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Adrian RolliniThe Life and Music of a Jazz Rambler$
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Ate van Delden

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496825155

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496825155.001.0001

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Piano Roll Artist

Piano Roll Artist

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(p.20) Chapter 2 Piano Roll Artist
Source:
Adrian Rollini
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Ate van Delden

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496825155.003.0003

This chapter opens with the emergence of the pianola, the automatic piano, which allowed everybody to produce music on a piano. The music was coded in holes in rolls ofpaper which is pulled through the pianola. When the market had fully developed, Kohler, a manufacturer of piano parts decided to enter, too. It wanted to expand and formed a subsidiary, Republic, for the production and sale of piano rolls. In need for artists to make piano rolls, Republic found young Adrian Rollini andin 1920 the company offered him a contract. Republic issued1-4 piano rolls a month played by Rollini until it withdrew from the market. Rollini made afew more rolls for competitor MelOdeeand then left this field.

Keywords:   Pianola, Republic, Kohler, Piano roll, MelOdee

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