AARONS, Emanuel (arranger); HURLEY, Frank (field recordings)
Pearls and savages : a cycle of Papuan melodies
Sydney : Paling, 1921. “Royal edition, no. 99”. Quarto (310 x 240 mm), original printed green wrappers (scattered stains, short paper split at tail of spine), 15 pp, music notation (arrangement for piano), five pieces of music each preceded by a contextual paragraph, with photographic illustrations, including portraits of Hurley and Aarons, and line drawings; a good copy, from The Papuan Collection of Charles Fletcher (Melbourne), his bookplate to inside front cover.
Very scarce sheet music publication containing Emanuel Aarons’ arrangements of field recordings made by Australian photographer and filmmaker Frank Hurley in Papua 1920-21. Aarons, a Sydney pianist and theatre organist, transcribed the music from Hurley’s wax cylinder recordings. The sheet music was probably issued prior to the release of Hurley’s documentary film, Pearls and savages (1921), as there is no mention of the film in the accompanying text.
Only four copies are recorded in Australian collections (University of Queensland; National Library of Australia; State Library of New South Wales; Charles Sturt University Library), with just a further two copies in OCLC (British Library; University of Auckland Library).