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The unusual Street Piano Medley played by August Molinari.

Street Piano Medley

Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 9615
Category Street scene
Title Street Piano Medley
Performed by August Molinari
Circa 1908
Announcement "Street Piano Medley played by August Molinari.  Edison record."

An unusual offering; Molinari's only Edison recording.   It would be fascinating to learn how this was arranged: Were there three street pianos queued and ready to go?   Or a single street piano with the three songs spliced together on a single roll?   Either way, how was Molinari able to get the music to start so perfectly on cue and on tempo?  

The recording co-stars Billy Murray – doing the voices of the piano-grinder and customer.

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