Fernand Martin and music for piano !

Adolphe Baroncelli known under the name of Adolphe Gauwin, born April 23, 1865 in the 16th arrondissement of Paris city where he died March 2, 1934 at his home in the 10th arrondissement, was a French composer.
His merits: more then 800 works
Sources: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Most of his compositions are under the name AD Gauwin. This composer has also released a few piano compositions in 1903, based on Fernand Martin’s toys as an example. At that time you could buy the compositions separately or as a bundle.

As you can see on the list, numbers 3 to 8 are names of well known Martin toys.
Numbers 1 and 2 are still questionable.
Could number 1 be the “Le Sonneur Endiablé “?
Could number 2 be the “Ma Portière”?
You should be able to watch the entire series to be sure, but they are very difficult to find, maybe one of the readers has the whole series ?? let me know.

But from this one, the number 8 on the chart above, it’s pretty clear.
And of this number 5 it is also very clear

Can anyone help me with more pictures from this piano music series? mail me cor@vanschaijk.com

3 gedachten over “Fernand Martin and music for piano !

  1. Number 1 (“Carillonneur”, in English: “Bell-ringer”) most likely refers to Martin’s early toy “Le Sonneur endiablé” (in English: “The Swinging Ringer”).
    Your second guess seems to be right with number 2, “Mme Pipelet” certainly refers to “La Portière”. “Pipelet” originally was the name of a janitor in Eugène Sue’s 1843 novel “Les mystères de Paris”. It was later used as generic name for janitors, especially in its feminine form “pipelette”.
    You don’t point out the intentional pun between “Air de balai” (in English: “Broom Aria”) and “Air de ballet” (in English: “Ballet Aria”).
    Moerover the name of the collection tells it all: “Les nouveaux jouets parisiens” translate in English “The New Parisian Toys”.

  2. Hi Francois.
    Thank you for your comment.
    I also had my doubts about number 1 but because it says “The New Parisian Toys” I thought the reference to the pianist made the most sense, but to be sure I’m looking for the complete series of piano work with the images.
    Greetings Cor

  3. At the begin of the 20th century, the very inexpensive mechanical toys like Fernand Martin’s weren’t scrupulously monitored by collectors like they are today. Therefore, many toys, genuinely new or still sold as new twenty years after their initial release, appeared anyway new for the majority of the public… And in a sense, they were new, because they differed considerably from the more expensive and traditional toys inherited from the 19th century. And there would have been no good reason to call a “pianiste” a “carillonneur”, which strictly translates in and only in bell-ringer.

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