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The World- and National Expositions of the 19th Century as Models of Museum Activities, with a Focus on Historical Concerts in Musical Instrument Museums
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Performance was a natural part of the activities in several of the early musical instrument museums formed in the second half of the 19’s Century. The Stockholm Museum of Music History (Today called Swedish Museum of Performing Arts) was formed in 1898, after an idea the initiators got during the Theatre and Music exhibition at the Stockholm Exposition of Arts and Industry in 1897. In the declaration of the new museum was clearly stated that the instruments should be put into playable condition to fulfil their educational significance. In this paper the aims and settings of the world- and national expositions will be examined, with a special focus on the Stockholm events in 1897. The deliberate combination of the ultra modern and historicism at this exposition can be said to mirror the complexity of the early music revival that was promoted in this context through the many performances going on in conjunction with the exhibitions. Historical concerts on period instruments as a part of the early history of musical instrument museums were probably an important trigger and perhaps a precondition for the instrumental Early Music Revival. The investigation is based on extensive source material from the Stockholm Expo of 1897 and the archives of the Stockholm Music Museum and forms part of the authors on-going doctoral thesis.

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2015.
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Musicology
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Musicology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125332OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-125332DiVA, id: diva2:892410
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CIMCIM Conference 2015. Performers and Performance in a Museum Environment: Global Perspectives, St. Petersburg, Russia, June 27-July 2, 2015
Available from: 2016-01-10 Created: 2016-01-10 Last updated: 2018-03-27Bibliographically approved

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