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1877 __ Telephone Concert
Elisha Gray (1835-1901)
Comment : On April 2nd, Elisha Gray gave a public demonstration of his harmonic telegraph. This was advertised as a ‘Telephone Concert”, for the transmission of music by telegraph. (Catherine MacKenzie)“Professor Gray’s invention is applicable alone to the transmission of instrumental music. Professor Bell of Boston is the inventor of the apparatus for transmitting the tones of the voice”. (Daily Graphic)
Original excerpt : « The Steinway Hall Programme.Vol. I, New York, Monday, April 2n, 1877. No. 94.Telephone Concerts.Transmission of Music by Telegraph.Triumph of American Science.Mr Maurice Strakosch has the honor of announcing that the first public performance on Professor Elisha Gray”s marvellous Telephone will take place on Monday evening, April, 2d. Musical melodies will be performed in Philadelphia and distinctly heard by the audience in New York.The following melodies will be performed Monday evening, April 2, on the Telephone : 1) “Home, Sweet Home”, 2) “Come Gentil” (Don Pasquale), 3) “Then You’ll Remember Me” (Bohemian Girl), 4) “Last Rose of Summer”, 5) “M’Appari” romance (Martha), 6) “The Carneval of Venice”.The following eminent artists will appear : Mme Carreno Sauret, the celebrated pianist; Miss Fanny Kellogg, the charming young soprano; Miss Sallie C. Reber, the highly gifted and beautiful young vocalist; Signor Tagliapietra, the great barytone; The celebrated Young Apollo Club, of New York (Mr. W.F. Williams, Director); Mr. F. Boscovitz, the renowned pianist, who will perform on the “Telephone” in Phil’a. Conductors : Mr. Max Liebling and Mr. W.F. Williams.Steinway & Sons’ Pianos used.Mr. Strakosch is happy to announce that Professor Elisha Gray will be present and superintend personally the performance of the Telephone.Admission One Dollar, Reserved Seat One Dollar and Half. » (Concert Program; cited by Jonathan Sterne, p. 253)
Source : MacKenzie, Catherine (1928), “Alexander Graham Bell - The Man who Contracted Space”, Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1928.
Source : Sterne, Jonathan (2003), “The Audible Past - Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction”, Durham & London : Duke University Press, p. 253.

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