Date/Time: Thu 24 Aug / 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music
Music Research Seminars
“Strong and Sweet”: the So-Called ‘German Bands’ of Pre-WW1 Australia
The ‘German band’ concept remains integrally associated in the Australia public mind with German ethnicity though such things as the extroverted oom-pah music of present-day Oktoberfest and German or ‘Bavarian’-themed venues. But costumed ‘German bands’ were a prominent feature of Australian street and broader popular entertainment from the late 1840s until WW1. This seminar paper applies social, cultural and musicological ‘flesh and bones’ to what has more or less remained the ‘myth’ of the ubiquitous ‘German bands’ that often entertained and charmed while being perceived by others as a social, racial and sonic blot on the streetscapes and public spaces of pre-WW1 Australia.
Adjunct Professor, John Whiteoak, produced the first monograph history of improvisation in Australia (1999) and was co-General Editor of the Currency Companion to Music and Dance in Australia (2003). His Tango Touch publication project (www.ausmdr.com) about Hispanic and Continental European influences on music and dance in Australia has, so far, produced 23 publications and a monograph nearing completion.
For further information, please contact Adrian McNeil on 50872.
Thursday 24 Aug
12:00 am – 12:00 pm
(Menzies Building) 20 Chancellors Walk,