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A few of us are very interested in the arrangements of the above named suspects. We are trying to look at the overall output of these roll arrangers, see if we can track down as many as possible surviving titles, examine them and see what information we might be able to put together.
Swift worked for Aeolian as a roll programmer (there are patents in his name even) and made many arrangements from the 1890s through to the 1910s. He doesn't appear to surface anywhere apart from in roll format i.e. no publsihed sheet music work. He did loads of medleys and also the wonderful Classic Mosaics series.
Harry Derry is the UK equivalent of the US-based George Swift and there are some interesting "for pianola" arrangements of stuff done by Derry. He also arranged for the UK "L"-series 58-note organ catalogue.
Wade is best know for his rollicking ragtime medleys and general style of lively arranging. He did write and arrange music for real theatrical shows and the open market. It is thought that Wade (and also Lindemann in Germany) were arrangers who were contracted by Aeolian to arrange music for the pianola but didn't necessarily work in the factory roll arranging departments themselves.
Linder's work appears on the labels of several different companies. Some is routine fare however the livelier ragtime-era music is stylistically very close (but with subtle differences) to Herman Avery Wade.
Most people have a few rolls by some of these folk knocking around on their roll shelves. We figure if we can scan and put together a few webpages full of their material then, with enough of it together and easily listenable we should be able to unravel the arranging styles ...and enjoy some darn fine music along the way!
*1907 Brinsmead Angelus 58/65
*1913 Bluthner Hupfeld 65/88
*1904 Aeolian "D" Orchestrelle
*1926 Aeolian PDA Duo-Art
*1916 Gilbert Higel 88n