Soundscapes of Gender and Nation

  • Josephine Hoegaerts
Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History Series book series (GSX)


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.


Nineteenth Century National Holiday Soft Song Singing Voice National Landscape 
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  1. 12.
    Murray Schaler, The Tuning of the World, New York: Radom House Inc., 1977, 9.Google Scholar
  2. 27.
    Tom Verschaffel, ‘De Brabançonne en de Vlaamse Leeuw’, in Louis Peter Grijp (ed.), Nationale Hymnen. Het Wilhelmus en zijn buren, Amsterdam: SUN, 1998, 162–183Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Josephine Hoegaerts
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LeuvenBelgium

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