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  1. Australian Music Divas: Dame Nellie Melba
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    Australian soprano, Dame Nellie Melba is regarded as the most accomplished and famous soprano of her time and was the first Australian to achieve international recognition on the opera stage.

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  2. Music resources theme - ABC Concert Online
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    For a rich musical experience, follow the music in our theme while listening to an ABC Classic FM broadcast.
    The Song Company and pianist Ian Munro perform a musical view of Australia's cultural history, presented by ABC Classic FM. From quadrilles to cricket, the concert draws on rare finds from the nation’s music collections from colonial Australia to the Second World War.
    The concert forms the finale to a four part ABC Classic FM documentary radio series ‘Canberra’s Calling’, curated by composer and broadcaster Vincent Plush and the National Library of Australia's Curator of Music, Robyn Holmes.
    Due to copyright restrictions, a few items from the program are not available online.

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  3. Music resources theme - ARIA - Awards
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    The ARIA Awards recognise excellence and innovation across all genres of Australian music. The ARIA Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards have been an important part of the Australian Recording Industry Association since the Awards inception in 1987. Of the 28 ARIA award categories, 26 are peer-voted by industry members and two- the highest selling album and the highest selling single - are based on audited sales results.

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  4. Music resources theme - ARIA 2009 Awards
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    The ARIA Awards recognise excellence and innovation across all genres of Australian music. The ARIA Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards have been an important part of the Australian Recording Industry Association since the Awards inception in 1987.Of the 28 ARIA award categories, 26 are peer-voted by industry members and two- the highest selling album and the highest selling single - are based on audited sales results.

    A list of the 2009 ARIA Awards winners and nominees, curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  5. Music resources theme - ARIA Awards - 2007
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    2007 ARIA Award winners: Silverchair, Damien Leith, Missy Higgins, Gotye, Keith Urban, John Butler Trio, The Wiggles, Sneaky Sound System, Sarah Blasko, Hilltop Hoods, Dave Hughes, Operator Please and Josh Pyke.

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  6. Music resources theme - ARIA Awards - Hall of fame - 2006
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    The ARIA Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards are awarded at the discretion of the ARIA Board. Traditionally taking place during the music awards ceremony, ARIA has inducted artists as diverse as Nick Cave, AC/DC, Joan Sutherland, Johnny O'Keefe, Slim Dusty , Jimmy Little and many more into the Hall of Fame. In 2007 Nick Cave, Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, Hoodoo Gurus, Frank Ifield, Radio Birdman, Brian Cadd and Marcia Hines were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

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    The ARIA Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards are awarded at the discretion of the ARIA Board. Traditionally taking place during the music awards ceremony, ARIA has inducted artists as diverse as Nick Cave, AC/DC, Joan Sutherland, Johnny O'Keefe, Slim Dusty , Jimmy Little and many more into the Hall of Fame. In 2007 Nick Cave, Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, Hoodoo Gurus, Frank Ifield, Radio Birdman, Brian Cadd and Marcia Hines were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

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  8. Music resources theme - Australian flora
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    Delight in the variety of songs about flowers and the beautiful sheet music covers that illustrate them in our Flora theme. Discover odes to Australia's national emblem, the golden wattle and other native flora, flowery love songs and waltzes.

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  9. Music resources theme - Australian folk music
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    Folk music is a broad genre encompassing many styles and origins. In the early days of the Australian colonies, convict ballads and songs became the foundation of Australia's later day folk music. Folk songs are commonly seen as songs that express something about a way of life that exists now or in the past.

    Sample some of Australia's folk music

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  10. Music resources theme - Australian Indigenous music - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music
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    Many indigenous people from all parts of Australia celebrate their deep spiritual connections with the land through song, dance and ceremony in traditional and contemporary forms. The advent of digital technology is allowing a much wider exposure of indigenous music than ever before.

    Explore some of the music of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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  11. Music resources theme - Australian Indigenous music - Western interpretations of Aboriginal music
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    European colonists witnessed the dramatic public spectacles of Aboriginal ceremonies and social entertainments, and composers such as Isaac Nathan attempted to imitate the sounds they heard. In the 1940s, John Antill created an international sensation with his ballet Corroboree.

    Here is a selection of resources relating to western interpretations of Australian Aboriginal music found in Australian collections.

    Please note that works shown in this theme reflect attitudes of their time, and may cause offence to contemporary audiences.

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  12. Music resources theme - Australian musical treasures - Culture
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    Enjoy highlights of Australia’s rich and vibrant cultural life, ranging from Percy Grainger to AC/DC, from the Bushwhackers to Dame Nellie Melba as well as our growing appreciation of Indigenous culture. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  13. Music resources theme - Australian musical treasures - Heroes and Villains
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    Hero or villain? Meet some of the iconic figures from our past: aviators and sporting heroes, bushrangers and Anzacs. Even a horse! Cureated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  14. Music resources theme - Australian musical treasures - Hope and Hardship
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    Journey through the hope and hardship of emigration, the gold rush and the depression. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  15. Music resources theme - Australian musical treasures - Innovation and Industry
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    Celebrate innovation in music - from the grand design of the opera house to the craft of instrument making and discover songs about Australia’s progress in industry – from the car and aeroplane to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  16. Music resources theme - Australian musical treasures - National Obsessions
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    What are Australia’s national obsessions? We’ve singled out odes to sport, the beach and our fascination with the royal family. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  17. Music resources theme - Australian musical treasures - Settlement, Land and Nature
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    Visit the colonies and see how the early settlers used music to express proud feelings towards their new home. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  18. Music resources theme - Australian musical treasures - Under the Southern Cross
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    The Southern Cross was a guiding star for European explorers and remains a symbol of our national identity. Discover songs that first represented the idea of our nation. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  19. Music resources theme - Australian musical treasures - War and Loss
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    Music has documented our participation in war, spanning stirring patriotic anthems and recruiting songs through to poignant elegies for the fallen. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  20. Music resources theme - Australian Opera and Music Theatre - Divas and dames
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    Explore the colour and spectacle of Australian opera and musical theatre, with a special feature on our most celebrated divas.

    Australia has a rich tradition of producing and welcoming great women singers. During the 1850s, many of the world's finest singers such as Anna Bishop and Catherine Hayes toured the capital cities and the goldfields. The long line of outstanding 'home-grown' talent included Nellie Stewart, Amy Castles, Gladys Moncrieff, Florence Austral, and of course, La Stupenda, Dame Joan Sutherland.

    You're in the right place to discover our greatest divas and dames.

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  21. Music resources theme - Australian Opera and Music Theatre - Lighter moments
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    Explore the colour and spectacle of Australian opera and musical theatre, with a special feature on our most celebrated divas.

    The earliest operettas reached Australia in the 1870s, a period during which works of Jacques Offenbach were extremely popular. The first Gilbert and Sullivan performance was a production of Patience in 1882. The operetta form evolved over time into the present day 'musical'.

    Lighter moments features an intriguing selection of electronic resources on Australian operetta and musical productions, production companies, and personalities.

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  22. Music resources theme - Australian Opera and Music theatre - Melba
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    Explore the colour and spectacle of Australian opera and musical theatre, with a special feature on our most celebrated divas.

    Born Helen Porter Mitchell in 1861, soprano Dame Nellie Melba had the voice of an angel. Arguably the most famous Australian of her generation, she enjoyed an unrivalled 'super-star' status all over the world.

    Here you can view numerous portraits of Melba, see some of the music composed in her honour, and even hear recordings of her singing!

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  23. Music resources theme - Australian Opera and Music Theatre - Opera in full flight
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    Explore the colour and spectacle of Australian opera and musical theatre, with a special feature on our most celebrated divas.

    Outrageous costumes, stunning sets, spectacular choreography: one of the foremost attractions of opera, alongside the music and the drama, is its immense visual appeal.

    Here you will find images of some of the most dramatic and spectacular scenes from operas produced in Australia. This is certainly opera in full flight.

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  24. Music resources theme - Australian Patriotic music - Exhibitions
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    From the mid-nineteenth century international exhibitions held in Europe, North America and Australia were an immensely popular way of promoting new commercial products. Described variously as colonial, intercolonical, national, international, industrial or centennial, these exhibitions encompassed various musical programs to accompany the exhibition program and show off goods manufactured or imported into our colonies.

    Music for exhibitions gives us a fascinating glimpse of life in the nineteenth century. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  25. Music resources theme - Australian Patriotic music - Federation of Australia
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    On 1 January 1901, the separate Australian colonies joined together to become a single nation. A wealth of music was created for the official ceremonies celebrating this important event.
    View some of the celebratory and patriotic music inspired by Australia's Federation here. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  26. Music resources theme - Australian Patriotic music - Patriotic anthems and songs
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    Much music has been composed in the service of numerous official political, sporting, or educational events in Australia. They have assisted in arousing a sense of national pride in the community.
    Explore some of these patriotic anthems and songs here. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  27. Music resources theme - Australian places - Australian Capital Territory
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    Discover the music written in honour of the Australian Capital Territory, home of the national capital, Canberra. Amongst the music featured here is some composed especially to mark the opening of the Old Parliament House in 1927. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  28. Music resources theme - Australian places - New South Wales
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    Find songs here about New South Wales places, from Arrawarra all the way up to Wollondilly. And don't forget to stop at Gundagai!

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  29. Music resources theme - Australian places - Northern Territory
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    Many places in the Northern Territory have been the focus of music. Indigenous musicians celebrate their deep spiritual connections with the land through song, dance and ceremony in traditional and contemporary forms. Through his response to Kakadu National Park and Port Essington, non-indigenous composer Peter Sculthorpe initiated a distinctively Australian style of orchestral music.

    Discover the variety of musical responses to special places in the Northern Territory. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  30. Music resources theme - Australian places - Queensland
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    Which Queensland town was the subject of a "Tongue Twisting Waltz Song Hit?" Where do the red gold oranges grow? It may be hot in Brisbane, but where is it cool?

    Find out here in the songs about places in Queensland. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  31. Music resources theme - Australian places - South Australia
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    The Adelaide City Council, the oldest municipality in Australia, has existed since 1840. Composers have been writing music about the city of Adelaide for nearly as long.

    Here you can check out the Adelaide Schottische, published in 1864, and other music written for places in South Australia. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  32. Music resources theme - Australian places - Tasmania
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    Take a tour to the Apple Isle and discover Tasmania through the songs about its towns and cities. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  33. Music resources theme - Australian places - Victoria
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    Feel like a trip Home to Ballaarat? Or would you rather be heading Back to Croajingolong? Just Let Me Go to Bendigo!

    Off you go into this great treasury of songs about Victoria. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  34. Music resources theme - Australian places - Western Australia
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    Songs about the Swan River and the Stirling Ranges feature in music written for places in Western Australia.

    Find them all here. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  35. Music resources theme - Bush and beach - Rivers and beaches
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    Two iconic symbols of Australia, the bush and the beach, are well represented in Australian music. References to birds and birdsongs, rivers, scorching heat, the bush cry ‘coo-ee’, and pristine beaches have been used and reused in all genres of music. Four out of five Australians live within 50 kilometres of the coast. Australia is also the driest inhabited continent on earth, making our rivers the lifeblood of the nation. It's no wonder, then, that there is so much music related to Australia's rivers and beaches - songs about Maroubra, Manly, the Murrumbidgee, the Murray, and more.

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  36. Music resources theme - Bush and beach - Rural life
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    Two iconic symbols of Australia, the bush and the beach, are well represented in Australian music. References to birds and birdsongs, rivers, scorching heat, the bush cry ‘coo-ee’, and pristine beaches have been used and reused in all genres of music. With farming once being the cornerstone of Australia's economy - as the saying goes, we "rode off the sheep's back" - it is hardly surprising that farming activities such as shearing and harvesting became subjects for songwriters.

    Farmers and other agricultural workers themselves commonly played and sang to fight the tyranny of isolation, adapting inherited traditions to their own rural life.

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  37. Music resources theme - Bush and beach - The bush
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    Two iconic symbols of Australia, the bush and the beach, are well represented in Australian music. References to birds and birdsongs, rivers, scorching heat, the bush cry ‘coo-ee’, and pristine beaches have been used and reused in all genres of music. Since colonial times, composers and performers have frequently responded to and reinforced the myths surrounding intrepid explorers, shearers, and the rough shacks of early bush settlers. The bush cry ‘coo-ee’ was described by Isaac Nathan by the 1840s and has featured in many songs since.

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  38. Music resources theme - Choral music in Australia
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    Choirs have consistently occupied a prominent place in Australian music-making since European settlement. Large choral societies flourished throughout the nineteenth century, giving concerts of popular oratorios such as Messiah and The Creation. As well as providing entertainment for both singers and audiences, choral performances then, as now, helped to cement collective identities at major public and religious events.

    Find out more about choral music in Australia here.

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  39. Music resources theme - Christmas music in Australia
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    Music for Christmas in Australia is unique. Kangaroos, birds, drovers, dust and blazing summer heat have replaced the mistletoe, snow and reindeer found in traditional European carols. Distinctive examples can be found amongst the works of composers Ernesto Spagnoletti, Joseph Summers, Alice Charbonnet-Kellermann, William James and many others.

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  40. Music resources theme - Dance music in Australia - Bush and barn dances
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    Discover the extraordinary range of popular dance music composed and published in Australia, and meet the people who played it.

    Barn dances were composed in Australia from the nineteenth century alongside other dance genres. Today, the best-known ensemble related to anglophone Australian folk traditions is the bush band, which accompanied the Australian folk-music revival from the 1950s.

    Find out about bush and barn dance music here.

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  41. Music resources theme - Dance music in Australia - Dance bands and musicians
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    Discover the extraordinary range of popular dance music composed and published in Australia, and meet the people who played it.

    A boom in social dancing before the First World War gave rise to more frequent use of public spaces for dancing, conversion of buildings into palais de danse and building of new dance halls.

    Meet musicians who played popular music for dancing in Australia in the first half of the twentieth century.

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  42. Music resources theme - Dance music in Australia - Fox trots
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    Discover the extraordinary range of popular dance music composed and published in Australia, and meet the people who played it.

    Explore a selection of Australian fox trots, which appeared in conjunction with the craze for popular dancing early in the twentieth century.

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  43. Music resources theme - Dance music in Australia - Waltzes
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    Discover the extraordinary range of popular dance music composed and published in Australia, and meet the people who played it.

    In Australia, waltzes have been written for all sorts of occasions and named after any number of things - even a railway! Although most of these waltzes are suitable for dancing, many were composed simply for solo performance.

    Enjoy this selection of Australian waltzes.

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  44. Music resources theme - Instruments and instrumentalists - Accordion and concertina
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    Although concertinas and accordions first arrived in Australia in early colonial times, people of many different backgrounds have come to identify with their sound. In many traditions, accordions or concertinas accompany songs and dances. Much passed-down rural dance music has been collected from elderly players of the bush accordion.

    Check out different forms of accordion and concertina playing in this theme.

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  45. Music resources theme - Instruments and instrumentalists - Bagpipes
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    Several traditions of bagpipe playing exist in Australia, including Irish, Macedonian, and the most common, Scottish. Pipe and drum bands have served civilian and military functions in Australia since the early nineteenth century. Australia has been a successful exporter of bagpipe playing: an all-women pipe band toured England early in the twentieth century, and the Victoria Police Pipe Band won the world championship in Scotland in 1998.

    Discover the rich tradition of bagpipe playing in Australia here.

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  46. Music resources theme - Instruments and instrumentalists - Bells
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    Bells seem to be everywhere: chiming clocks in civic buildings, clanging schoolyard bells, tolling church bells, carillons, even the esoteric art of handbell ringing. The English method of "change-ringing" on peals of bells began in Australia in 1809, when bells that arrived with Governor John Hunter in 1795 were hung in St Philip's Church, Sydney.

    Discover the impact of bells on Australian life and music.

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  47. Music resources theme - Instruments and instrumentalists - Brass
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    Brass players often supplied colonial theatres with instrumental music. A fashion for brass bands swept the country in the late nineteenth century, following the perfection of mass-produced instruments and cheap printed music. It especially took hold in the industrial and mining cities and towns. Hotly contested competitions paved the way for star players such as Percy Code to embark on distinguished international careers.

    Find out more about Australian band, jazz, and symphonic brass playing here.

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  48. Music resources theme - Instruments and instrumentalists - Electronic music
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    Electronic music encompasses many forms in the western tradition, including music-concrete (magnetic tape composition), electroacoustic music, and computer music. Composer Keith Humble inaugurated Australia's first electronic music course in 1966, and many composers were experimenting with electronic sounds by the 1970s.

    Sample some of Australia's electronic music.

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  49. Music resources theme - Instruments and instrumentalists - Guitar & Banjo
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    The guitar is everywhere! It has formed the basis of many styles of music: rock, punk, country, folk, jazz, classical. Many Australian guitarists have become famous for their signature styles and sounds. In all their forms, guitars are widely regarded as one of the most accessible instruments.

    The banjo reached Australia in blackface minstrel shows in the 1850s. It became an important rhythmic backbone to jazz playing in the last century, and has become a prominent ingredient in bush bands since the 1950s.

    Strum right in to the guitar and banjo theme!

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  50. Music resources theme - Instruments and instrumentalists - Harp
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    Australia is the resting-place of the very first exponent of the revolutionary Erard double-action harp, the virtuoso Nicholas Bochsa, who died in Sydney in 1856 during a tour with soprano Anna Bishop. Harp playing flourishes in diverse forms in Australia today.

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  51. Music resources theme - Instruments and instrumentalists - Orchestras and bands
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    This selection of orchestral and band music and musicians covers everything from serious symphonic playing to jazz and military bands.

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  52. Music resources theme - Instruments and instrumentalists - Organ
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    By the year of Federation in 1901, more than 500 organs existed in Australia, most of fine quality and some of world renown. The organ has been used to accompany worship in all major Christian traditions in Australia. The late nineteenth century saw a rise in concert organ playing, with many instruments built for exhibition buildings, town halls, and theatres.

    We're pulling out all stops in our organ theme!

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  53. Music resources theme - Instruments and Instrumentalists - Percussion
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    There was a percussion tradition in Australia long before European colonisation. The drummers of the British military introduced a grim counterpoint to the indigenous tradition. In the last 50 years, immigration, 'world' music, new-age music and Asian and Pacfic influences have greatly increased the prominence of percussion playing.

    Discover a range of percussion instruments and the Australians who played them in this theme.

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  54. Music resources theme - Instruments and instrumentalists - Piano
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    Perhaps the most ubiquitous of all instruments, Australia's very first piano arrived with Surgeon George Worgan on the First Fleet. The Gold Rush saw piano ownership increase amongst the lower classes - the start of a local piano manufacturing boom that lasted until the Great Depression. Furthermore, Australia has exported an impressive range of concert pianists.

    Learn here just how important a role the piano has played in the musical life of Australia since European settlement.

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  55. Music resources theme - Instruments and instrumentalists - Strings
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    There are many genres of string playing in Australia, the boundaries between them being very often blurred. In the nineteenth century, classically trained string players would play in grand opera, philharmonic societies, and symphony orchestras as well as popular dance bands and theatre orchestras. In recent years there has been a revival of the Scottish and Irish fiddle playing tradition.

    See just how Australians have gone about bowing and plucking their strings.

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  56. Music resources theme - Instruments and instrumentalists - Woodwind
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    Flutes, piccoloes, oboes, cors anglais, saxophones, clarinets, bassoons, recorders and more: meet woodwind players and their music in this theme.

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  57. Music resources theme - Music for Australian aviation and aviators
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    Australian aviators like Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith, Bert Hinkler and Amy Johnson were the subject of many commemorative songs in their time. Their daring deeds of aviation captured the popular imagination, and they became celebrities of their day. Of course, Australia's best known "aviation" song - Albert F. Lenertz’s ever-popular Aeroplane Jelly Song - didn't actually commemorate flying at all…

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  58. Music resources theme - Music for Australian children
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    Many Australian composers have written music for the education and delight of children. Isaac Nathan, Edith Harrhy and Cecil Sharp, to name a few, based their music for children on popular childhood themes such as nursery-rhyme characters, teddy bears, fairies, and Australian plants and animals. This tradition is continued in the music of children's television programmes such as Play School and Humphrey.

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  59. Music resources theme - Music for Australian railways
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    The appearance of the first rail transport in Australia in the 1850s was so significant that many composers celebrated it with music. Rail transport directly influenced the course of Australian music history when Isaac Nathan, often described as Australia's first composer, died of injuries sustained while alighting from a horse-drawn tram!

    Find musical memorabilia on railways in this theme. You can also see more on rail travel at Picture Australia.

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  60. Music resources theme - Music for explorers in Australia
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    The daring expeditions of intrepid early European explorers into uncharted regions of Australia has captured the imaginations of generations of Australian composers, from Stephen Hale Marsh and Isaac Nathan in the early nineteenth century, to Clive Douglas and Peter Sculthorpe in the twentieth.

    After you've discovered explorers in MusicAustralia, you may like to follow the explorers theme on PictureAustralia.

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  61. Music resources theme - Music from many lands - Asian music in Australia
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    Australia is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Transplanted musicians from a huge range of countries and backgrounds have contributed to the very rich menu of musics and musical fusions of all kinds. Australian composers, performers, and scholars actively engage with the musical traditions and innovations of our neighbours in Asia and the Pacific as well as those from Europe.

    Examine a sample of the musics of countries in Asia such as China, Thailand, Indonesia, and India, and see how it has been made, played, and studied in Australia.

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  62. Music resources theme - Music from many lands - European music in Australia
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    Australia is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Transplanted musicians from a huge range of countries and backgrounds have contributed to the very rich menu of musics and musical fusions of all kinds. Australian composers, performers, and scholars actively engage with the musical traditions and innovations of our neighbours in Asia and the Pacific as well as those from Europe.

    Whilst the western art and popular traditions dominate the European music brought to Australia, a wide range of other European musical expressions have also been transplanted. These are becoming increasingly accessible to a wider audience.

    Explore the kaleidoscope of European musics here.

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  63. Music resources theme - Music from many lands - Pacific and South American music in Australia
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    Australia is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Transplanted musicians from a huge range of countries and backgrounds have contributed to the very rich menu of musics and musical fusions of all kinds. Australian composers, performers, and scholars actively engage with the musical traditions and innovations of our neighbours in Asia and the Pacific as well as those from Europe.

    A cross-section of music from our nearest neighbours New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, and other nations across the Pacific such as Samoa, Chile, and Argentina.

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  64. Music resources theme - Pantomime in Australia
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    Pantomime was a popular Christmas holiday tradition in Australia well into the twentieth century. Audiences cheered the heroes, loved the beautiful heroine, gasped at villains and fearful beasts, and marveled at the spectacular transformation scenes. Pantomime was also highly effective platform for publishers and composers to promote songs to a mass audience.

    Follow this theme for more on Australian pantomime music.

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  65. Music resources theme - Performance spaces in Australia
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    Explore a sample of the many performance spaces where Australians have played, sung and enjoyed music. These range from one of the most recognisable buildings in the modern world, the Sydney Opera House, to a dried-up creek bed in central Australia.

    If you like this theme, you could also try the Theatres and concert halls of Australia trail on PictureAustralia

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  66. Music resources theme - Popular music in Australia
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    Contemporary popular singers have taken hold of the internet to promote and distribute their music and communicate with their audiences. Websites of many Australian artists have been archived by MusicAustralia's partner institutions to prolong their accessibility. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  67. Music resources theme - Religious music in Australia
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    Most religious music held in Australian collections is Christian in origin, with some notable exceptions. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, many of our most influential musicians held positions as organists and musical directors in Australian cathedrals and churches. Whilst replicating European trends and traditions, they also wrote liturgical music, hymns, and devotional songs suited to the needs of their own place and time.

    Find out more in the religious music theme.

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  68. Music resources theme - Rock 'n' roll music in Australia
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    Take a journey through Rock 'n' roll in Australia from our first home-grown stars of the 1950s, Johnny O’Keefe and Col Joye, to the rock stars of today.

    Beginning with the quintessential ‘Rock around the clock’ to the worldwide success of Australian bands such as the Easybeats, AC/DC and Jet, we trace the evolution of rock and roll in Australia and the creation of a distinctive Australian scene.

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  69. Music resources theme - Sport in Australia - Cricket
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    With cricket considered by many to be Australia's national sport, it is not surprising that so many songs should be written about the game and its heroes, like Sir Donald Bradman. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  70. Music resources theme - Sport in Australia - Olympic Games
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    Australia has competed at every Olympic Games of the modern era. From the first modern Olympic Games held in Athens in 1896, through the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and perhaps our greatest collective expression of Australia's passion for sport, the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Australia's involvement in the Olympic Games bears few equals.

    Follow the Olympic Games theme to see how Australia's passion for sport is expressed through music. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  71. Music resources theme - Sport in Australia - Sporting anthems
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    The following theme explores the diversity of Australian involvement in sport. From Australian rules football to horse racing, sailing to greyhound racing, rugby to lawn bowls, Australia's sporting obsession finds expression in music.

    Please be upstanding for the sporting anthems! Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  72. Music resources theme - Topical music in Australia
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    Australian composers have marked many special occasions in the life of the nation with songs, dances, and marches, such as the the arrival of dignitaries or the arrival of a steamship. On a more domestic front, Vegemite, dried fruits, flour, the victories of Phar Lap, and the federal budget have all been sounded out in song.

    Check them all out in this Topical theme.

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  73. Music resources theme - Waltzing Matilda
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    Waltzing Matilda is Australia's best known and much loved national song. It is recognised by every Australian, and has attained international status as the nation's unofficial national anthem. This song, however, has long been the subject of controversy; how and where did it originate, why are there different versions, what does it mean, and why has it become an Australian icon?

    Follow the Waltzing Matilda theme and discover some of the stories behind this much loved national song. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  74. Music resources theme - War and Peace in Australia - Commemoration
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    Military bands have been used since colonial times to add pomp to ceremonial occasions and entertain men and women serving in the forces. They also form a cornerstone for the annual Anzac Day commemoration in civilian life. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  75. Music resources theme - War and Peace in Australia - Crimean and Boer Wars
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    In the 1850s, news of war between Britain and Russia in the Crimea led to the establishment of volunteer corps in some colonies. In 1899, colonial governments, and later the Commonwealth, sent contingents of citizen soldiers to the Boer War.

    Music celebrated the troops and commemorated battles in the Crimean and Boer Wars. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  76. Music resources theme - War and Peace in Australia - First World War
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    When Australian and New Zealand troops landed at Gallipoli in Turkey on 25 April 1915 many believed and still do that Australia really became a nation. This was the first major land action involving Australians in the Great War.

    Music related to the First World War urged Australians to enlist, and asserted national identity in helping to mythologise the Anzac landing. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  77. Music resources theme - War and Peace in Australia - Korean War
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    The Korean War began on 25 June 1950, when North Korean forces launched an invasion of South Korea. Personnel from the Australian Army, RAAF and RAN fought as part of the United Nations (UN) multinational force, defending South Korea from the communist force of North Korea. The end of war came with the signing of armistice on 27 July 1953. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  78. Music resources theme - War and Peace in Australia - Peace
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    Music has long played a role in celebrating peace and voicing opposition to war. Numerous anti-conscription songs emerged during the First World War. Eric Bogle’s song of the 1970s And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda lamented the pointlessness of Australia’s involvement in conflict. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  79. Music resources theme - War and Peace in Australia - Second World War
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    The Second World War spawned numerous patriotic songs on topical themes. The relationship between Australia and the United States during the Second World War was expounded in a song entitled We’ve Got a Good Friend in America, a curious reworking of an earlier song We’ve Got a Big Brother in America by one "Dryblower" Murphy. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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  80. Music resources theme - War and Peace in Australia - Vietnam War
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    The Vietnam War was the longest major conflict in which Australians have been involved; it lasted 10 years, from 1962-1972, and involved some 60,000 personnel. For Australia the Vietnam War was the cause of the greatest social and political dissent since the conscription referenda of the First World War. Curated by National Library of Australia staff.

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