NEW PIANO ROLLS from JULIAN DYER

For Duo-Art and 88-note player pianos


New rolls let you choose the music for your player piano and buy it when you want it, not just make do with what turns up. New rolls don't have the damage and decay that old rolls suffer from. Buy your new rolls here!

Below are the catalogues of rolls for  standard 88-note player pianos and automatic Duo-Art instruments. Not sure what rolls your player piano can use? Have a look at the page on compatibility. If you know what you want, you can order directly.

Duo-Art rolls

These are special rolls needed to operate Duo-Art pianos that automatically reproduce the performance of the pianist. The copies here are exact replicas of original rolls, containing each and every punch in the original roll, all in the right place and of the right size, so the new rolls perform exactly the same as the original rolls. This is quite unlike the majority of roll copies, where the new perforations only approximate the originals, to the detriment of the music. For the specification of these new rolls, see The Anatomy of a Piano Roll.

A brief description about how the Aeolian Company made the original Duo-Art rolls can be found in the page about the Duo-Art recording process. If you want to know more about how Duo-Art pianos work, have a look at Understanding and Regulating the Pedal-Electric Duo-Art.

Standard 88-note rolls

Most player pianos use 88-note rolls, with the operator (or 'Pianolist') adding all timing and expression. Some instruments have an extra accenting mechanism to highlight certain notes, and the rolls here have accenting when this is appropriate. They will play perfectly on any standard 88-note player piano. The catalogue has a mixture of replica and new rolls, including titles newly arranged by Adam Ramet to play in a way that only the player piano can!

Special recut orders

I can only offer a fairly limited list of rolls off-the-shelf, but there are huge numbers of other rolls that could be recut. Ask for the titles you want: you may well not have to find an original because there are libraries of electronic scans that can be perforated to order! Anything obtainable can be cut for bulk purchase, where the buyer takes the entire perforator run of four copies. I don't copy rolls less than 50 years old, or older recuts.

Custom-cut new rolls

I can cut new rolls from MIDI files, as long as the MIDI file is provided in a form ready for cutting - I can check a file to assess how suitable it is for making into a roll. New rolls are supplied only in batches of four copies; it's not practical to supply single rolls or proof rolls, although I can provide examples of how the MIDI will sound once it's been cut into a roll. I cannot create MIDI files for you, so if there is something you want you'll have to find somebody to create it for you, and I'll then happily cut it for you.

What's new?

September 2019 - A large and wide-ranging release of new Duo-Art and 88-note titles. From old to new (for Duo-Art) classics and much in between, and a good selection of popular rolls.

August 2019 - new titles from Adam Ramet 

June 2019 - preparing a major catalogue upate 

Replica Duo-Art rolls - list updated 5 Nov 2019

Bulk orders: take 20% off the listed prices if you order 10 or more rolls, or 10% off for more than 5 rolls.

Title

Price (£)

Titles marked NEW will be in the catalogue for a year after being added, maybe longer.
Titles marked LAST ORDERS will not be replaced when stocks run out, so order now!
Titles marked LONG ROLL are longer than Aeolian's standard maximum roll length of 100 feet - they will work well on most Duo-Arts but  this cannot be guaranteed
Duo-Art Test Roll
Duo-Art test roll, with description sheet. A modification of the standard British roll, with the zero-setting section extended to cover a wider range of notes. Very similar to the American "test roll number 3" but without musical examples. 12
British series rolls (originally issued only in Britain)
03 Three Cuban Dancescomposed by Cervantes, played by Adela Verne  14
010 Impromptu, Op 142 No 4 composed by Schubert, played by Claudio Arrau LAST ORDERS
14
019 Valse for Claudio ArrauSofie Menter played by Claudio Arrau NEW14
026 The Naiads and The Hobby Horseplayed by the composer, Leo Livens  12
061 L'Ondineplayed by the composer, Cecile Chaminade  12
062 Preludes, Book I No 2 Voiles Debussy played by Myra Hess  14
063 Toccata in AParadies played by Harold Samuel  12
082 Oiseaux tristes (Miroirs, No. 2) – composed and played by Maurice Ravel LAST ORDERS
14
084 Pavane – composed and played by Maurice Ravel LAST ORDERS14
0208 Etude Op 4 No 3Szymanowsky played by Myra Hess  14
0219 Le Gibet (Gaspard de la Nuit, No. 2) – composed and played by Maurice Ravel LAST ORDERS 14
0342 Cubana (Piezas Españolas, No. 2) – Falla played by Joseph Greene NEW16
0351 Rhapsodie Op 11 No 1 composed by Erno Dohnanyi, played by Frank Lafitte  LAST ORDERS
22
Standard classical series rolls (issued in both America and Britain)
515 The Hebrides ("Fingal's Cave Overture"Mendelssohn, played by Ganz and Hutcheson  20
936 Sonata, Op 31 No 1 in G major. First movementBeethoven, played by Ralph Leopold. LAST ORDERS
16
937 Sonata, Op 31 No 1 in G major. Second movementBeethoven, played by Ralph Leopold. LAST ORDERS
20
938 Sonata, Op 31 No 1 in G major. Third movementBeethoven, played by Ralph Leopold. LAST ORDERS
16
5698 Paganini Etude No 3 (Campanella)Liszt-Busoni pl Ferrucio Busoni LAST ORDERS 14
5763 The Maiden and the Nightingale composed and played by Enrique Granados LAST ORDERS
16
5770 Sonata in B minor, roll 1  Liszt, played by Ernest Schelling  LAST ORDERS 20
5786 Sonata in B minor, roll 2  Liszt, played by Ernest Schelling  LAST ORDERS 16
5799 Sonata in B minor, roll 3  Liszt, played by Ernest Schelling  LAST ORDERS 18
5815 Rhapsodie Op 11 No 3 Dohnanyi pl Powell LAST ORDERS14
5835 Hoochee-Coochee Dance (At the fair No 1)composed and played by John Powell NEW12
5982 El Fandango de Candil (Goyescas) composed by Enrique Granados, played by Ernest Schelling LAST ORDERS
14
6096 Lotus Land composed by Cyril Scott, played by Rudolph Reuter LAST ORDERS
12
6153 Prelude Op 12 No 7Prokofiev, played by the composer 12
6154 Reflets dans l'eau (Images Book 1 No 1)Debussy played by Copeland NEW12
6160-6344-6253 Marche Op 12 No 1 , Rigaudon Op 12 No 2, Gavotte Op 11 No 2composed and played by Prokofiev  14
6194 Etude, Op 15 No. 8 composed by Serge Bortkiewicz, played by Lester Donohoe LAST ORDERS
14
6198 Prelude in G minor Op 25 No 5Rachmaninoff, played by Prokofiev   14
6210 Sarcasms Op 17 Nos 1 & 2composed and played by Prokofiev   12
6239 Sonata No 2 in B flat 1st mvtChopin played by Josef Hofmann (see 6258 & 6272) LAST ORDERS18
6258 Sonata No 2 in B flat 2nd mvtChopin played by Josef Hofmann (see 6239 & 6272) LAST ORDERS16
6266 Fantaisie, Op 49 Chopin, played by Harold Bauer LAST ORDERS
20
6272 Sonata No 2 in B flat 3rd&4th mvtsChopin played by Josef Hofmann  (see 6238 & 6258) LAST ORDERS18
6415 Humoresque in G flatBalfour Gardiner played by Grainger NEW12
6441 Impromptu Op 142 No 3 (Rosamunde)Schubert played by Cortot NEW16
6477 Love for three oranges - Intermezzocomposed and played by Prokofiev  12

6513 The Sanctuary – Dvorsky played by Hofmann LAST ORDERS

12

6601 Sonata in C major Op 53 (Waldstein) 1st mvt  Beethoven played by John Powell (see 7123 for roll 2)  LAST ORDERS20
6616 Tannhauser Overture (complete)Wagner-Liszt played by Ignaz Friedman LONG ROLL LAST ORDERS22
6664 Au bord d'une source – Liszt played by Cortot LAST ORDERS14
6745 NightingaleAlabieff-Liszt played by Friedman NEW16
6755 Ritual Fire Dance composed by Manuel de Falla, played by Artur Rubinstein LAST ORDERS
14
6774 Scherzo Op 12 No 10composed and played by Prokofiev 12
6826 Tales of the old grandmothercomposed and played by Prokofiev  12
6834 L'isle joyeuxDebussy played by Rubinstein NEW16
6872  Danza Jubilosa  Medner pl Medtner NEW14

6878 Rhapsody in Blue (part 2) – composed and played by George Gershwin (also available as a complete performance on LP005)

16

6882 March Of The Knights Op 14 No 2Medtner pl Medtner 14
6889 Two EtudesBortkiewicz played by Carol Robinson LAST ORDERS
14
6927 The Engulfed Cathedral Debussy, played by Myra Hess LAST ORDERS
14
6954 Nocturne, G minor, Op 37 No 1  Chopin, played by Ignaz Friedman  LAST ORDERS 18
6958 Widmung (Dedication)Schumann-Liszt pl Backhaus NEW14

6968 Mendelssohn concerto roll 2 – arranged for 4 hands and played by Wilhelm Backhaus LAST ORDERS

14

7001 Sheherazde fantaisie Rimsky-Korsakoff arr & pl Prokofieff 16
7075 Nocturne, Op.9, No.2Chopin pl Leginska NEW12
7094 Rhapsody in Blue (part 1) composed and played by George Gershwin (also available as a complete performance on LP005)
20
7107 Little white donkeyIbert pl Novaes NEW12
7108 Nocturne in F Op 55 No 1Chopin pl Hofmann NEW16
7123 Sonata in C major Op 53 (Waldstein) 2nd and 3rd mvts  Beethoven played by John Powell (see 6601 for roll 1)  LAST ORDERS22
7152 Etude in F sharp Op 36 No 13Arensky played by Gitta Gradova NEW12
7207 Martha (Tango)Khariton pl Khariton NEW12
7236 Toccata in G majorBach played by Myra Hess NEW12
7252 LentoScott played by Grainger NEW12
7284 Novelette in B Op 99 No 9Schubert played by Gabrilowitsch NEW14
7287 Two etudes Op 10 No 6 & Op 25 No 12Chopin played by Horowitz NEW18
7310 Waltz in F Op 69 No 1Chopin pl Goodman NEW14
7314 Blaze away & Spirit of independence (Military march medley)Holzmann played by Leith & Addison NEW14
7318 Nocturne Op.48, No.2 f sharpChopin pl Hofmann NEW18
7327 Impromptu No 3 in G flat Op 51Chopin played by Cortot NEW16
7330 Confetti (Danse Chic)Media NEW14
7370 Wedding day at Troldhaugen (Lyric pieces Op 65 No 6)Grieg played by Grainger NEW16
7377 Norwegian Folk Songs Op 66 – Grieg played by Grainger NEW22
7379 Victor Herbert medley, played by Robert Armbruster  20
7397 Nocturne in E Flat Op 55 No 2Chopin played by Alfred Cortot  LAST ORDERS14
7417 Procession of the Sardar composed by Ippolitov-Ivanov, played by Rudolph Ganz LAST ORDERS
14
7421 Film and Stage Musical Hits 1930 – various played by Ohman NEW16
7450 Preludes Op 32 No 10 & 8 composed by Rachmaninoff, played by Horowitz LAST ORDERS
16
7467 & 7468 American in Paris (2-roll set), composed by  Gershwin, played by Milne & Leith  LAST ORDERS 40
7472 Bolero composed by Ravel, played by Rudolph Ganz LAST ORDERS
22
7474 Outstanding hits of the day. Fox-trot medley 13 LAST ORDERS18
7482 Outstanding hits of the moment (fox-trot medley 22), played by Frank Milne  LAST ORDERS
22
7519 Porgy & Bess selection - composed by George Gershwin, played by Adam Carroll  LAST ORDERS
20
8018 March from the Love for Three Orangescomposed and played by Prokofiev  12
LP005  Rhapsody in Blue (complete) composed and played by George Gershwin - a composite of rolls 7094 and 6878 LONG ROLL26
Dance and popular rolls (both American and British series)
7249 Rag Doll (Nacio Herb Brown) played by Henri Bergman NEW12
0476 Funny Face medley (Gershwin) played by Phil Ohman LAST ORDERS
14
0681 Alabamy Bound (Henderson) played by Freddie Rich LAST ORDERS14
0746 Bye Bye Blackbird (Henderson) played by Tom Alter LAST ORDERS
12
0906br Blue Grass (DeSylva-Brown-Henderson) played by Pauline Alpert NEW14
0917 Glad Rag Doll (Henderson) played by Dagmar Nordstrom LAST ORDERS14
0960 If I had a talking picture of you (DeSylva-Brown-Henderson) played by Thomson Kerr  LAST ORDERS12
0964 Carioca (Youmans) played by Arden & Ohman NEW14
01015 I won't dance (Jerome Kern) played by King & Sterling LAST ORDERS
14
01064 The way you look tonight & A fine romance (Kern) played by Adam Carroll18
713386 So blue [waltz] (DeSylva-Brown-Henderson)  played by Muriel Pollock NEW12
713389 Hallelujah (Youmans) played by Freddie Rich NEW12
713404 Me and my shadow (Dreyer) played by Pauline Alpert NEW12
713415 Bye-bye pretty baby (Gardner-Hamilton) played by Pauline Alpert NEW12
713438 My blue heaven (Donaldson) played by Pauline Alpert NEW12

Replica 88-note rolls

Test roll
88-note test roll – from the original Aeolian issue. Tests each note, singly and with repeats NEW 12
Argentinian 1920s tangos from PAMPA in Buenos Aires
La Cumparsita (Rodriguez) PAMPA 3177R  12
Cascabelito PAMPA B3596 NEW  12
Caminito Pampa B3807 NEW 12
Jazz and ragtime
Get Away Big - composed and played by J Lawrence Cook & Joe Hilbert (QRS 4676) NEW 12
Russian Rag (Cobb) played by Max Kortlander (QRS 100870) LAST ORDERS 12

New 88-note rolls

88-note rolls – Themodist where noted, otherwise plain 88-note

3 Gymnopodies by Eric Satie. Metrical arrangement from the sheet music. Themed.16
Ganz Allons Vite (grand galop de concert)  12
Gershwin/Grainger Love walked In & The Man I Love. Concert transcriptions by Percy Grainger, interpreted for the pianola by Sid O'Connell. Themed 
16

New Pianola Arrangements by Adam Ramet

Brand new 88-note arrangements specially designed to make the most of your player piano! 

(Songs come with a lyric sheet)

European popular music 

Moya Maruschka (Vilnov) Russian, from Petr Leschenko's 1930s recording 
12

Bugatti Step (Jaroslav Ježek) Czech, from the composer's 1931 orchestral recording 

12

Otto e Mezzo (8 1/2) (Nino Rota) The closing sequence from Fellini's 1963 film  
12

British light music and music hall

Fairy Queen Galop (Sydney Smith) NEW12

American popular music - shows, films, jazz and novelties

Star Wars "Main Title"  (Williams) a rendering of the entire orchestral opening on the pianola  
16
Carousel Waltz (Richard Rogers) from the film16
Let's Misbehave (Cole Porter) dropped from "Paris" before its New York opening 
12
Nickel in the slot (Confrey)
12
King Chanticleer (Nat D. Ayer) 
12

Classic ragtime

Treemonisha Overture (Scott Joplin arr Ramet) NEW16

The Entertainer (Scott Joplin)

12

Rose Leaf Rag (Scott Joplin) 

12

Solace (Scott Joplin) 
12

Jelly Roll Morton transcriptions by Mike Meddings

Mike Meddings made these rolls for his own concerts, transcribing Morton's 78s to recreate every nuance of phrasing and timing. Thanks to Mike, these are now being offered for sale again.

88-note rolls

Finger Buster transcribed from Jazz Man 12, recorded Dec 1938  12
Frog-I-More Rag transcribed from Rialto534, recorded April/May 1924  12

 

Ordering information

Ordering is simple: just email the list of the rolls you want, your details including delivery addess, whether you want fast (expensive) or economical (slower) delivery, and if you want additional postal insurance. You will be sent a payment request for the total, no payment is needed with the order.

All prices are in UK pounds sterling. There are discounts for larger orders: 10% for 5 to 9 rolls, 20% for 10 or more rolls. Alternatively, order a bespoke perforator batch of any title (4 rolls) and deduct 20% for that particular title.

All orders are posted from the UK, or may be picked up from Wokingham. Postage is charged at cost, packing is free. Exact postage costs will be confirmed when the packed weight of your order is known and a postal service chosen  I use Royal Mail or courier services whichever is more economic, on a case-by-case basis. Payment only by cash on collection, bank transfer, cheque (Pounds Sterling, drawn on a UK bank), or PayPal for non-UK buyers only.  

Julian Dyer, 5 Richmond Rise, Wokingham RG41 3XH, United Kingdom

email: enquiries <at> pianorolls.co.uk (using @ instead of <at>)