Encyclopedia of Disc Music Boxes 1881 - 1920
       A History,
          Catalog Raisonné,
                and Appreciation.
                          By Q. David Bowers
                                     An AMICA-International Publication

Q. David Bowers has collected, studied, and enjoyed automatic musical instruments, beginning in 1960. In the intervening years he has written several books on the subject, including A Guide Book of Automatic Musical Instruments (1966), Put Another Nickel In (1968), Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments (1971), and Treasures of Mechanical Music (co-authored with Arthur A. Reblitz, 1981). He has contributed many articles to the journals of the Musical Box Society International and AMICA (Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors Association), and is one of just four recipients of the Musical Box Society International’s Lifetime Service Award. The author, whose main business over the years has been as a dealer in rare coins, has traveled extensively through America and Europe seeking information relating to automatic musical instruments.

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Genevieve Pitot

An excerpt from the Aug/Sept 1979 AMICA

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We next met Geuevieve Pitot. Those of its with Duo-Art mechanisms in our pianos were familiar with her pianism through her piano rolls only. Boy, did we get a surprise! She had to play what she was told on the rolls she explained, but that wasn't the real Pitot at all! Pitot, as she enjoys being called, spent twenty years on Broadway as an arranger of story ballet" Now I play a little piano (very little - I teach it, remember?) and it is still almost impossible for me to describe exactly what it is she can do. She can take a melodic written line written by, say, Cole Porter and improvise a style of music that will be reminiscent of what he wrote, but not really a copy of it, and she can further a story with music for the dance and make it appropriate to the play, but with action and movement rather than words. She played some of this music for us after describing it to us, and it was delightful to look around at the audience and see the comprehension on their faces. She finished her program with lowdown blues she had written. They were bluer than blue but she \vas in total command of the piano! A wonderful experience for all of us!




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