A few months ago, I had the chance to meet the French ethnomusicologist Gilbert Rouget in his apartment in Paris. Rouget joined Paris Musée de l’Homme in 1942 as the assistant to André Schaeffner and was appointed Head of the Ethnomusicology department in 1965. His most famous work is his book “Music and Trance” (“La …
In the early 1930’s, the French edition of Vogue included a column on newly published records featuring great illustrations by Swiss and French artists Herbert Libiszewski, aka Libis (1897-1985) and Raymond de Lavererie (1901-1956). Here is a small selection. Source: Gallica. November 1931 – http://c.bnf.fr/fMvMay 1930 – http://c.bnf.fr/fMHJune 1933 – http://c.bnf.fr/fMEJune 1930 – http://c.bnf.fr/fMKMay 1932 – …
A promotional 78 rpm record for the Ondes Martenot released during The Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne held in Paris in 1937. Transfer by Claude Fihman.
Antarctica, Christmas 1904. French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot playing a cylinder of Baryton Jean Lassalle for a public of penguins. The program of this Christmas concert included “Ouvre tes yeux bleus, ma mignonne” (Jules Massenet) and “Connais-tu le pays où fleurit l’oranger?” (Ambroise Thomas). Source: Le Monde Colonial Illustré, January 1939 – Gallica.
Nice Odéon advertisement from 1929. Source: Le Petit journal, December 24th, 1929 – Gallica.
“The Court concludes that it is urgent to forbid bad talking machines to deform the public’s artistic sense and unanimously sentences saphir machines to eternal silence“. Fascinating example of the commercial battle between the Gramophone Company and Pathé in France in the early 20th century! Source: Le Matin, January 26th, 1910 – Gallica.
An advertisement from 1907 for the French branch of the Edison Company. Source: Le Matin, December 5th, 1907 – Gallica
Interesting story: in 1928, two Opera artists take legal action against the French P.T.T. (Posts, Telegraphs and Telephons). Source: Le Petit Journal, December 24th, 1928 – Gallica.