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?

June 2019 - preparing a major catalogue upate 

Replica Duo-Art rolls - list updated 17 June 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 Dances - composed by Cervantes, played by Adela Verne  14
010 Impromptu, Op 142 No 4 composed by Schubert, played by Claudio Arrau LAST ORDERS
14
026 The Naiads and The Hobby Horse - played by the composer, Leo Livens  12
061 L'Ondine - played by the composer, Cecile Chaminade  12
062 Preludes, Book I No 2 Voiles Debussy played by Myra Hess  14
063 Toccata in A - Paradies played by Harold Samuel  12
082 Oiseaux tristes (Miroirs, No. 2) – composed and played by Maurice Ravel LAST ORDERS
14
084 Pavanecomposed and played by Maurice Ravel LAST ORDERS
14
086 Toccata – composed and played by Maurice Ravel LAST ORDERS
14
0208 Etude Op 4 No 3 - Szymanowsky played by Myra Hess  14
0219 Le Gibet (Gaspard de la Nuit, No. 2) – composed and played by Maurice Ravel LAST ORDERS 14
0351 Rhapsodie Op 11 No 1 composed by Erno Dohnanyi, played by Frank Lafitte  LAST ORDERS
22
0970 Danse Macabre composed by Saint-Saens, arranged by Liszt and further embellished by the pianist, Vladimir Horowitz (issued in America as 7447)  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 movement. Beethoven, played by Ralph Leopold. LAST ORDERS
16
937 Sonata, Op 31 No 1 in G major. Second movement. Beethoven, played by Ralph Leopold. LAST ORDERS
20
938 Sonata, Op 31 No 1 in G major. Third movement. Beethoven, played by Ralph Leopold. LAST ORDERS
16
5698 Paganini Etude No 3 (Campanella) - Liszt-Busoni pl Ferrucio Busoni LAST ORDERS 14
5762 El Pelele composed and played by Enrique Granados 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
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
6149 Country Gardens (British Folk Settings) - composed and played by  Percy Grainger LAST ORDERS 12
6153 Prelude Op 12 No 7 - Prokofiev, played by the composer 12
6160-6344-6253 Marche Op 12 No 1 , Rigaudon Op 12 No 2, Gavotte Op 11 No 2 - composed 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 5 -- Rachmaninoff, played by Prokofiev   14
6210 Sarcasms Op 17 Nos 1 & 2 -- composed and played by Prokofiev   12
6239 Sonata No 2 in B flat 1st mvt -- Chopin played by Josef Hofmann (see 6258 & 6272) LAST ORDERS18
6258 Sonata No 2 in B flat 2nd mvt -- Chopin 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 mvts -- Chopin played by Josef Hofmann  (see 6238 & 6258) LAST ORDERS18
6339 Juba Dance Composed by Dett, played by Percy Grainger LAST ORDERS
10
6459 Eugene Onegin paraphrase – Tchaikovsky arr Pabst/Lerner, played by Tina Lerner  LAST ORDERS 16
6477 Love for three oranges - Intermezzo -- composed and played by Prokofiev  12

6513 The Sanctuary – Dvorsky/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 Alfred Cortot  14

6665 Fantasiestucke – Soaring – composed by Schumann, played by Joseph Hofmann LAST ORDERS

14

6755 Ritual Fire Dance composed by Manuel de Falla, played by Artur Rubinstein LAST ORDERS
14
6774 Scherzo Op 12 No 10 -- composed and played by Prokofiev 12
6826 Tales of the old grandmother - composed and played by Prokofiev  12

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 2 - Medtner pl Medtner 14
6885 Prelude & Fugue 3, from the Well-tempered Klavier. Bach, played by Ethel Leginska. LAST ORDERS
14
6889 Two Etudes (Bortkiewicz) played by Carol Robinson LAST ORDERS
14
6927 The Engulfed Cathedral Debussy, played by Myra Hess LAST ORDERS
14
6928 Chaconne Bach/Busoni, played by Ferrucio Busoni  LAST ORDERS
22
6954 Nocturne, G minor, Op 37 No 1  Chopin, played by Ignaz Friedman  LAST ORDERS 18

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
7094 Rhapsody in Blue (part 1) composed and played by George Gershwin (also available as a complete performance on LP005)
20
7123 Sonata in C major Op 53 (Waldstein) 2nd and 3rd mvts  Beethoven played by John Powell (see 6601 for roll 1)  LAST ORDERS22
7250 Carmen Variations composed by Bizet, arranged and played by Vladimir Horowitz LAST ORDERS
14
7299 White Lilacs - composed by Hajos, played by Robert Armbruster  LAST ORDERS
16

7300 Ramble on love theme from "Rosenkavalier" – composed by Richard Strauss, arranged and played by Percy Grainger LAST ORDERS

16

7302 Lesghinka - composed by  Lyapounov, played by Dai Buell  LAST ORDERS18
7379 Victor Herbert medley, played by Robert Armbruster  20
7397 Chopin Nocturne in E Flat Op 55 No 2 played by Alfred Cortot  LAST ORDERS14
7417 Procession of the Sardar composed by Ippolitov-Ivanov, played by Rudolph Ganz LAST ORDERS
14
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 Oranges -- composed and played by Prokofiev  12
(unnumbered special) The Warriors - composed and played by Pergy Grainger   LAST ORDERS12
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)
0476 Funny Face medley (Gershwin) played by Phil Ohman   LAST ORDERS
14

0612 Makin Whoopee (Donaldson) played by Frank Milne  LAST ORDERS

12

0616 Where the shy little Violets grow (Kahn & Warren) played by Pauline Alpert  LAST ORDERS

12

0681 Alabamy Bound (Henderson) played by Freddie Rich   LAST ORDERS14
0708br Eskimo Shivers played by the composer, Billy Mayerl  LAST ORDERS12
0746 Bye Bye Blackbird (Henderson) played by Tom Alter  LAST ORDERS
12
0917 Glad Rag Doll (Henderson) played by Dagmar Nordstrom14
0960 If I had a talking picture of you (DeSylva-Brown-Henderson) played by Thomson Kerr 12
0964 Carioca (Youmans) played by Arden & Ohman NEW14
1004 You're the top (Cole Porter) played by Adam Carroll LAST ORDERS
14
01015 I won't dance (Jerome Kern) played by King & Sterling LAST ORDERS
14
01071 It's d'lovely (Porter) played by the Sherry Bothers  LAST ORDERS14

Replica 88-note rolls

La Cumparsita (Rodriguez) PAMPA 3177 - an original Argentinia tango roll NEW 12
Russian Rag (Cobb) played by Max Kortlander (QRS 100870) 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. NEW16
Prelude from "Eight Concert Studies for Piano" (Nikolai Kapustin) a 1984 composition evoking the feel of improvised jazz  LAST ORDERS 12
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

Coronation Scot (Ellis) – English light music, a cinema organ favourite and the Paul Temple theme LAST ORDERS

12

American tin pan alley, novelties and jazz

Star Wars "Main Title"  (Williams) a rendering of the entire orchestral opening on the pianola  
16
Carousel Waltz (Richard Rogers) from the film16
Slap that Bass (Gershwin) as danced by Fred Astaire in Follow the Fleet LAST ORDERS 12
Let's Misbehave (Cole Porter) dropped from "Paris" before its New York opening LAST ORDERS
12
Church mouse on a spree (Froeba)  1936 jazzy novelty LAST ORDERS
12
Nickel in the slot (Confrey)
12
King Chanticleer (Nat D. Ayer) 
12

Troublesome Ivories (Eubie Blake) LAST ORDERS

12

Classic ragtime

The Entertainer (Scott Joplin)

12

Leola (Scott Joplin) LAST ORDERS

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>)