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Welcome to pianola.co.nz! Here you can listen to the performances of the great pianists and arrangers of the past,  converted from the original player piano rolls to modern MIDI format!
 
The player piano had its heyday between 1900 and 1930, when it brought music to the home prior to recorded music becoming widely available (and of acceptable sound quality). During this time, literally hundreds of thousands of piano rolls, recorded and arranged by some of the most famous pianists of the era, were produced by dozens of music roll companies. Music to suit every taste was available, from classical to ragtime to the popular hits of the day.
Recording a hand-played piano roll, 1920s
Now, over 100 years after the player piano was invented, time has taken its toll on the paper music rolls. Thanks to the dedication of enthusiasts worldwide, the technology now exists to preserve this wonderful music for all time, using custom-built optical scanners and software. What you hear on your computer is exactly what was recorded or arranged onto roll, in many cases over 90 years ago.

I've made these scanned piano rolls available for all to download and listen to, free of charge. All I request in return is that, if you enjoy the music, you sign my guestbook and let me know.

To start listening, click the 'Piano Roll MIDI scans' link on the menu at the top of the page. Other interesting parts of the site include the Piano Roll Artists page, where you can read biographical details about some of the pianists who made the rolls. Want to watch the piano keys move on your screen as the music plays, just like a real player piano, while viewing the full details of each rollscan? Click here to download the best MIDI player in the world - and it's free!

 

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SITE NEWS/ADDITIONS:
04 March 2015:
75 more rollscans added. The website has now been in operation for 10 years.
21 May 2014:
100 more rollscans added!
06 January 2013:
90 more rollscans added and a Happy New Year to you all!
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12 July 2012:
103 new scans added.
15 December 2011:
150 more rollscans added, and a Merry Christmas to all!

26 October 2011: Biography of early QRS artist Harold Ivers added.
30 September 2011:
100 more rollscans added - as always, see lower on this page for the listing.
29 September 2011: The Gordon Raspin scan zip is updated to fix corrupt files - please re-download.
05 June 2011:
Biography added of Columbia/Supertone artist Gladys Bagwill
04 June 2011:
110 new rollscans added (see below), plus over a thousand scans from Gordon Raspin available for download (11Mb ZIP file)
06 March 2011:
Zip file containing all 2010 scans now available for download!
04 February 2011:
100 more rollscans added!
01 December 2010:
100 more rollscans added!
30 October 2010:
Biographies added of Emil Seidel, Alfred R. Gillham, and William Vanderhaak.
01 October 2010:
40 more rollscans added, plus biography of US artist Chet Gordon.
08 July 2010:
60 more rollscans to take the total to 1072!
28 April 2010:
Over 70 more rollscans!
18 March 2010:
49 more rollscans!
21 February 2010:
New biographies of Imperial artist Jack Clyde and Ideal/Jewel artist Ed. Sheppard ("L. Bradley") added.
07 February 2010:
First zipfile from the Erik York collection available for download - the files within will be progressively added to the main database.

 


To search or listen to the complete archive of over 1070 scanned piano rolls, visit the Piano Roll MIDI Scans page. Below, you'll find a small selection of my latest scans.


 

A Woman Gets Tired of One Man All the Time - Fox Trot  (Booker, 1920)
Played by Baer, Abel          MelODee Song Roll
Click to Listen >>     AWomanGetsTiredofOneManAlltheTime(1920)_MelODeeSongRoll-S2943_AbelBaer

Alice - Key of Bb  (Ascher, 1885)
Played by Welch, Dorian          QRS Autograph Hand Played
Click to Listen >>     Alice(1885)_QRSAutographHandPlayed-400151_DorianWelch

Andante Spianoto -And- Polonaise Brillante - Op. 22  (Chopin, 1834)
Played by Lerner, Tina          Ampico Recording
Click to Listen >>     AndanteSpianoto-And-PolonaiseBrillante(1834)_AmpicoRecording-70383_TinaLerner

Arabian Moon - Fox Trot  (Stasny,  )
Played by ? (Uncredited)          Celeste-Art Word Roll
Click to Listen >>     ArabianMoon_Celeste-ArtWordRoll-1004_(Uncredited)

Ballade No. 3 - Op. 39  (Dr. Edward Schaaf, ?)
Played by ? (Uncredited)          Reliance Music Roll
Click to Listen >>     BalladeNo.3_RelianceMusicRoll_(Uncredited)

Birth Of The Blues - (From Geo. White's Scandals) - FoxTrot Blues  (Ray Henderson (m) - Buddy G.DSylva - Lew Brown (w), 1926)
Played by Moore, Rufe          Vocalstyle Song Roll
Click to Listen >>     BirthOfTheBlues(1926)_VocalstyleSongRoll-13962_RufeMoore

By The Waters Of Minnetonka - Key of G Flat  (Lieurance, 1913)
Played by Suskind, Milton          Ampico Recording
Click to Listen >>     ByTheWatersOfMinnetonka(1913)_AmpicoRecording-891-F_MiltonSuskind

Carolina Shout - -  (James P. Johnson, 1918)
Played by Johnson, James P.          Artempo Roll
Click to Listen >>     CarolinaShout(1918)_ArtempoRoll-12975_TheComposer(JamesP.Johnson)

Casey Jones - Comic Song  (Eddie Newton - Lawrence T. Seibert, 1909)
Played by ? (Uncredited Arranger)          Supertone Perforated Music Roll
Click to Listen >>     CaseyJones(1909)_SupertonePerforatedMusicRoll-845341_(UncreditedArranger)

Caterpillar Creep - -  (Nat Johnson, 1917)
Played by Brown, Mary E. & Pratt, Paul          US Emblem Hand Played
Click to Listen >>     CaterpillarCreep(1917)_USEmblemHandPlayed-8576_MaryE.BrownAndPaulPratt

Choo-Choo - (I Gotta Hurry Home) - Fox Trot  (Ringle - Schafer, 1924)
Played by Winters, Clare          US Word Roll
Click to Listen >>     Choo-Choo(1924)_USWordRoll-42638_ClareWinters

Cow Cow Blues - -  (Charles Davenport, c1925)
Played by Davenport, Charles (the Composer)          Vocalstyle Song Roll
Click to Listen >>     CowCowBlues(c1925)_VocalstyleSongRoll-13415_TheComposer(CharlesDavenport)

Cross The Mason-Dixon Line - March Song  (Henry L. Marshall, 1913)
Played by ? (Uncredited Arranger)          US 88 Note Roll
Click to Listen >>     CrossTheMason-DixonLine(1913)_US88NoteRoll-66020B_(UncreditedArranger)

Crying Myself To Sleep - Fox Trot  (Pete Wendling (m) - John Klenner (w), 1930)
Played by Taylor, Annabelle          Atlas Word Roll
Click to Listen >>     CryingMyselfToSleep(1930)_AtlasWordRoll-4132_AnnabelleTaylor

Danse Negre - op. 58, No. 5  (Scott, 1908)
Played by Ornstein, Leo          Ampico Recording
Click to Listen >>     DanseNegre(1908)_AmpicoRecording-58003_LeoOrnstein

Dinner Music - Series No. 2 - 1. Sweethearts; 2. Irene; 3. Alice Blue Gown; 4. When a Maid Comes Knocking at Your Heart; 5. Some Time; 6. The Tickle Toe.  (Various Composers, .)
Played by Delcamp, J. Milton          Ampico Recording
Click to Listen >>     DinnerMusic-SeriesNo.2(Various)_Ampico-63593H_J.MiltonDelcamp

Dreamland Brings Dreams Of You - Waltz Song, Key of C  (Erdman, 1919)
Played by Daniels, Fred          Arto Popular Roll
Click to Listen >>     DreamlandBringsDreamsOfYou(1919)_ArtoPopularRoll-2029_FredDaniels

Everything Is Hotsy Totsy Now - Fox Trot  (Jimmy McHugh (m) - Irving Mills (w), 1925)
Played by Pardey, Laurel & Murn, Edith          Mastertouch Word Roll
Click to Listen >>     EverythingIsHotsyTotsyNow(1925)_MastertouchWordRoll-D1224_LaurelPardeyAndEdithMurn

Fabiola - Op. 8  (Alexander Henneman, 1918)
Played by Henneman, Alexander (the Composer)          Ampico Recording
Click to Listen >>     Fabiola(1918)_AmpicoRecording-67663-G_TheComposer(AlexanderHenneman)

For You a Rose - Fox Trot Song  (Gus Edwards, 1917)
Played by ? (Uncredited Arranger)          US Roll
Click to Listen >>     ForYouaRose(1917)_USRoll-8453_(UncreditedArranger)

Georgia Land - Popular Song  (Harry Carroll & Arthur Fields (u), 1912)
Played by ? (Uncredited Arranger)          US 88 Note Roll
Click to Listen >>     GeorgiaLand(1912)_US88NoteRoll-65655B_(UncreditedArranger)

Hazel Patch Blues - Fox Trot  (Olla Hewitt (w&m), 1926)
Played by Miller, D. E.          Leabarjan Word Roll
Click to Listen >>     HazelPatchBlues(1926)_LeabarjanWordRoll--_D.E.Miller

Hoosier Hop - Fox Trot  (Dreyer - Grossman - MacDonald, 1929)
Played by Shoemaker, Robert          Pianostyle Word Roll
Click to Listen >>     HoosierHop(1929)_PianostyleWordRoll-31183_RobertShoemaker

I Found A New Baby - Fox Trot Blues  (Palmer - Williams, 1926)
Played by Frisino, Woody          MelOArt Word Roll
Click to Listen >>     IFoundANewBaby(1926)_MelOArtWordRoll-x592_WoodyFrisino

I Love You - Little Jessie James - Fox Trot - Key of F  (Archer, 1923)
Played by Lawnhurst, Vee          Ampico Recording
Click to Listen >>     ILoveYou(1923)_AmpicoRecording-204091-E_VeeLawnhurst

I'm Goin' South - Fox Trot  (Woods, 1923)
Played by Schutt, Arthur          Standard Play-A-Roll
Click to Listen >>     I'mGoin'South(1923)_StandardPlay-A-Roll-0587_ArthurSchutt

Improvisation Op. 6, No. 4 and A.D. 1620 Sea Pieces - -  (MacDowell, 1894, 1898)
Played by Campbell, David          Ampico Recording
Click to Listen >>     ImprovisationOp.6,No.4andA.D.1620SeaPieces(1894,1898)_AmpicoRecording-63753-H_DavidCampbell

In The Middle Of The Night - Waltz - G Major  (Donaldson, 1925)
Played by Grofe, Ferdie          Ampico Recording
Click to Listen >>     InTheMiddleOfTheNight(1925)_AmpicoRecording-207281_FerdieGrofe

It's Right Here For You - (If You Don't Get It - 'Taint No Fault O'Mine) - Fox-Trot - Key of C  (Marian Dickerson (w) - Alex Belledna (m), 1920)
Played by Clair, Herbert (assisted by Pinkard, Maceo)          Rythmodik Song Roll
Click to Listen >>     It'sRightHereForYou(1920)_RythmodikSongRoll-Z106293_HerbertClair(assistedbyMaceoPinkard)

Jeannine I Dream Of Lilac Time - Waltz  (Gilbert- Shilkret, 1928)
Played by ? (Uncredited)          Reliance Word Roll
Click to Listen >>     JeannineIDreamOfLilacTime(1928)_RelianceWordRoll-179_(Uncredited)

Jolly Coppersmith (Der Kreuzfidele Kupferschmed) - Humorous March with Chorus  (C. Peter, 1888)
Played by ? (Uncredited Arranger)          US Roll
Click to Listen >>     JollyCoppersmith(DerKreuzfideleKupferschmed)(1888)_USRoll-6011B_(UncreditedArranger)

Kangaroo Hop - Fox Trot  (Melville Morris, 1915)
Played by ? (Uncredited Arranger)          US 88 Note Roll
Click to Listen >>     KangarooHop(1915)_US88NoteRoll-7606B_(UncreditedArranger)

Kentucky Dream - Waltz Song, Key of F - Mandolin Arrangement  (Onivas - Henry, 1918)
Played by Daniels, Fred          Arto Popular Roll
Click to Listen >>     KentuckyDream(1918)_ArtoPopularRoll-2734_FredDaniels

Kuntsler Traume - Waltz  (Vollstedt, ?)
Played by ? (Uncredited Arranger)          Reliance Reproduction of Imperial Linenized
Click to Listen >>     KuntslerTraume_RelianceReproductionofImperialLinenized-60810_(UncreditedArranger)

L'Amour - Toujours - L'Amour - (Love Everlasting) - Ballad - D Major  (Cushing - Friml, 1922)
Played by Carroll, Adam          Ampico Recording
Click to Listen >>     L'Amour-Toujours-L'Amour(1922)_AmpicoRecording-2393_AdamCarroll

Liliput - Chime Fox Trot  (Fredk. Hollander, 1923)
Played by Clarke, Cuthbert & Purvey, M.          Echo Dance Roll
Click to Listen >>     Liliput(1923)_EchoDanceRoll-D1403V_CuthbertClarkeAndM.Purvey

Little Bit Of Rag - Hawaiian Drag - Ukelele Interpolations  (Paul Pratt, 1916)
Played by ? (Uncredited Arranger)          US 88 Note Roll
Click to Listen >>     LittleBitOfRag(1916)_US88NoteRoll-8005B_(UncreditedArranger)

Little Ford Rambled - -  (C. R. Foster (w) - Byron Gay (m), 1915)
Played by ? (Uncredited Arranger)          Supertone Perforated Music Roll
Click to Listen >>     LittleFordRambled(1915)_SupertonePerforatedMusicRoll-70358_(UncreditedArranger)

Lovable And Sweet - (From Street Girl) - Fox Trot  (Oscar Levant (m) - Sidney Clare (w), 1929)
Played by Seibert, Fred          Metro Word Roll
Click to Listen >>     LovableAndSweet(1929)_MetroWordRoll-3886_FredSeibert

Marcheta - Ballad - Key of F  (Schertzinger, 1913)
Played by Fairchild, Edgar          Ampico Recording
Click to Listen >>     Marcheta(1913)_AmpicoRecording-1451-F_EdgarFairchild

Me Too - Fox Trot  (Woods - Tobias - Sherman, 1926)
Played by Germain, Rudy          Vocalstyle Song Roll
Click to Listen >>     MeToo(1926)_VocalstyleSongRoll-13914_RudyGermain

Memory Lane - Waltz - Key of F  (Spier - Conrad, 1923)
Played by Carroll, Adam (assisted by F. S.)          Ampico Recording
Click to Listen >>     MemoryLane(1923)_AmpicoRecording-204961-E_AdamCarroll(assistedbyF.S.)

Moonlight Bay - Popular Song  (Percy Wenrich, 1912)
Played by ? (Uncredited Arranger)          US 88 Note Roll
Click to Listen >>     MoonlightBay(1912)_US88NoteRoll-65202B_(UncreditedArranger)

Musical Comedy Favorites No. 7 - Selections from Sunny (1. Sunny; 2. D'ye Love Me? 3. Two Little Bluebirds; 4. Sunshine; 5. Who?  (Kern, 1925)
Played by Grofe, Ferdie          Ampico Recording
Click to Listen >>     MusicalComedyFavoritesNo.7(1925)_AmpicoRecording-65843-F_FerdieGrofe

My Croony Melody - Popular Song  (Goetz - Goodwin, 1914)
Played by ? (Uncredited Arranger)          US 88 Note Roll
Click to Listen >>     MyCroonyMelody(1914)_US88NoteRoll-66638B_(UncreditedArranger)

My Sunny Tennessee - Fox Trot, Key of G  (Ruby, 1921)
Played by Goodwin, Doris          Arto Word Roll
Click to Listen >>     MySunnyTennessee(1921)_ArtoWordRoll-1447_DorisGoodwin

Naila Ballet - Waltz  (Dohnanyi - Delibes, 1866)
Played by Munz, Mieczslaw          Ampico Recording
Click to Listen >>     NailaBallet(1866)_AmpicoRecording-62693_MieczslawMunz

Nocturne, Op. 54 No. 4 (Grieg) - Melodie (Rubinstein), Russian Waltz (anon)  (Grieg / Rubinstein / Anonymous, 1891 / 1852 / ?)
Played by Lerner, Tina          Ampico Recording
Click to Listen >>     Nocturne,Op.54No.4(Grieg)-And-Melodie(Rubinstein)-And-RussianWaltz(Anon)_AmpicoRecording-100575A_TinaLerner

Now I Know - Fox Trot, Key of F  (Henry, 1919)
Played by Gardner, Alvin          Arto Popular Roll
Click to Listen >>     NowIKnow(1919)_ArtoPopularRoll-2002_AlvinGardner

Oh! What A Pal Was Mary - Waltz Song, Key of G  (Wendling, 1919)
Played by Daniels, Fred          Arto Word Roll
Click to Listen >>     Oh!WhatAPalWasMary(1919)_ArtoWordRoll-950_FredDaniels

That's How I Need You - Waltz Song  (Al Piantadosi & Joseph McCarthy - Joe Goodwin (uncredited), 1912)
Played by ? (Uncredited Arranger)          US 88 Note Roll
Click to Listen >>     That'sHowINeedYou(1912)_US88NoteRoll-65385B_(UncreditedArranger)

The Brooklet - G Major  (Schubert - Rachmaninoff,  )
Played by Rachmaninoff, Sergei          Ampico Recording
Click to Listen >>     TheBrooklet_AmpicoRecording-65771-H_SergeiRachmaninoff

The Levee Rag -  (Fred E. Gates, 1914)
Played by Bergeson, E.          Connorized Guaranteed Hand Played Record
Click to Listen >>     TheLeveeRag(1914)_ConnorizedGuaranteedHandPlayedRecord-10269_E.Bergeson

The Pipe Organ Blues - Blue  (Rose - Barr - Jones, 1923)
Played by Blythe, James          Columbia Word Roll
Click to Listen >>     ThePipeOrganBlues(1923)_ColumbiaWordRoll-681_JamesBlythe

The Triumph Of Beauty - March and Two-Step  (Morris E. Luckenbach, 1911)
Played by ? (Uncredited Arranger)          US 88 Note Roll
Click to Listen >>     TheTriumphOfBeauty(1911)_US88NoteRoll-65035C_(UncreditedArranger)

The Washington Evening Star - March  (Stannard, 1924)
Played by Carroll, Adam (assisted by Shipman, Harry)          Ampico Recording
Click to Listen >>     TheWashingtonEveningStar(1924)_AmpicoRecording-63221-E_AdamCarroll(assistedbyHarryShipman)

There'll Be A Hot Time For The Old Men - One-Step - Key of C  (Meyer, 1918)
Played by Makay, Donald          Rythmodik Song Roll
Click to Listen >>     There'llBeAHotTimeForTheOldMen(1918)_RythmodikSongRoll-X101244_DonaldMakay

Those Draf-Tin Blues - Fox Trot  (Maceo Pinkard, 1918)
Played by Pinkard, Maceo (the Composer)          Connorized Guaranteed Hand Played Record With Song Words
Click to Listen >>     ThoseDraf-TinBlues(1918)_ConnorizedGuaranteedHandPlayedRecordWithSongWords-6217_TheComposer(MaceoPinkard)

To A Water Lily Op. 51 No. 6 and The Eagle Op. 32, No. 1 - -  (McDowell, 1896, 1888)
Played by Volavy, Marguerite          Ampico-Artigraphic Record Music Roll
Click to Listen >>     ToAWaterLilyOp.51No.6andTheEagleOp.32,No.1(1896,1888)_Ampico-ArtigraphicRecordMusicRoll-51013E_MargueriteVolavy

Tom Cat Blues - Blues  (Melrose - Jelly Roll Morton, 1924)
Played by Morton, Jelly Roll          Vocalstyle Song Roll
Click to Listen >>     TomCatBlues(1924)_VocalstyleSongRoll-12983_TheComposer(JellyRollMorton)

Trees - Ballad - D Flat  (Rasbach, 1922)
Played by Suskind, Milton          Ampico Recording
Click to Listen >>     Trees(1922)_AmpicoRecording-1391_MiltonSuskind

Turkey In The Straw - A Ragtime Fantasia  (Traditional - Otto Bonnell, c1820s)
Played by            Supertone Perforated Music Roll
Click to Listen >>     TurkeyInTheStraw(c1820s)_SupertonePerforatedMusicRoll-58315

Valse De Concert - Op. 3  (Wieniawski, c1848)
Played by ? (Uncredited Arranger)          Autopiano Eighty-Eight Note
Click to Listen >>     ValseDeConcert(c1848)_AutopianoEighty-EightNote-3395_(UncreditedArranger)

Victory - March and Two Step  (Adaline Shepherd, 1918)
Played by Prell, Horace O. (arranged by)          US Regular Roll - Prell Edition
Click to Listen >>     VictoryMarch(1918)_USRegularRoll-PrellEdition_HoraceO.Prell(arrangedby)

Waltz Me To Sleep (In Your Arms) - Waltz  (Stasny, 1923)
Played by ? (Uncredited)          Celeste-Art Word Roll
Click to Listen >>     WaltzMeToSleep(InYourArms)(1923)_Celeste-ArtWordRoll-1005_(Uncredited)

Washwoman Blues  (Bollinger - Thomas, 1924)
Played by Thomas, Geo. (the Composer)          US Word Roll
Click to Listen >>     WashwomanBlues(1924)_USWordRoll-42563_Geo.Thomas

Weeping Willow Rag - -  (Scott Joplin, 1903)
Played by Joplin, Scott (the Composer)          Connorized Guaranteed Hand Played Record
Click to Listen >>     WeepingWillowRag(1903)_ConnorizedGuaranteedHandPlayedRecord-10277_TheComposer(ScottJoplin)

When The Honeymoon Was Over - Fox Trot - Key of G  (Fisher, 1921)
Played by Morton, George          Voco Word Roll
Click to Listen >>     WhenTheHoneymoonWasOver(1921)_VocoWordRoll-5488_GeorgeMorton

Where The River Shannon Flows - Ballad  (James I. Russell, 1905)
Played by ? (Uncredited Arranger)          US 88 Note Roll
Click to Listen >>     WhereTheRiverShannonFlows(1905)_US88NoteRoll-62140B_(UncreditedArranger)

Where The River Shannon Flows - Ballad (Mandolin Transcription)  (James I. Russell, 1905)
Played by ? (Uncredited Arranger)          US 88 Note Roll
Click to Listen >>     WhereTheRiverShannonFlows(1905)_US88NoteRoll-64759C_(UncreditedArranger)

Whispering - Fox Trot, Key of E Flat  (Schonberger, 1920)
Played by Walter, Harry W.          Arto Word Roll
Click to Listen >>     Whispering(1920)_ArtoWordRoll-1240_HarryW.Walter

Without You Sweetheart - Fox Trot - E Flat  (DeSylva - Brown - Henderson, 1927)
Played by Reichenthal, Ralph          Ampico Recording
Click to Listen >>     WithoutYouSweetheart(1927)_AmpicoRecording-209741-E_RalphReichenthal

Yodling Songs - Medley - Introducing: Roll on Silver Moon; Sleep Baby Sleep; (Irene's Lullaby); The Mountain Stream.  (Various Composers,  )
Played by Walter, Harry W.          Arto Standard Instrumental Roll
Click to Listen >>     YodlingSongs-Medley_ArtoStandardInstrumentalRoll-86461_HarryW.Walter

You Were Meant For Me - Broadway Melody  (Freed - Brown, 1929)
Played by Lopez (assisted), Vincent          Ampico Recording
Click to Listen >>     YouWereMeantForMe(1929)_AmpicoRecording-211591-E_VincentLopez(assisted)

You're The Cream In My Coffee - (From Hold Everything)  (Henderson - Brown - DeSylva, 1928)
Played by Fecher, Joseph          Atlas Word Roll
Click to Listen >>     You'reTheCreamInMyCoffee(1928)_AtlasWordRoll-3650_JosephFecher

 


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