Musica Sacra

Musica Sacra (Germany) / c. 1930

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Design: Specially-drawn custom lettering (in a style well ahead of its time) for the label name, with capitals and lowercase mixed indiscriminately, forming a bold Gothic arch over a cross. The western European tradition of Gothic architecture and art here continues to be subliminally associated with Christianity, even though Gothic lettering is not used. The imprinting, in the ubiquitous Korinna typeface, is very carefully done.

History: Label and sleeve scans courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who writes: 'Umdr. 78' is a numbering system to be seen on Ultraphon labels, and one of the three matrix numbers of the Musica Sacra, with its leading 'U,' fits it into the Ultraphon matrix scheme." Alternate label scan below courtesy of collector Gabriel Gössel of Czechoslovakia.

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