Snippet No.3 The early recordings- Malta 1931-32


1931. The year when the major record companies decided it was in their interest merge and come together under one name to form Electrical and Musical industries (EMI). Using the highest technology available, recording engineers would capture the music and artistry of musicians worldwide, including Malta. The playback machines or gramophones had already been made accessible to the local population that was consuming shellac 78rpm records of foreign music including Italian opera. Musicians and composers were alive and well in a healthy and thriving musical scene that fed its Valletta audiences through the Royal Opera House, the Manoel Theatre and the regular dance-orchestras at Café Premier and elsewhere. Recorded music was becoming a new and fashionable good which was now accessible in retail outlets, and which encouraged local entrepreneurs to record Maltese music.

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