Music and World-Building in the Colonial City: Newcastle, NSW, and its Townships, 1860-1880

1st Edition

Helen English

June 8, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 224 Pages - 33 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367077648 - CAT# K405888
Series: Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain

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Music and World-Building in the Colonial City investigates how nineteenth-century migrants to Australia used music as a resource for world-building, focusing on coal-mining regions of New South Wales. It explores how music-making helped British migrants to create communities in unfamiliar country, often with little to no infrastructure. Its key themes are:

  • people’s relationships to music within specific contexts
  • how music making intersects with class, gender and ethnic background
  • identity through music.

Situated within a wider discourse on music and identity, music and well-being and music and emotions, this is an authoritative study of historical communities and their relationship with music. It will be of particular interest to scholars and researchers working in the fields of sociomusicology, colonial studies and cultural studies.

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