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.
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 copy 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.
March 2022 - New titles
Bulk orders: take 10% off the listed prices if you order 10 or more rolls, or 5% off for more than 5 rolls.
|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.||15|
British series rolls (originally issued only in Britain)
|03 Three Cuban Dances – composed by Cervantes, played by Adela Verne||15|
|019 Valse for Claudio Arrau – Sofie Menter played by Claudio Arrau||15|
|026 The Naiads and The Hobby Horse – played by the composer, Leo Livens||14|
|061 L'Ondine – played by the composer, Cecile Chaminade||14|
|062 Preludes, Book I No 2 Voiles – Debussy played by Myra Hess||15|
|063 Toccata in A – Paradies played by Harold Samuel||14|
|0208 Etude Op 4 No 3 – Szymanowsky played by Myra Hess||15|
|0219 Le Gibet (Gaspard de la Nuit, No. 2) – composed and played by Maurice Ravel LAST ORDERS||15|
|0342 Cubana (Piezas Españolas, No. 2) – Falla played by Joseph Greene||15|
Standard classical series rolls (issued in both America and Britain)
|515 The Hebrides ("Fingal's Cave Overture" – Mendelssohn, played by Ganz and Hutcheson||18|
|5677 Fantasia No 1 – Mozart played by Alexander Raab NEW||15|
|5835 Hoochee-Coochee Dance (At the fair No 1) – composed and played by John Powell||14|
|6154 Reflets dans l'eau (Images Book 1 No 1) – Debussy played by Copeland||14|
|6160-6344-6253 Marche Op 12 No 1 , Rigaudon Op 12 No 2, Gavotte Op 11 No 2 – composed and played by Prokofiev LAST ORDERS||15|
|6198 Prelude in G minor Op 25 No 5 – Rachmaninoff, played by Prokofiev||15|
|6375 Venezia e Napoli - Tarantelle – Liszt played by Hofmann NEW||19|
|6415 Humoresque in G flat – Balfour Gardiner played by Grainger||15|
|6441 Impromptu Op 142 No 3 (Rosamunde) – Schubert played by Cortot||18|
|6475-6479-6485 Piano Concerto – Grieg, arranged and performed by Percy Grainger (only as a 3-roll set) (LIMITED EDITION)||50|
|6477 Love for three oranges - Intermezzo – composed and played by Prokofiev LAST ORDERS||13|
|6610 Rondo a capriccio (anger over a lost penny) – Beethoven/Hofmann NEW||17|
|6708 Concert Etude No 1 (Waldesrauschen) -- Liszt/Hofmann NEW||15|
|6745 Nightingale – Alabieff-Liszt played by Friedman||15|
|6834 L'isle joyeux – Debussy played by Rubinstein||15|
|6872 Danza Jubilosa – Medner pl Medtner||14|
6878 Rhapsody in Blue (part 2) – composed and played by George Gershwin (also available as a complete performance on LP005)
|6882 March Of The Knights Op 14 No 2 – Medtner pl Medtner||15|
|6958 Widmung (Dedication) – Schumann-Liszt pl Backhaus||14|
6968 Mendelssohn concerto roll 2 – arranged for 4 hands and played by Wilhelm Backhaus LAST ORDERS
|6998 Danza Festiva Op 38 No 3 – Medtner pl Medtner||15|
|7001 Sheherazde fantaisie – Rimsky-Korsakoff arr & pl Prokofieff||18|
|7075 Nocturne, Op.9, No.2 – Chopin pl Leginska||14|
|7094 Rhapsody in Blue (part 1) – composed and played by George Gershwin (also available as a complete performance on LP005)||
|7107 Little white donkey – Ibert pl Novaes||14|
|7108 Nocturne in F Op 55 No 1 – Chopin pl Hofmann||15|
|7152 Etude in F sharp Op 36 No 13 – Arensky played by Gitta Gradova||14|
|7207 Martha (Tango) – Khariton pl Khariton||14|
|7236 Toccata in G major – Bach played by Myra Hess||14|
|7252 Lento – Scott played by Grainger||14|
|7284 Novelette in B Op 99 No 9 – Schubert played by Gabrilowitsch||14|
|7287 Two etudes Op 10 No 6 & Op 25 No 12 – Chopin played by Horowitz||17|
|7281 Doumka - Tchaikowsky played by Horowitz LAST ORDERS||18|
|7293 Show Boat Selection – Kern played by Phil Ohman||15|
|7300 Ramble on love theme – Strauss played by Grainger||17|
|7310 Waltz in F Op 69 No 1 – Chopin pl Goodman||14|
|7314 Blaze away & Spirit of independence (Miltary march medley) – Holzmann played by Leith & Addison NEW||14|
|7318 Nocturne Op.48, No.2 f sharp – Chopin pl Hofmann||18|
|7327 Impromptu No 3 in G flat Op 51 – Chopin played by Cortot||15|
|7330 Confetti (Danse Chic) – Media||14|
|7370 Wedding day at Troldhaugen (Lyric pieces Op 65 No 6) – Grieg played by Grainger||15|
|7377 Norwegian Folk Songs Op 66 – Grieg played by Grainger||19|
|7379 Victor Herbert medley, played by Robert Armbruster||18|
|7386 Skazka Op 38 No 4 – Medtner pl Medtner||14|
|7421 Film and Stage Musical Hits 1930 – various played by Ohman||15|
|7472 Bolero -- Ravel/Ganz|
|LP005 Rhapsody in Blue (complete) – composed and played by George Gershwin - a composite of rolls 7094 and 6878 LONG ROLL||20|
Dance and popular rolls (both American and British series)
|7249 Rag Doll (Nacio Herb Brown) played by Henri Bergman||14|
|0549br Lovin Sam (Ager) played by J Russell Robinson||14|
|0565 Jumping Jack - composed and played by Rube Bloom LAST ORDERS||14|
|0602br Tomorrow played by J Russell Robinson||14|
|0620 Gigolette (Lehar) played by Osborn & Wren||14|
|0663 Rose Marie (Friml) played by Milne & Erlebach||14|
|0677 Bottoms Up (Friend) played by Muriel Pollock||14|
|0681 Alabamy Bound LAST ORDERS||15|
|0800 The Doll Dance (Brown) played by Mering||14|
|0826 Dancing tambourine - Polla played by Alpert||14|
|0906br Blue Grass (DeSylva-Brown-Henderson) played by Pauline Alpert||15|
|0964 Carioca (Youmans) played by Arden & Ohman||14|
|01057 There's a small hotel (Rogers) played by Adam Carroll NEW||15|
|01064 The way you look tonight & A fine romance (Kern) played by Adam Carroll||17|
|713126 Charleston (Johnson) played by Freddie Rich LAST ORDERS||15|
|713386 So blue [waltz] (DeSylva-Brown-Henderson) played by Muriel Pollock||14|
|713389 Hallelujah (Youmans) played by Freddie Rich||14|
|713404 Me and my shadow (Dreyer) played by Pauline Alpert||14|
|713415 Bye-bye pretty baby (Gardner-Hamilton) played by Pauline Alpert||14|
|713438 My blue heaven (Donaldson) played by Pauline Alpert||14|
|88-note test roll – from the original Aeolian issue. Tests each note, singly and with repeats||15|
|Argentinian 1920s tangos from PAMPA in Buenos Aires|
|La Cumparsita (Rodriguez) PAMPA 3177R||14|
|Cascabelito PAMPA B3596||14|
|Caminito Pampa B3807||14|
|Jazz and ragtime|
|Get Away Big - composed and played by J Lawrence Cook & Joe Hilbert (QRS 4676)||14|
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.||15|
|Ganz – Allons Vite (grand galop de concert)||14|
|Gershwin/Grainger – Love walked In & The Man I Love. Concert transcriptions by Percy Grainger, interpreted for the pianola by Sid O'Connell. Themed||
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||
Bugatti Step (Jaroslav Ježek) – Czech, from the composer's 1931 orchestral recording
|Otto e Mezzo (8 1/2) (Nino Rota) – The closing sequence from Fellini's 1963 film||
British light music and music hall
|Fairy Queen Galop (Sydney Smith)||14|
American popular music - shows, films, jazz and novelties
|Star Wars "Main Title" (Williams) – a rendering of the entire orchestral opening on the pianola||
|Carousel Waltz (Richard Rogers) – from the film||18|
|Let's Misbehave (Cole Porter) – dropped from "Paris" before its New York opening||
|Nickel in the slot (Confrey)||
|King Chanticleer (Nat D. Ayer)||
|Treemonisha Overture (Scott Joplin arr Ramet)||20|
The Entertainer (Scott Joplin)
Rose Leaf Rag (Scott Joplin)
|Solace (Scott Joplin)||
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.
|Finger Buster – transcribed from Jazz Man 12, recorded Dec 1938||14|
|Frog-I-More Rag – transcribed from Rialto534, recorded April/May 1924||14|
Ordering is simple: just email the list of the rolls you want, or write to me (address below). Give both roll number and name.
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All prices are in UK pounds sterling. There are discounts for larger orders: 5% for 5 to 9 rolls, 10% for 10 or more rolls. When the rolls are ready and delivery costs known I will issue an invoice including payment details. Delivery and currency-conversion fees are additional to the listed prices for the rolls.
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Julian Dyer, 5 Richmond Rise, Wokingham RG41 3XH, United Kingdom
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