Assistance Requested

I am helping someone who is going through the music collection of a vintage music fan who passed away awhile back.  Rather than selling off the collection, the owners have chosen to preserve and catalog it as a way of honoring the person's memory. 

A number of years ago, some of the collector's favorite recordings were transferred to tape in order to provide more convenient listening.   Unfortunately there are a few selections on the tapes that do not match up with any of the records in the collection and nobody has any idea what might have ultimately happened to the original recordings.  In all cases, the selections' titles have been noted on the tapes - but what is not known are the artists and the record label and catalog number information. 

Below are streaming Real Audio files of all the recordings we are still trying to find information on.  Does anyone recognize these recordings?  If you have a large record collection, I would very much appreciate if you would take a listen and see if they might match up with any in your collection.  If you have any information, please let me know by sending an email to:



All Selections are in streaming Real Audio. 
To listen, simply click on the song title

Destiny Waltz

Information Needed  The notes with the tape suggest that the recording might have been by Edith Lorand and Her Orchestra.  Lorand did indeed make a recording of "Destiny Waltz" issued on Columbia 2657-D in the USA.  Since Ms Lorand was a German artist, my guess is that the record was probably also issued on different European labels as well.  What we need is for someone who has access to a copy of the Edith Lorand version to listen to it and see if it is indeed the same as the recording here.  If it is not, then, of course, it becomes a matter of finding out exactly who did make the recording. 

Amina (aka"Serenade Egyptienne") 

Information Needed: Artist, record label catalog number

Additional known information about the recording: The song was composed in 1909 by Paul Lincke

"Marionettes At Midnight"

Information Needed:Any information about this recording and the song would be appreciated.

Additional known information about the recording:  This sound clip is the first 90 seconds of a 78 rpm home recording disc found in the same collection .  The disc is obviously a copy of another recording.  The handwritten label states that the song's title is "Marionettes at Midnight" and was performed by "Maxmillian and His Orchestra."  Unfortunately, I have not been able to find any record of a song called "Marionettes at Midnight" nor of any group that recorded under the name "Maximillian and His Orchestra."   One possibility is that "Maximillian" might, in fact, be violinist Maxmilian Pilzer who made a number of recordings under his own name and served as conductor for some recording sessions of the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra.  Certainly, the violin is featured prominently throughout the recording. But the possible Pilzer connection is only a guess.  So far, I have been utterly unable to locate any solid information about the song's composer, the band featured on the recording and the original source of the recording

Mystery Solved

Below are the recordings posted to this page for which the missing information has been identified thanks to the kind help of several individuals.

The Mill in the Blackforest  ("Die Mühle im Schwarzwald," an Idyll for Orchestra, op. 52)

Information Needed:  Artist, record label, catalog number. (All information has been found.  See "results" below.)

Additional known information about recording:  The song was composed in either 1901 or 1902 by Richard Eilenberg

Results:  The band is the Victor Concert Orchestra directed by Rosario Bourdon .  The record was issued under the title "The Mill In The Forest" and was released on Victor 22096-B

"Old Ironsides"

Information Needed: Any information about this recording and the song would be appreciated.  This brief 45 second recording  is all that exists on the tape and there is a very real possibility that its original source was something other than a 78 rpm record. (This mystery has been solved. See "results" below)

Additional known information about the recording:   It is possible that this song might be the same as the march from the score to the 1926 silent film Old Ironsides. The composer credited for the film's score is Hugo Riesenfeld.  According to the International Movie Database, composer  J.S. Zamecnik, who had a lot of silent film scores to his credit, also worked on the film's score.  Unfortunately, the modern video release of the film has been given an all new score and has proven unhelpful in determining whether it is the same song.  The recording here is in German - which may or may not cast doubt on it being the same song as the one from the movie.  I suppose it is possible that a German remake of the film could have been produced sometime after the advent of talking pictures and this recording might be perhaps be from its soundtrack - which would explain why the recording is so short.  At this point, however, all of the above is just a guess.

Results  It has been confirmed that the recording is an excerpt from a recording of "Musketiermarsch" made in 1929 by the popular German vocal group The Comedian Harmonists which was released in German on Electrola EG1647 and in Britain on HMV EG1647

Any information about the above recordings would be most appreciated.