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Pioneer recording artist and clarinetist William Tuson performs Heart Bowed Down.

Heart Bowed Down

 
Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 8455
Category Clarinet solo
Title Heart Bowed Down
Performed by William Tuson
Circa 1904
Announcement "Clarinet solo, Heart Bowed Down, aria from the Bohemian Girl, played by William Tuson.  Edison record."
 

Most people, when asked to envisage a pioneering recording artist, would probably not come up with a clarinetist.   But why not?   The clarinet, like the cornet, produced a loud and relatively simple sound that was perfect for recording on the early phonographs.   Clarinetist William Tuson's name appears frequently, beginning in 1889, in the earliest extant phonograph recording logs from Edison's Laboratory, recording dozens of clarinet solos for Edison up through the mid-1900's.

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