“Z Narodnich Pisni” (Songs of the People)
circa 1910 – 1911? ( Columbia E420 mx 13030)
Orchestra – Z Narodnich Pisni (Songs of the People)]
“Na Rozloucenou” (At Parting)
circa 1910 – 1911? ( Columbia E 420 mx 13029)
Orchestra – Na Rozloucenpu (At Parting)]
Here is a record that I have more questions about than information. It features Bohemian music and is from Columbia’s E catalog number series which was used for foreign and ethnic recordings. Unfortunately, I do not have access to any of the discographies that cover the Columbia E series. I can tell from the label design that my copy was pressed sometime in 1912. But an online reference I found to a Columbia E series recording from 1912 suggests that this record was originally issued somewhat earlier. Furthermore, the matrix number is not of any series that I have information on – which suggests to me the possibility that it might have been recorded in Europe.
The composer credit on both sides is for “Fr. Dvorak.” Was this perhaps Antonin Dvorak – or maybe a relative? Finally, no artist credit is given for the band – which was not all that uncommon during the 1900s and early 1910s for recordings made by in-house studio musicians.
If anyone reading this has additional information, your sharing it in the comments would be much appreciated.