'Wilhelmj' cylinders

Number of items in collection: 5

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Recordings in this collection can be played by anyone.

When donated to the British Library these cylinders were described as 'thought to be by Wilhelmj' but although most of the cylinder boxes have labels written in a copperplate hand denoting the titles, Wilhelmj's name is nowhere to be found. Apparently, the cylinders had been in the possession of Charles Volkert, director of the London branch of the music publishing firm Schott. He died in 1934, and the cylinders were rescued when the establishment was being cleared in the 1960s. Circumstantial evidence points to the cylinders probably being by August Wilhelmj (1845-1908). Firstly, his compositions were published in London by Schott. Secondly, in 1894 he accepted a teaching post at London's Guildhall School of Music.

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