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  • Recording Title

    Bohemian girl overture

  • Other Title(s)

    • The Bohemian girl (Work title)
  • Musical group

    Arthur Pryor's Band

  • Arranger

    Fred Godfrey

  • Composer

    Michael William Balfe

  • Conductor

    Arthur Pryor

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  • Category


  • Description


  • Instrumentation

    7 clarinets, 6 cornets, 3 trombones, 2 tubas, 3 French horns, baritone horn, flute, traps, bassoon, and oboe (takes 3[a]-5)

  • Label Name/Number

    Victor 16287

  • Matrix Number


  • Take Number

    Exact take not known.
    This selection derives from an unidentified take made between 1909 and 1924. See Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings for details about the master recording.

  • Place of Recording

    New York, NY or Camden, NJ

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  • Duration


  • Notes

    Specific instrumentation applicable to takes 3[a]-5 only.

    Also see B-799. EDVR vol. II notes: It seems that the recording technicians confused "Selections" and "Overture," as catalogs listing 2605 [B-799] consistently give its title as "Selections" and the title of 16287 and 62458 as "Overture."

  • Rights & Access

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    Source of original recording: Recorded Sound Section, Library of Congress. Inclusion of the recording in the National Jukebox, courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment.


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