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Offline John W

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Re: Recordings by Lilian Bryant and others late 19th/first half 20th century
« Reply #30 on: January 18, 2012, 08:35:35 am »
Excellent finding these! I've listened before to some of EMGcolonel's youtubes, funny little chatty man!  :laughter4:

Those records, Columbia D series, were issued in France. Chris Z will know dates.

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Re: Recordings by Lilian Bryant and others late 19th/first half 20th century
« Reply #31 on: January 18, 2012, 04:30:36 pm »
 :cheer: A special CD has just arrived from Chris Z of six of Lilian's 1923 Columbia recordings, including two accompanying violinist Alfred Indig. Listening to it now. The piano solos are all of popular pieces including the curiously named "Electric Girl". I suspect these were her bread and butter as they probably sold well. Maybe I should be posting on the Now Spinning thread.

Despite all the hundreds of recordings she made, in later years she and her sister Ethel, a dancer and actress, fell on hard times and struggled financially. I suppose there were no royalties coming in once 78s were no longer selling - or perhaps she'd worked for a flat fee? I must ask my friendly archivists!  (Fortunately their niece (my grandma Lou) 's husband could help them out and provided a generous annuity for them.)

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Re: Recordings by Lilian Bryant and others late 19th/first half 20th century
« Reply #32 on: January 18, 2012, 05:25:51 pm »
EMGColonel has posted yet more Lilian Bryant on youtube - what a kind man!  :)

Erst Kommt Der Fruhling" music from "Madame Flirt" by Walter Bromme
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXt50ZjCwWk&feature=related

Edit: And this one also from Madame Flirt which I missed earlier:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BSB0sJzbzI&feature=related

and these two which by coincidence are on my CD from Truesound Transfers:
Je n'peux Vivre sans Amour
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFy8bBcu4hY&feature=related

Wenn Man allein ist
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvjmqLEMUJg&feature=related
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Re: Recordings by Lilian Bryant and others late 19th/first half 20th century
« Reply #33 on: January 19, 2012, 09:12:14 pm »
Two more records of Lilian's have appeared on youtube today! I'm amazed that man has found so many in his collection - and until I asked him, he'd never heard her play but had just purchased the records with her name on! What a very lucky coincidence.

Anyway, these are more "classical" in style, not ragtime at all and the first, a Serenade is particularly beautiful - I especially like her harp-like glissandi.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXhilhbviN0&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E4rsSqYx_Q&feature=related

I like his "Unjustly neglected"! :D

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Re: Recordings by Lilian Bryant and others late 19th/first half 20th century
« Reply #34 on: January 19, 2012, 11:25:36 pm »
At last, the other side of the Chopin Nocturne which I heard on the British Library site - here's Sinding's Rustle of Spring on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B9e6A82Q2Q


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Re: Recordings by Lilian Bryant and others late 19th/first half 20th century
« Reply #35 on: January 20, 2012, 11:30:28 am »
I'm fascinated by his 78-playing set-up - isn't that Paddington upper left of the player?

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Re: Recordings by Lilian Bryant and others late 19th/first half 20th century
« Reply #36 on: January 20, 2012, 02:40:12 pm »
Two more records of Lilian's have appeared on youtube today! I'm amazed that man has found so many in his collection - and until I asked him, he'd never heard her play but had just purchased the records with her name on! What a very lucky coincidence.

Anyway, these are more "classical" in style, not ragtime at all and the first, a Serenade is particularly beautiful - I especially like her harp-like glissandi.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXhilhbviN0&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E4rsSqYx_Q&feature=related

I like his "Unjustly neglected"! :D

Thanks for putting up all the links MJ. You've probably made EMGcolonel very happy too, all this interest!  :D

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Re: Recordings by Lilian Bryant and others late 19th/first half 20th century
« Reply #37 on: February 05, 2012, 01:02:31 am »
I've found this programme dated 1892:






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Re: Recordings by Lilian Bryant and others late 19th/first half 20th century
« Reply #38 on: February 14, 2012, 05:56:55 pm »
I know it's a long-shot but I'm wondering if anyone reading this uses the British Library at St Pancras? IF this information is correct, it looks as though they have a copy of Lilian's song "Garden of June", a setting of words by E. Teschemacher, there. It was written in 1915, published by J. H. Larway but that's all I know about it. It's actually listed on amazon but is unavailable.

http://www.worldcat.org/title/garden-of-june-song-words-e-teschemacher/oclc/498824305

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Re: Recordings by Lilian Bryant and others late 19th/first half 20th century
« Reply #39 on: February 14, 2012, 09:58:49 pm »
I do go to St Pancras from time to time (last time I had an interesting  day reading Terry Eagleton on Richardson's Clarissa).  I'll try to remember this next time I go.  The cost of photocopying there is exorbitant, presumably to deter too many readers from popping the Lindisfarne Gospels on the copier and bending the spine.
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Re: Recordings by Lilian Bryant and others late 19th/first half 20th century
« Reply #40 on: February 14, 2012, 11:49:34 pm »
Thank you so much for your kind offer, Don Basilio. If photocopying is available, albeit expensive, I would be happy to pay for it as there's little chance of me ever being able to track down and purchase this rare sheet music. It's probably only two or three pages - I do hope there's no reason to prohibit copying. Of course I would pay for any other expenses too. It would be so nice to see this song and play it myself. I've found Garden of June mentioned in an online archived New Zealand newspaper, Ohinemuri Gazette, from 1918, sung by a woman in a Red Cross Concert, if it is indeed the same song. This concert is advertised on three different days - here's one of them:

http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=OG19180422.2.14.4


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Re: Recordings by Lilian Bryant and others late 19th/first half 20th century
« Reply #41 on: February 15, 2012, 11:30:24 pm »
A very nice man called Damian has posted lots of his records of Lilian Bryant on his website - in his words, "by way of tribute to one of the significant contributors to the UK recording industry":

http://www.damians78s.co.uk/html/currently_available_recordings.html#2012-02-15

(Some are the same recordings as the "Colonel" posted on youtube but Damian plays most of his at 80rpm for the correct pitch whereas on youtube they're all at 78rpm.)

Damian's sent all his raw digital recordings to Chris Z in Berlin so some of them will be included on the Lilian Bryant tribute CD when it's made.  :)

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Re: Recordings by Lilian Bryant and others late 19th/first half 20th century
« Reply #42 on: February 26, 2012, 10:45:51 pm »
The good news - my father's remembered seeing a photo of Aunty Lily with Little Tich so she must have performed with him in the music halls and/or in a recording studio.  :)

The bad news - I still haven't managed to locate any of these photos that were taken of her with various artists and my father's now saying that one of our relatives has probably chucked them out.  :(


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Re: Recordings by Lilian Bryant and others late 19th/first half 20th century
« Reply #43 on: February 26, 2012, 11:54:24 pm »
Little Tich
The inspiration for the second of Stravinsky's Three Pieces for String Quartet, no less. :)
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Re: Recordings by Lilian Bryant and others late 19th/first half 20th century
« Reply #44 on: February 27, 2012, 12:29:00 am »
Really? That's intriguing, JSC! Is Little Tich actually depicted in the music?

I've been reading about him - he had a truly remarkable life.