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Wottle, M. (2019). ”… bland sina harmoniska vänner var han människa”: Harmoniska sällskapet i Stockholm 1820–1865, musiken och det civila samhället. Historisk Tidskrift (S), 139(4), 689-716
Open this publication in new window or tab >>”… bland sina harmoniska vänner var han människa”: Harmoniska sällskapet i Stockholm 1820–1865, musiken och det civila samhället
2019 (Swedish)In: Historisk Tidskrift (S), ISSN 0345-469X, Vol. 139, no 4, p. 689-716Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

”…among his Harmonic friends he was just a human”: The Harmonic Society in Stockholm 1820–1865, music and civil society

For several decades, the Harmonic Society occupied a special place among the voluntary associations of early nineteenth-century Stockholm. During its heydays in the 1820s and 1830s, its combined forces of about 120 choristers and 40 musicians – all but a few amateurs – were hailed as the backbone of musical life in the capital.

Drawing on evidence primarily from contemporary newspapers and letters, the article argues that the Harmonic society in its early phase provides a good illustration of a voluntary association as a key factor in an emerging civil society. In line with previous research on voluntary associations, it shows that the purpose guiding the musical society was to provide a haven for music-lovers – irrespective of estate or conviction. In their joint projects – in this case large scale choral works – everyone could come together, freed from other attachments or daily obligations.

The Harmonic Society was founded by ten men who constituted a cross-section of the 1820s middle class, with a background as tradesmen, civil servants and professionals. They soon adopted a double mission of ”dilettantism”

and ”reform”. The core activity was the social commitment to singing and playing, for the sheer love of music, in private or with invited guests. However, in the early 1820s the society also started a singing school for children, and (from 1824) gave occasional public concerts, sometimes for charity. Love of music should be for the benefit of society.

In 1831, with the election of nobleman Bernhard von Beskow as chairman, the Harmonic society embarked on a different path. The aim was now to attract the attention of the royal court and nobility, thus elevating the Harmonic Society from its middle-class origins. This ambition proved successful in the sense that newspapers in the 1830s regularly reported on the activities of the society, dutifully stressing the attendance of royalties and high society. But these ambitions caused severe tensions within the society, with older members lamenting the loss of their unassuming comradeship and humbler gatherings.

From the 1840s, the society met with new challenges. The public music scene was expanding and becoming more professionalized and commercialized.

New genres, not least the male choir, often formed by workers’ associations, posed a new kind of competition. From c. 1850, most of its activities seems to have waned, after several failed attempts at revival. The cultural public sphere had moved on, leaving the bourgeois amateurs’ 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Svenska Historiska Föreningen, 2019
Keywords
musical societies, voluntary associations, civil society, public sphere, amateurism, early nineteenth-century
National Category
History
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39544 (URN)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, A005-2010
Available from: 2019-12-05 Created: 2019-12-05 Last updated: 2019-12-05Bibliographically approved
Blomberg, E., Waldemarson, Y. & Wottle, M. (2014). Jämställdhet i vår tid (1ed.). In: Ivarsson Westerberg, Anders, Waldemarson, Ylva & Östberg, Kjell (Ed.), Det långa 1990-talet: när Sverige förändrades (pp. 353-382). Umeå: Boréa Bokförlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Jämställdhet i vår tid
2014 (Swedish)In: Det långa 1990-talet: när Sverige förändrades / [ed] Ivarsson Westerberg, Anders, Waldemarson, Ylva & Östberg, Kjell, Umeå: Boréa Bokförlag, 2014, 1, p. 353-382Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Boréa Bokförlag, 2014 Edition: 1
National Category
History
Research subject
Historical Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-24632 (URN)978-91-89140-88-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-09-22 Created: 2014-09-22 Last updated: 2019-04-25Bibliographically approved
Wottle, M. & Blomberg, E. (2011). Feminism och jämställdhet i en nyliberal kontext 1990-2010. Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap (2-3), 97-115
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Feminism och jämställdhet i en nyliberal kontext 1990-2010
2011 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, E-ISSN 2001-1377, no 2-3, p. 97-115Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: , 2011
Keywords
jämställdhetspolitik, politik, nyliberal feminism, feminism, historia, kvinnors företagande
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-13509 (URN)898/42/2011 (Local ID)898/42/2011 (Archive number)898/42/2011 (OAI)
Projects
Att gå in i politiken. Kvinnliga entreprenörer som policyentreprenörer i svensk politik 1990-2008.
Available from: 2011-11-24 Created: 2011-11-24 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
Blomberg, E. & Wottle, M. (2011). Företagandets femokrater: jämställdhetsstrategier inom organisationen Företagarna 1990-2005. In: Mikael Lönnborg, Paulina Rytkönen (Ed.), Business History in Sweden: Näringslivshistoria i Sverige (pp. 525-547). Möklinta: Gidlunds förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Företagandets femokrater: jämställdhetsstrategier inom organisationen Företagarna 1990-2005
2011 (Swedish)In: Business History in Sweden: Näringslivshistoria i Sverige / [ed] Mikael Lönnborg, Paulina Rytkönen, Möklinta: Gidlunds förlag, 2011, p. 525-547Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Möklinta: Gidlunds förlag, 2011
Keywords
Företagande, jämställdhetspolitik
National Category
Economics and Business Gender Studies History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-11870 (URN)898/42/2011 (Local ID)978-91-7844-828-9 (ISBN)898/42/2011 (Archive number)898/42/2011 (OAI)
Projects
Att gå in i politiken. Kvinnliga entreprenörer som policyentreprenörer i svensk politik, 1990-2008.
Available from: 2011-10-03 Created: 2011-10-03 Last updated: 2017-06-19Bibliographically approved
Blomberg, E., Hedlund, G. & Wottle, M. (2011). Inledning: stat, marknad, familj och individ. In: Eva Blomberg, Gun Hedlund, Martin Wottle (Ed.), Kvinnors företagande: mål eller medel? (pp. 9-35). Stockholm: SNS förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Inledning: stat, marknad, familj och individ
2011 (Swedish)In: Kvinnors företagande: mål eller medel? / [ed] Eva Blomberg, Gun Hedlund, Martin Wottle, Stockholm: SNS förlag, 2011, p. 9-35Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: SNS förlag, 2011
National Category
Business Administration Sociology Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-10631 (URN)978-91-86203-86-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2011-08-17 Created: 2011-08-17 Last updated: 2017-06-19Bibliographically approved
Blomberg, E., Waldemarson, Y. & Wottle, M. (2011). Jämställt företagande 1990–2010. In: Eva Blomberg, Gun Hedlund, Martin Wottle (Ed.), Kvinnors företagande: mål eller medel? (pp. 76-113). Stockholm: SNS förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Jämställt företagande 1990–2010
2011 (Swedish)In: Kvinnors företagande: mål eller medel? / [ed] Eva Blomberg, Gun Hedlund, Martin Wottle, Stockholm: SNS förlag , 2011, p. 76-113Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: SNS förlag, 2011
National Category
Business Administration Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-10632 (URN)978-91-86203-86-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2011-08-17 Created: 2011-08-17 Last updated: 2019-04-25Bibliographically approved
Blomberg, E., Hedlund, G. & Wottle, M. (Eds.). (2011). Kvinnors företagande: mål eller medel?. Stockholm: SNS förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kvinnors företagande: mål eller medel?
2011 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: SNS förlag, 2011. p. 333
National Category
Business Administration Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-10630 (URN)978-91-86203-86-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2011-08-17 Created: 2011-08-17 Last updated: 2017-06-19Bibliographically approved
Wottle, M. (2010). Detaljhandeln med kläder och tyger, 1734–1834. In: Klas Nyberg (Ed.), Till salu: Stockholms textila handel och manufaktur 1722–1846 (pp. 119-141). Stockholm: Stads- och kommunhistoriska institutet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Detaljhandeln med kläder och tyger, 1734–1834
2010 (Swedish)In: Till salu: Stockholms textila handel och manufaktur 1722–1846 / [ed] Klas Nyberg, Stockholm: Stads- och kommunhistoriska institutet , 2010, p. 119-141Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Stads- och kommunhistoriska institutet, 2010
Series
Studier i stads- och kommunhistoria, ISSN 0284-1193 ; 36
Keywords
textilindustri, handel, Stockholm, 1700-tal, 1800-tal, korporationer
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-9983 (URN)91-7031-221-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2011-07-26 Created: 2011-07-26 Last updated: 2016-10-13Bibliographically approved
Wottle, M. & Blomberg, E. (2010). Liberal Feminism Revisited: Gender Equality, Entrepreneurship and the Political Landscape in Sweden from the 1990s. In: : . Paper presented at Eighth European Social Science History Conference, Ghent 13-16 April, 2010..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Liberal Feminism Revisited: Gender Equality, Entrepreneurship and the Political Landscape in Sweden from the 1990s
2010 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
History
Research subject
Historical Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-25743 (URN)898/42/2011 (Local ID)898/42/2011 (Archive number)898/42/2011 (OAI)
Conference
Eighth European Social Science History Conference, Ghent 13-16 April, 2010.
Projects
Att gå in i politiken. Kvinnliga företagare som policyentreprenörer i svensk politik, 1990–2008
Funder
VINNOVA
Available from: 2015-01-08 Created: 2015-01-08 Last updated: 2017-06-19Bibliographically approved
Wottle, M. (2010). What's New?: Legal Discourse on Second-Hand Goods in Early Nineteenth Century Stockholm. In: Jon Stobart, Ilja Van Damme (Ed.), Modernity and the Second-Hand Trade: European Consumption Cultures and Practices, 1700–1900 (pp. 19-36). New York: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>What's New?: Legal Discourse on Second-Hand Goods in Early Nineteenth Century Stockholm
2010 (English)In: Modernity and the Second-Hand Trade: European Consumption Cultures and Practices, 1700–1900 / [ed] Jon Stobart, Ilja Van Damme, New York: Palgrave Macmillan , 2010, p. 19-36Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-10629 (URN)000292554400003 ()978-0-230-22946-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2011-08-17 Created: 2011-08-17 Last updated: 2016-10-13Bibliographically approved
Projects
Borgarklassens diskreta charm. Stadens borgerliga arenor i Östersjöområdet. En studie om det långa 1800-talet [A005-2010_OSS]; Södertörn University; Publications
Wottle, M. (2019). ”… bland sina harmoniska vänner var han människa”: Harmoniska sällskapet i Stockholm 1820–1865, musiken och det civila samhället. Historisk Tidskrift (S), 139(4), 689-716Douglas, C. (2019). En kolonial elits sista strid: Tyskbalternas sommartillvaro vid Rigaschen Strand runt sekelskiftet 1900. Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, 40(2), 5-27
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