Journal article

A Counterpoint of Critical Voices: Travelling Musicians in Colonial New Zealand

K Murphy

Context: Journal of Music Research | Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne | Published : 2017


Helen Carr, writing on ‘Modernism and Travel,’ observes that in the period 1880–1940 a ‘remarkable number of novelists and poets were travelling writers, whether or not they were in addition actually travel writers.’ The same period saw a large number of travelling musicians trawling the furthermost points of the globe who, as they went, enthusiastically wrote about their experiences. The music journals and daily press of the nineteenth century regularly published letters by travelling artists and critics on tour. While many critics, including wellknown writers such as Théophile Gautier, were commissioned before embarking and given a brief by a newspaper to write up their travels, others ap..

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