener the illusion of accenting. (Naturally, the performance will improve with the Pianolist's involvement with the music roll, via the manual controls.) If you possess a 'reproducing' player and find one of the 88-Note Rolls which appeals to you, go ahead and order it! The PERFORATION LENGTH - honed down to a 128th of a note - is more important to music roll performance than any added-on expression score. (Commercial 88-Note rolls, by comparison, usually don't satisfy 'reproducing' piano owners because of the homogeneous perforations and excessive automatic sustaining pedal scores.) The following rolls have all been "audience-tested" on the concert stage and for intimate groups of musicians. Each title could be the highlight of your home musicale.

THE BACK BAY POLKA - "The Shocking Miss Pilgrim" (1946) Word Roll -George and Ira Gershwin- $23.00
BALLET MÉCANIQUE (1924) -George Antheil- New Reconstructed Interpretive Arrangement© $125.00
BLISSFUL TRYST or The Saga of André and Lila Re-Issue of an old Story Roll -Anton Titl- $24.50
BLUE MONDAY - A One-Act 'Jazz' Opera (1922) Word/Dialogue Roll -George Gershwin- $45.00
THE BOSTON MEDLEY- Fight Fiercely, Harvard, The M.I.T., The MTA ILLUSTRATED Word Roll $23.50
BRASS KNUCKLES - A Brutal Rag Word/Dialogue Roll -Wm. Bolcom & Wm. Albright- $23.50
A BREEZE FROM ALABAMA (1902) -Scott Joplin- $22.50
BROADWAY RAG (1922) -James Scott- $17.50
BY STRAUSS - "The Show Is On" (1936) Word/Dialogue Roll -George Gershwin- $24.50
CHESTER The CAT One-Step ILLUSTRATED Roll (1991) -Ian Whitcomb- $23.50
THE CHICAGO MARCH ILLUSTRATED Roll (1909) -Sawyer- $25.00
CHOPINATA Fox Trot Fantasie (1927) -Clément Doucet- $25.00
THE CHRYSANTHEMUM Afro-American Intermezzo (1902) -Scott Joplin- $22.50
CINDERELLA SOOT Cakewalk ILLUSTRATED Word Roll (1899) $22.50
COTTAGE BY THE SEA (A Real Estate Love Song) - "Lotus Land" Word Roll (1993) -Ian Whitcomb- $25.50
THE CRUSH COLLISION MARCH Ragtime Overture -Scott Joplin- $24.00
THE DARKEY TODALO - A Syncopated Negro Dance -Joe Jordan- $21.50
DON'T JAZZ ME (I'm Music) Rag (1921) -James Scott- $18.50
DYNAMITE RAG (unpublished) -Joseph Lamb- $24.00
ELITE SYNCOPATIONS -Scott Joplin- $21.50
ELLINGTON MEDLEY: Mood Indigo and Sophisticated Lady Word Roll (1931,1933) -Duke Ellington- $25.00
THE FUTURISTIC RAG (1929) -Rube Bloom- $21.50
GOING TO PIECES One-Step (1915) -Karl Kaffer- $25.00
'HOT' RAGTIME SONG MEDLEY Re-Mastered and Augmented from the Vocalstyle Minstrel Series $22.00
JUST MAKE IT MOXIE FOR MINE Word Roll (1904) -Mitchell & Potter- $25.00
'LECTRONIC RELIGION (Give Me That 'Lectronic Religion)Word Roll -Mark Russell- $25.00
LINNMANIA-MARSEILLAISE Fantasie Grotesque for Pianola Word/Dialogue Roll (1989) -B. Linnman- $31.50
LION TAMER RAG (1913) Based on a performance by Mark Lutton -Janza- $25.00
THE MADAWASKA RAG (1918) -Charles Martin- $21.50
THE MANHATTAN RAG (1929) -Hoagy Carmichael- $22.00
THE MEADOW LARK Rag (1916) -Thomas Pitts- $23.50
MERENGUE Concert Etude for Piano (1990) -Frank French- $23.50
MISS MISCHIEF - Dedicated to Shirley Temple (1937) -Ferde Grofé- $22.50
MOXIE One-Step ILLUSTRATED World Roll (1921) -Shea- $24.00
THE NAKED DANCE -Jelly Roll Morton- $25.00
NEW CASTLE HOUSE Medley: Fashion Rag, The Castle Walk, Dengozo- Cohen, Europe & Nazareth- $26.00
THE NEW "KING of RAGTIME" Overture (6 complete Rags) -Joplin, Scott and others- $25.00
ON THE TRAIL - "The Grand Canyon Suite" (1932) -Ferde Grofé- $28.00
ONE FOR NORMA Ragtime Intermezzo (1976) -Max Morath- $21.00
THE OYSTER SHIMMY (1992) A Homage to Jelly Roll Morton -Galen Wilkes- $24.00
PANSY BLOSSOMS Rag (1909) Word/Dialogue Roll -Charles L. Johnson- $20.50
PIANOLA RAG (1953) -Bill Krenz- $24.00
PICKLES and PEPPERS Rag (1906) Based on a performance by Masanobu Ikemiya $25.00
POLITICS and POKER (Intro: LITTLE TIN BOX) - "Fiorello!" (1959) Word Roll -Bock & Harnick- $25.00
POVERTY GULCH Rag - "Cripple Creek Suite" (1985) -Max Morath- $24.00
THE PREACHER and THE BEAR (1904) Word/Dialogue Roll -Joe Arzonia- $24.00
RAGGED EDGES - A Missouri Folk-Rag (1993) -Kevin Sanders- $20.50
RAGTIME NIGHTINGALE -Joseph Lamb- $21.50
RIALTO RIPPLES Rag (1917) -George Gershwin- $23.50
ROBERTO CELEMENTE (1979) -David Thomas Roberts- $25.00
SLEEPY HOLLOW RAG (1918) -Woods- $19.50
THE SMILER Rag (1907) Special PIANOLA Arrangement -Percy Wenrich- $24.00
SO AM I Fox Trot - "Lady, Be Good!" (1924) Word/Dialogue Roll -George Gershwin- $24.50
STORMIN' THE CASTLE - Stomp (1976) -Bob Ault- $22.00
TICO-TICO - Brazilian Dance Word/Dialogue Roll -Z. Abreu- $24.00
TRIANGLE JAZZ BLUES (1917) Based on a performance by Wally Rose -LeClerc- $20.50
VIGNETTE - A Piano Novelty (1989) Dedicated to L. Douglas Henderson -Wally Rose- $25.00
VIVA REGINA! March A Concert March Arrangement (1990) -Ian Whitcomb- $22.00
THE WRONG RAG (1987) Based on a performance by the Composer -Glenn Jenks- $23.50


Ampico Music Rolls:

Admittedly, the offerings by ARTCRAFT Music Rolls - at this time - are few, but there was a reason for this situation beyond the fact that the Studio needed an Ampico expression player for roll-editing purposes. (At this writing, we have acquired our 3rd Ampico in 4½ decades. The fine instrument is being restored in Maine right now, and should be installed in our Studio by early Summer '99!) ARTCRAFT concentrated on 88-Note and Duo-Art "reproducing" rolls for the past 17 years, because these are international standards there are pneumatic players which use 88-Note or Duo-Art rolls in all countries, whereas the Ampico was geographically 'locked' into the United States. ARTCRAFT has, since its beginning, been supplying quality Interpretive Arrangements to foreign customers as well as filling the needs of domestic Pianola enthusiasts.

The second reason why ARTCRAFT was slow to begin regular Ampico releases was two-fold. The Ampico performance success rests largely ON THE CHARACTER OF THE "STRIKING" NOTES i.e. the perforation lengths rather than the lock-and-cancel intensity systems. Thus, the 88-Note ARTCRAFT Interpretive Arrangements were a perfect match for the Ampico player; the sparkling keyboard "attack" combined with pedal shading effects unique to this perforating method provide an 'agogic' accenting effect. Even when playing without the benefit of the expression perforations, standard ARTCRAFT 88-Note Rolls generally out-performed the 'dreamy' clusters of sostenuto chords which give original Ampico rolls that "they-all-sound-the-same" nature when played in a series. The other half of the "Ampico drought" rests with the owners of the instruments themselves. The Ampico was marketed to the 'dinner music' and 'dancing-in-the-parlour' crowd in the 'Twenties and the hotel lobby market in the early 'Thirties, both encouraging one to walk away and let the piano rattle-on without the benefit of personal involvement ("monitoring"). The dedicated Ampico owner who LISTENS TO THE ROLLS has long ago discovered that "variety is the spice of life" ... and plays any type of roll on his prized instrument. This brings us back to full circle, since the variable-length perforations of ARTCRAFT Rolls add "verve" and "spice" to any player, including the Ampico, and this has little to do with the automatic expression system. To paraphrase Shakespeare, "The note arrangement's the thing!"

We urge you to try ARTCRAFT 88-Note Rolls on your Ampico ... and also experiment with a variety of music roll brands. There's a whole world out there, beyond the arrangingformulae of the Three M's: Milton (Susskind, a.k.a. Fairchild), J. Milton (Delcamp) and Frank C. Milne, the three musicians responsible for most of the original library which is "tired" in the opinion of those used to Interpretive Arranging performance standards.

Meanwhile, ARTCRAFT acquired a 1926 Ampico, for the purpose of creating effervescent and exciting NEW expression roll arrangements. We definitely plan on expanding our Ampico repertoire. See this Internet page for details on the instrument, being rebuilt at this time: Ampico 'Update' department.

OCCIDENT EXPRESS -Robin Frost- $23.00
SWEET NOTHINGS Novelette (1928) -Milton J. Rettenberg- $23.00 [Link to the Duo-Art description]
TRIANGLE JAZZ BLUES (1917) Based on a performance by Wally Rose -LeClerc- $20.50 [Link to 88-Note edition]

and ...

CLEOPATRA RAG Four Hand arrangement based on an RCA-Victor LP by Hersh & Montgomery -Joseph Lamb-

This spectacular Interpretive Arrangement was created for the '88 AMICA player club convention in San Francisco, CA and at the time of its release a side-by-side Cassette was issued, to show how the striking/accenting closely simulated the duo-pianists. You must order this roll from the following address and supplies are limited:Dale Lawrence, Automatic Music Foundation, 837 Coventry Rd., Kensington, Calif. 94707. [Ampico Rolls are $17.00 + 2.00 shipping; 88-Note Rolls, which use the FULL piano scale(!), are $15.00 + 2.00 shipping within the USA.] CLEOPATRA RAG will give you a taste of what's-to-come for virtuoso playing on an Ampico "reproducing" piano. This expression roll will 'sweep away' those wistful and lulling original Ampico rolls, many of which were just "musical wallpaper" and not SOLOIST performances!

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