Gramophone Concert Record 2

Gramophone Concert Record (Germany) / 1902

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Design: The difference between 'putti' (helpless human male babies), cupids (pagan baby gods, usually depicted shooting tiny bows and arrows to encourage an uncontrollable erotic urge in the victim), the even more threatening seraphim and cherubim (guardians of religious artifacts, sometimes described as having non-humanoid characteristics) and angels (adult heavenly messengers, frequently depicted as wielding large swords), can often be confusing. While all occupy a level between the human and the divine, some carry religious significance, though others may be secular or pagan. The device seen here, a winged infant scribing a musical groove in a blank record, is usually referred to as the 'angel' logo, but that description is inaccurate, since the figure has no apparent religious significance; neither human baby or heavenly adult, it wields an arrow, which places it in the pagan 'cupid' category.

History: Thanks to discographer Dr. Howard Friedman for the following info: "The Gramophone Company was founded in London in 1898, and started making disc records in August 1898. It became the Gramophone & Typewriter Ltd. and Sister Companies ('G.T. & S.') in July 1901."

All scans courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who writes: "At this time it was common for the Gramophone companies to "reproduce" the worldwide collected waxes in Han(n)over. The 'Überbrettl' noted below the song title was the first cabaret in Germany, which opened in Berlin 1901, but had closed by 1903. The special song, 'Überbrettlgesang,' was composed by Oscar Straus, with lyrics by Detlev von Liliencron and was sung by the well-known baritone Robert Leonhardt. The recording session begins with the words 'Aufnahme für Grammophon' ('Recording for gramophone'). It is unknown whether the title was recorded on location or in a studio, but the early recording engineers of the Gramophone company certainly did a very fine job, because it sounds loud and clear for a record of 112 years of age (to listen to the recording click here)."

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