December 2002
Cylinder of the Month

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Enjoy a fun holiday recording (from 108 Christmases past) of the Hallelujah Chorus played by the Battery Band of New York.

Hallelujah Chorus
Company Metropolitan Phonograph Company of New York (?)
Cylinder # Unknown
Category Band
Title Hallelujah Chorus
Performed by Battery Band of New York
Circa 1894
Announcement "Battery Band of New York will play the Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah."

An early and scarce recording by the Battery Band of New York.

This down-to-earth performance is a cheerful reminder of the timeless simplicity and genuine spirit of the season.

To hear Hallelujah Chorus  —

To hear an excerpt   —  
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The 'thunk' sound prior to the announcement is commonly heard in early brown wax recordings and was usually caused when the original phonograph started up.

— This cylinder of the month is from the collection of  Kurt Nauck —


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