And the Band Played On Australian Trench Music during WW1

And the Band Played On Australian Trench Music during WW1

And the Band Played On How Music Lifted the Anzac Spirit in the Battlefields of the First World War by R Holden

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A study of how the Australian Diggers survived the horrors of WWI drawing on music and song, perfect for music history and military history enthusists alike.

Cast aside all thoughts of computer-age technology and its resources for entertainment and try to imagine Australian life back in the first decade of the 20th century. At that time the country was still enjoying its infancy as the world's youngest nation. This was a society in which families provided much of their own amusement: anyone who could play an instrument, or who had a passable voice, or could recite, was valued, as well as expected to entertain.

In those days, having a piano in the parlour became the mark of a cultured household. Playing the piano, singing, performing or reciting poetry learned in school elocution classes were a staple of family as well as of community life.

Playing in the local town brass band was an important social event if not a personal necessity. Most towns would have a Band Rotunda located in a prominent park. Sunday was the chosen time for a free concert which was attended by many people with larger cities having multiple brass bands. Band competitions were popular. This is the reason why it was easy for most World War I Australian Battalions to form their own band with a substantial amount of members.

And so, when the men of this young Australia marched off to war a typical call was, "Are you a singing man?". "Can you elocute? Can you spin a funny yarn? Can you play a mouth organ, concertina ...or any other instrument?" Those who answered this second call to arms became the morale boosters of the First World War.

Impromptu entertainments, sing-alongs, yarns and story-telling and recitations were all part of a homespun repertoire which accompanied these men to war. And The Band Played On seeks to re-create and pay homage to that camaraderie and to that innocent enjoyment and spontaneous entertainment which lifted the spirits of the ANZAC. 

  • Book Condition: PERFECT - NEW BOOK
  • Cover Soft (SB) or Hardback (HB): Soft Cover
  • Dimensions in mm : 231x154x22
  • Total Pages: 256

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