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Voice recording of 19th century German statesman Bismarck found in US

London , Wed, 01 Feb 2012 ANI

London, Feb 1 (ANI): Otto van Bismarck can be heard for the first time in over a century, as a wax cylinder recording of his voice has been released.

 

The recording was made in 1889 by a technician working for Thomas Edison and has now been restored using digital technology by the Thomas Edison National Historical Park museum.

 

The Otto Von Bismarck Foundation in Germany, which believed the recordings to be lost, has called the discovery "sensational".

 

The cylinder was among 17 found in 1957 in an unlabelled box at Edison's laboratory in the US state of New Jersey, the BBC reported.

 

Bismarck is barely audible on the recordings but can be heard reciting extracts of poetry, songs, and giving words of advice to his son.

 

Intriguingly, at one point the German statesman also breaks into the first lines of the French national anthem, 'La Marseillaise'.

 

The cylinders have also yielded songs and rhapsodies by German and Hungarian musicians, including what is thought to be the first ever recording of a work by Polish composer Frederyk Chopin. (ANI)

 


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