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/fS you know, before i entered
into an agreement to play exclusively
for the Duo-Art, ? made a very thor?
ough investigado)! and convinced my?
self that your instrument was superior
to all other reproducing pianos.
One thing is certain; in the repro?
duction of my own ploying the Duo
Ari is so jar superior to any other
instrument of its kind, there can he
no real basis for comparison.
HE illustration at the top of
this page reproduces in part
the label on a Duo-Art music
roll. The statement this
label contains is signed by
Josef Hofmann, and is of exceptional and
two-fold significance. The first part of
the statement: "This music-roll is my
interpretation,"chronicles a new and rev?
olutionary development in musical art.
The statement is without qualification
"My interpretation" embraces the talent
and genius in pianism, for which Josef
Hofmann is world famous. It means
that this roll, when played upon the
Duo-Art Pianola, reproduces Hofmann
at the pianoforte?reproduces his tech?
nique, his rhythms, his dynamics, his
pedaling, and as he has stated elsewhere
in a published letter, his "very person?
ality with all that implies.''
Hofmann has made many such Duo
Art music-rolls. Each is his interpreta?
tion of some particular composition
Every owner of a Duo-Art Pianola has
access to these rolls?access to the mag*
nificent piano playing of one of the great?
est pianists that ever lived. What such
a privilege means in enjoyment for the
music-lover, in education for the music
student, is beyond computation.
And when is added the further fact
that every musician whose picture is
shown on this page and scores of others
.as well have also made music-rolls for
Makers of the Famous Phonograph
?the Aeoltan - Vocalwu
the Duo-Art, which are their interpreta?
tions, some conception of the sensational
value to music and the world, of this
great new invention, can be grasped.
Authorized and Exclusive
HE second part of the statement ap
pearing on Duo-Art music-rolls is also
of exceptional importance,
"It was recorded by me for the Due
Art and I hereby authorize its Use with
Hofmann, as well as many other great
pianists, makes rolls exclusively for the
The Duo-Art Pianola is not the only
instrument of its kind upon the market.
it is the only instrument of its kind how?
ever, in the work!, which reproduces with
absolute fidelity the playing of a great
Because of this fact these pianists play
and record their interpretations exclu?
sively for the Duo-Art. And because of
the further fact that every roll listed in the
immense Duo-Art Catalog was made for
use solely with that instrument, they sign
the authorization appearing on the gen?
uine Duo-Art Rolls.
Great Pianists Who Record Their Inter?
pretations Exclusively for the Duo-Art
lHE reproducing piano is a relatively new instru?
ment?new in the power it possesses to repeat the
performances of great pianists, and new in its re
soonsibility to repeat these performances correctly.
To meet this responsibility, to safeguard both the
reputation of the pianist and the expectation of
the public, is the purpose of the signed authori?
zations appearing on Duo-Art Music Rolls.
The list of pianists who have recorded their in?
terpretations for the Duo-Art is very large, con?
taining practically every well-known name before
the public today. The list of those who after
mature deliberation have sejected the Duo-Art as
the exclusive medium of its kind for carrying their
message to the public and preserving it for poster?
ity includes the following:?
29 West 42nd St.
In THE BRONX
367 E. 149th St.
Baldwin-, Carolyn Cone
Davies, Reuben H.
Griffes, Chas. T.
La Forge, Frank
Schmitz, E. Robert
Sternberg, C Von
Sutro, Rose and Ottihe
Foremost Manufacturers of Musical
Instruments tn the World
11 Fiatbush Ave.
895 Broad St.