Russian émigré sheet music edition: Allo!!! Volshebnitsa zvonkov! Telef-on-step (Hallo!!! Du süße Klingelfee!).

[Krsko, Slovenia]: Izdatel'stvo "Severnaia lira" ca. 1925. Octavo (24 × 16 cm). Single folded sheet with laid-in half sheet; attractive pictorial wrapper, signed V. Rozmansky or Rozmainsky. Publisher's catalog to p. 6. A fine copy. Item #3698

Single issue from this series of ephemeral Russian sheet music publications issued by an undocumented publisher of art songs, waltzes, arias, and other popular music genres, presumably in the mid-1920s. Though russo- and francophone in orientation, “Severnaia lira” was apparently based in Slovenia (and possibly the publishing project of famous Russian pianist and composer Oscar Strock). The music represented ranged from Russian and Ukrainian folk tunes, to chansons and romances, to fashionable European dances, such as a “Kokain-Shimmy-fox mysterieux” and the “Tango-Maxixe.” Over 3000 separate editions were published in the series, this issue is no. 3041. This score is for a One-Step (composer Stolz); the lyrics (by one L. Tal') describe the antics of a female telephone operator who plays pranks on disgruntled male callers and flirts with her employer. An apparently unrecorded example of the widespread eroticization of early telephone culture, in particular the predominantly female switchboard operators. KVK, OCLC shows scattered issues of this series at the University of Illinois only. Not at the Russian State or National Library.

Price: €150.00