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The place of the phonograph and gramophone in Sweden 1900-1945: Mediatization of Music and Musicalization of the Media
Örebro University, School of Music, Theatre and Art. (ACCLAIM, Aesthetics, Culture and Media)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5809-3575
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

It has become a commonplace to describe the entrance of the phonograph into Western music history as taking place in the parlor, or (depending on the decade of focus) the more modern living room. ”Americans”, as we are told in an influential book, ”increasingly welcomed the phonograph into their parlors”. People were ”at home with the phonograph” already at the turn of the 20th century, since there was ”a phonograph in every home”. With classical musicians such as Caruso, Toscanini, and Heifetz on record, one can even speak of a “domestication of the concert hall”. This paper looks at role of the phonograph/gramophone from a different perspective. Rather than the economically prosperous east coast of the USA, the focus is on Sweden, a country with one of the lowest standards of living in Europe during the first half of the 20th century. Instead of commercial advertising (as in many of the above cases), the sources are daily papers and weekly journals (addressing the middle and lower classes), together with catalogues of early housing- and home exhibitions, and a national survey from 1962. By inquiring locations, spaces and rooms where gramophones were actually used, a different picture appears that emphasizes popular music and dancing. The results are discussed in the context of the ”mediatization of music”, as well as the corresponding ”musicalization of the media”.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Keywords [en]
Music, Musicalization, Mediatization, Gramophone, Livingroom, Solitary Listening
National Category
Musicology
Research subject
Musicology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-75762OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-75762DiVA, id: diva2:1342588
Conference
Geomedia 2019. Revisiting The Home, Karlstad, Sweden, May 7–10, 2019
Funder
Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2019-08-14 Created: 2019-08-14 Last updated: 2019-08-14Bibliographically approved

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