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From: "Peter Hirsch" <[log in to unmask]>
> Steven C. Barr wrote:
> >----- Original Message -----
> >From: "Peter Hirsch" <[log in to unmask]>
> >>Steven Smolian wrote:
> >>>Can you supply the matrix numbers? Some records in this series are in
> >>>Columbia's dubing maxtrix number series, made years after the original,
> >>>and can be misleading.
> >>>Check Spottswood's Ethnic Music on Records.
> >>I believe the matrix number on one side (I don't have it in front of me
> >>at the moment, but I did scrawl something on a piece of paper) is
> >>205298. Does that sound like a kosher matrix number for a Columbia 78?
> >Possibly, for a 12" ethnic 78; the 10" matrix series had reached
> >113xxx by 1934, and the 20xxxx may have been the related 12" series.
> Thanks. I find it somewhat unlikely that Mendelssohn partsongs would be
> considered "ethnic", but I wouldn't be surprised if that is what they
> were considered for marketing purposes way back when. I'll try to look
> at the Spottswood book next chance I get to see if it helps date the disc.
Well, the criterion for calling something "ethnic" is which demographic the
label expected a disc to appeal to...and this was a German-oriented group
doing a work titled in German, so they probably figured German speakers
were most likely to buy it...