Music and World-Building in the Colonial City: Newcastle, NSW, and its Townships, 1860-1880, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Music and World-Building in the Colonial City

Newcastle, NSW, and its Townships, 1860-1880, 1st Edition

By Helen English


224 pages | 33 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367077648
pub: 2020-06-08
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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.

About the Author/Editor

Helen J. English is a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She has a strong interest in music communities past and present and to capturing ways music is at work in the every- and the out-of-the-ordinary-day.

About the Series

Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain

So much of our ‘common’ knowledge of music in nineteenth-century Britain is bound up with received ideas. This series disputes their validity through research critically reassessing our perceptions of the period. Volumes in the series cover wide-ranging areas such as composers and composition; conductors, management and entrepreneurship; performers and performing; music criticism and the press; concert venues and promoters; church music and music theology; repertoire, genre, analysis and theory; instruments and technology; music education and pedagogy; publishing, printing and book selling; reception, historiography and biography; women and music; masculinity and music; gender and sexuality; domestic music-making; empire, orientalism and exoticism; and music in literature, poetry, theatre and dance.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General