W0050. LE VOLTIGEUR - Orgue Limonaire. (France) Malibran AMR 169, transfers of great clarity from performances created between 1896 and 1932, accompanied by a noteworthy 8pp booklet. [Utter joy and laughter in this enchanting and delightful Orgue Limonaire program - not to be missed if you have any sense of humor! Not unlike 'Offenbach - Hommage Mechanique' [W0045] Once the listening has begun, you'll be hard-pressed to stop it; its inherent charm is infectious!!!]
01-Le Galop Electrique (inconnu, arr. J. Collomb d’après Gasparini)
02-La Diablesse (polka) (L. Blache, 1907, arr. Limonaire)
03-Le Rossignol (valse) (L. Jullien, arr. Limonaire)
04-Pacotille (mazurka) (F. Sali, arr. Limonaire)
05-En Parlant un peu de Paris, du film-opérette Il est charmant (fox-trot) (R. Moretti, 1932, arr. R. Crouët)
06-Fascination (valse lente) (F.D. Marchetti, 1904, arr. Limonaire)
07-Tu verras Montmartre (polka-marche) (C. Borel-Clerc, 1922, arr. Limonaire)
08-Eléonore (fox-trot) (A. Chantrier, 1922, arr. J. Collomb)
09-La Passagère (valse) (F.L. Bénech, 1923, arr. inconnu)
10-Pouet Pouet, de l’opérette Elle est à vous (one step) (M. Yvain, 1929, arr. Limonaire)
11-Capricieuse (scottish) (L. Blache, 1907, arr. J. Collomb)
12-L’Ascenceur (one step) (arr. J. Collomb d’après Lemoine)
13-Révélation (valse) (F. Trespaillé-Barrau, 1902, arr. Limonaire)
14-The Midnight Fire Alarm (H.J. Lincoln, 1900, arr. J. Collomb)
15-New York (one step) (J. Padilla, 1927, arr. J. Collomb d’après Limonaire)
16-Frika (valse) (inconnu, arr. Limonaire)
17-On m’suit (F. Pearly et P. Chagnon, 1928, arr. Limonaire)
18-Oh ! Ma Rose-Marie, de l’opérette américaine ROSE-MARIE (fox-trot) (R. Friml, 1924, arr. R. Crouët)
19-Perles de Cristal (polka) (G. Hamel, 1903, arr. J. Collomb)
20-Ninette (mazurka) (arr. Limonaire)
21-Valentine (polka-marche) (H. Christiné, 1925, arr. J. Collomb)
22-Primerose (fox-trot) (Charlys, 1928, arr. Limonaire)
23-La Blonde Elisabeth, de l’opérette NUDIST’ BAR (one step) (R. Katscher, 1930, arr. Limonaire)
24-La Czarine (mazurka) (L. Ganne, 1889, arr. J. Collomb)
25-T’en fais pas Bouboule, du film-opérette LE ROI DU CIRAGE (one step) (R. Erwin, 1931, arr. R. Crouët révisé par J. Collomb)
26-Câline (valse) (E. Penauille, 1898, arr. Limonaire complété par J. Collomb)
27-Yes Sir that’s my Baby (charleston) (W. Donaldson, 1925) (arr. R. Crouët et Limonaire, version J.Collomb)
28-Le Rêve passe (G. Krier et C. Helmer, 1910, arr. Limonaire)
29-Valse inconnue (arr. Gasparini-Butel, reconstitué par J. Collomb)
“Established in 1840 in Paris, Limonaire Frères society mainly produced pianos and organs using a pinned cylinders system until 1896. Competing with other Parisian makers such as Gavioli et Cie (from 1858) and Alexandre Gasparini (from 1865), Limonaire switched to perforated book reading system in 1896, Gavioli being considered as the system inventor. The Limonaire production then got oriented on organs sounding like orchestras and named Orchestrophone. After World War I, Jazz orchestras’ appearance in Europe led to a second generation of organs, more dancing oriented and then called Jazzbandophone. Facing a dying market, Limonaire stopped production in 1932, after having bought all its French competitors.
LE VOLTIGEUR, 49 keys Orchestrophone (N°3586) built at the end of 1904, is one of nearly 2000 fair and dance organs built by Limonaire in between 1896 and 1932. It was bought by Jérôme Collomb in 2012 without any books and was restored by Christian Fournier (Seyssuel, France) in 2016. The music library was then reconstructed by old original Limonaire Frères books acquisitions and copies in addition to the new arrangements made by its current owner.
Musical arrangements must take in consideration the specific instrument musical conception in addition to the technical constraints linked to the keyframe system: there are both a musical adaptation and an orchestration work to be done for each piece of music. If the most adapted repertory is the diverting and dancing music from end 19th century to first years of 20th century, LE VOLTIGEUR was also doing great in songs from the 20s and 30s.
Three generations of arrangers and markers are reunited on this CD, representing more than one century of know-how and tradition. Original Limonaire arrangers (1895-1932, among whom are the composer Louis Blache), Raymond Crouët (active between 1930 and 1960) and Jérôme Collomb (born in 1984).
Intensively used on fairgrounds for years, old Limonaire books must often be repaired when damages are only partial or totally recut when too much worn or incomplete. While being restored they can be corrected when some musical errors are detected and completed when enough surviving material is available from the book or by arranging the missing section from a piano score when the tune is identified. This operation usually represents 10 working hours for each book.
A lot of tunes from the Limonaire catalog do not seem to have been published as printed score and perforated books, and then the only remaining traces of them. Some are original compositions for the maker who was then able to supply ‘100 meters’ from its catalog with each sold instrument.
These tunes, praising both the era successes and the technologic discoveries of the time (as ‘Le Galop électrique’) were for most of people the only music to which they could listen. While quite often being anonymous, this music entered the popular culture: all these melodies sound familiar even if unknown to us. While listening to these books we all have our eyes filled with carrousels lightening and our nose teased by waffles and cotton candy flavours.”
- Jérôme Collomb