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Notes from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration: Gerald S. Doorly's songs of the 'morning


Philpott, C, Notes from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration: Gerald S. Doorly's songs of the 'morning, Context: A Journal of Music Research, 37 pp. 3-35. ISSN 1038-4006 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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This article explores the earliest known pieces of music composed directly in response to Antarctica: a series of songs written by Gerald S. Doorly and John D. Morrison aboard the relief vessel Morning, which was sent from England to Antarctica to locate and re-supply Captain Robert Falcon Scott and company aboard the icebound Discovery in July 1902 as part of the British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-1904. These songs not only document the journey south and the explorersí Antarctic experiences; importantly, they also offer valuable insight into a little-considered aspect of the history of Antarctic exploration - that is, what the explorers did to entertain themselves and keep spirits high during long voyages at sea and freezing cold, lonely nights in Antarctica.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Music
Research Field:Musicology and ethnomusicology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:Music
UTAS Author:Philpott, C (Dr Carolyn Philpott)
ID Code:83209
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Conservatorium of Music
Deposited On:2013-03-05
Last Modified:2017-11-16
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