National Jukebox Revives Early 20th Century Music

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In this week's Arts File, Kerry Nolan speaks with Mark Katz, musicologist, music professor, and author of the book Capturing Sound: How Technology Changed Music about a trove of historical recordings called the National Jukebox now available from the Library of Congress.

The organization has launched the National Jukebox, an online database of more than 10,000 sound recordings from 1901 to 1925. The collection includes everything from ragtime to speeches to ethnic music of the era. There's also a large number of opera and classical pieces to stream on the site. The recordings cannot be downloaded, but they are available for free. You can also listen to some songs embedded below.

Waiting for Robert E. Lee performed by the Heidelberg Quintette (1912)


Siegfried Fantasies performed by Sousa's Band (1906)


Polka Scherzo performed by W. Eugene Page and Roy Butin (1909)


When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder, I'll Be There performed by Hadyn Quartet with Harry Macdonough