In total, only 10 machines were produced, with 5 exported to the United States. It had 44 keys and could print 88 notes or music symbols by using the shift key. The typewriter could print the staff, and notes and chords were gradually built up by printing the note and then the stem and flags, or beams. Keys were color-coded to remind users of various functions, and via a dedicated pointer, the carriage could be adjusted up and down to move the paper to the necessary position. The advertisement proudly reads, “the notes are written as easily, as quickly, and as exactly as one would play them on the keyboard of a piano. The copyist is never fatigued, and the typewritten score is quite as neat and clear as a printed sheet.” The outbreak of World War II puts an end to the Melotype, and musicians and composers had to wait for the advent of computing software and MIDI keyboard input to fully realize the possibility of this classic musical typewriter.
Tchaikovsky: Träumerei, Op. 39, No. 21
- The Music Typewriter of Charles Spiro When Joseph Haydn was putting the finishing touches on a symphony during the later stages of his career