oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Oorlog as tema in die F.Z. van der Merwe-versameling van Suid-Afrikaanse musiek van die Universiteit van Pretoria

Volume 12, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1018-0745



Music is seldom mentioned when one thinks or speaks of Africana. Much South African music, either in printed or manuscript form, is owned by libraries, archives, private and public collections, as well as by composers or their descendants. The University of Pretoria owns the largest single collection of South African music in the world, namely the F.Z. van der Merwe-collection. This article presents a survey of musical works found in the F.Z. van der Merwe-collection that were written about wars and sieges. This study could possibly offer a new dimension to perceptions of history by approaching it from a cultural and specifically music-historical viewpoint.

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