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dc.contributor.authorIrving, D
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-30T17:31:27Z
dc.date.available2020-12-30T17:31:27Z
dc.date.issued2020-05-07
dc.identifier.citationIrving, D. (2020). Strings across the ocean: practices, traditions, and histories of the Cocos Malay biola in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Indian Ocean. Ethnomusicology Forum, 28 (3), pp.283-320. https://doi.org/10.1080/17411912.2020.1754874.
dc.identifier.issn0968-1221
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11343/258494
dc.description.abstractThe biola (violin) is an emblematic musical instrument of the Cocos Malay community, who have been based on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands – part of Australia’s Indian Ocean Territories – since 1826. In Cocos Malay culture, the biola accompanies local dance genres and occasional performances of bangsawan theatre. Malay melodies constitute the bulk of the repertoire; there are also melodies exhibiting Scottish characteristics. The latter are often attributed to the influence of the Clunies-Ross family, who maintained a commanding presence on the islands from 1827 to 1978. Since the mid-twentieth century, biola playing has been the preserve of two families on the islands and in Western Australia. The practice has declined over the past two decades, owing to a decrease in players; however, a revitalisation programme was initiated in 2014. This article explores aspects of the practice and cultural functions of the biola on Cocos and documents the history of the instrument on the islands, drawing on data from ethnographic and archival research.
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
dc.titleStrings across the ocean: practices, traditions, and histories of the Cocos Malay biola in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Indian Ocean
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/17411912.2020.1754874
melbourne.affiliation.departmentMelbourne Conservatorium of Music
melbourne.source.titleEthnomusicology Forum
melbourne.source.volume28
melbourne.source.issue3
melbourne.source.pages283-320
melbourne.identifier.arcDP150103204
melbourne.identifier.arcDP150103204
melbourne.elementsid1485211
melbourne.internal.embargodate2021-11-07
melbourne.contributor.authorIrving, David
dc.identifier.eissn0968-1221
melbourne.identifier.fundernameidAUST RESEARCH COUNCIL, DP150103204
melbourne.identifier.fundernameidAustralian Research Council, DP150103204
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