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The Story of the Music Box

George and Madeleine Brown
The Story of the Music Box

The music box, the first successful device that could play a musical tune, was probably invented in Switzerland around 1770. Early music boxes were designed to play music using flat metal prongs that were plucked by a revolving metal cylinder. Eventually music box makers developed a flat disc to play the music. Commercial music boxes were gradually replaced by player pianos and phonographs by the early 20th Century. In 1952, Emory Cook recorded an album of music made by American and European music boxes from the George and Madeleine Brown collection. Using his skill as an audio engineer, Cook was able to record a fuller sound frequency than had previously been available in sound recordings. The recording accompanied Brown’s book of the same name.

Track Listing

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Jingle Bells (Version 1) George and Madeleine Brown 0:59
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Adeste Fideles George and Madeleine Brown 1:46
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Waldteufel: Skaters' Waltz George and Madeleine Brown 1:08
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First Noel George and Madeleine Brown 1:12
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Rossini: Prayer from William Tell George and Madeleine Brown 1:09
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Necke: Nightingale Song George and Madeleine Brown 1:05
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Valaque: Angel's Serenade George and Madeleine Brown 0:59
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Rossini: Stabat Mater George and Madeleine Brown 0:51
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Jingle Bells (Version 2) George and Madeleine Brown 1:00
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Auld Lang Syne George and Madeleine Brown 1:27
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Hark the Herald Angels George and Madeleine Brown 1:51
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Gounod: Ave Maria George and Madeleine Brown 1:08
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Song of the Virgin Mary George and Madeleine Brown 0:53
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Lefébure-Wély: Monastery Bells George and Madeleine Brown 0:57
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O'Sanctissima George and Madeleine Brown 1:02
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Cloister Bells George and Madeleine Brown 1:02
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Adams: Holy City George and Madeleine Brown 1:25
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Weber: Hunting Chorus George and Madeleine Brown 1:10
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Metra: Bells of Cornville George and Madeleine Brown 1:08
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Gruber: Silent Night George and Madeleine Brown 2:09
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