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Music and Mourning

1st Edition

Edited by Jane W. Davidson, Sandra Garrido


144 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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While grief is suffered in all cultures, it is expressed differently all over the world in accordance with local customs and beliefs. Music has been associated with the healing of grief for many centuries, with Homer prescribing music as an antidote to sorrow as early as the 7th Century BC. The changing role of music in expressions of grief and mourning throughout history and in different cultures reflects the changing attitudes of society towards life and death itself. This volume investigates the role of music in mourning rituals across time and culture, discussing the subject from the multiple perspectives of music history, music psychology, ethnomusicology and music therapy.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

On Music and Mourning

Jane W. Davidson & Sandra Garrido

Chapter 2

The Modern Funeral and Music for Celebration: Part I

Sandra Garrido & Jane W. Davidson

Chapter 3

The Modern Funeral and Music for Celebration: Part II

Sandra Garrido & Jane W. Davidson

Chapter 4

‘The Ceremony of Tolling the Bell at the Time of Death’:

Bell-ringing and Mourning in England c.1500-c1700.

Dolly MacKinnon

Chapter 5

Haunting music: Hearing the voices of the dead

Helen Dell

Chapter 6

The Psychological Function of Music in Mourning Rituals:

Examples from Three Continents

Sandra Garrido & Waldo F. Garrido

Chapter 7

‘Under the Bruised Sky’: Music and Mourning in Post-revolutionary Iran

Sarah Walker

Chapter 8

Restoring songs: on mourning and an ‘everyday’ performance genre in northern Australia

Sally Treloyn

Chapter 9

Music Therapy and Mourning

Katrina McFerran & Alexander Crooke

Chapter 10

Embracing Life in the Face of Death: Community Singing with the Elderly

Jane W. Davidson


About the Editors

Jane W. Davidson is a singer and stage director with research interests in performance and expression, voice, musical development and wellbeing. She was Editor of Psychology of Music (1997–2001), Vice-President of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (2003–2006) and President of the Musicological Society of Australia (2010–2011). She is currently Professor of Creative and Performing Arts (Music) at The University of Melbourne and Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She has published over 100 scholarly contributions and secured a range of grants and awards in both Australia and overseas.

Sandra Garrido is a pianist, violinist and researcher in music psychology. She completed her PhD at the University of New South Wales and subsequently spent several years in post-doctoral research at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, exploring the use of music in depression in both the modern day and historically. She is currently a National Health and Medical Research Council and Australian Research Council Dementia Research Fellow at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University. She has published over 30 academic publications including a book co-authored with Jane Davidson entitled My Life As A Playlist (2014).

About the Series

Music and Change: Ecological Perspectives

Music and Change: Ecological Perspectives, is a cross-disciplinary, topic-led series for scholars and practitioners. Its aim is to explore the question of how, where and when music makes a difference. If music is a dynamic ingredient of change, what are the processes and mechanisms associated with music’s powers, and how can ecological perspectives help us to understand music in action? Book proposals are welcome in any of the following areas: healthcare, social policy, political activism, psychiatry, embodiment, mind and consciousness, community relations, education and informal learning, management and organizational cultures, trauma, memory and commemoration, theories of action, self-help, conflict and conflict resolution, the life course, spirituality and religion, disability studies, palliative care, social criticism, governance, resistance, protest, and utopian communities.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Death, Grief, Bereavement
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology