From 1892, very possibly the earliest existing recording of the famous Spanish waltz, Over the Waves.
Enjoy this one-of-a-kind original recording by John Philip Sousa's United States Marine Band of the now classic waltz by Mexican composer Juventino Rosas (1868–1894).
This was recorded during Rosas' short lifetime:
He composed this piece before he was 20, it was published in 1888,
the Columbia Phonograph Company began recording it in 1892, and
Rosas died two years later at the age
This recording was made during the early years of the Columbia Phonograph Company, at a time when their recordings were given the extra care of an individual announcement (listen for the thunks before and after the announcement).
Extra care was also afforded to record labelling:
the supplier of the wax cylinder blanks, the North American Phonograph Company,
formed the cylinder ends with raised ridges which were intended to hold a delicate paper ring with the
selection title and description printed on
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