Soundscapes of Gender and Nation
As mentioned before, the rising importance of travelling for both school-children and soldiers led to an expansion of the repertoire of hiking and marching songs that allowed for a synchronisation of feet while also carrying geographical and historical information on the country travelled.1 Several music manuals for primary schools at the end of the nineteenth century included a song by Peter Benoit and Jules De Geyter that seems to have been composed specifically for schoolchildren on excursions.2 The song stated the purpose of travelling and reinforced the national character of the kind of education these travels supposedly supported: travelling ‘throughout the entire country’, the young singers were expected to return smarter than they left, gathering knowledge in the East and South, according to the first verse, and in the West and North according to the second.
KeywordsNineteenth Century National Holiday Soft Song Singing Voice National Landscape
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