Portamento and the Phonograph Effect

  title={Portamento and the Phonograph Effect},
  author={Mark Katz},
  journal={Journal of Musicological Research},
  pages={211 - 232}
  • Mark Katz
  • Published 22 September 2006
  • History
  • Journal of Musicological Research
In the early 1930s portamento, a technique that had long been integral to the art of violin playing, began to fall into disfavor. This article contends that the decline in portamento was closely tied to the rise of a technology that was intended to preserve—not change—musical performance: sound recording. The decline of portamento may be understood in part as a “phonograph effect,” a response to the unique qualities and demands of recording technology. While portamento may create a sense of… 

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