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Australia

in The Oxford Companion to Music


Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199579037

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Although the Aborigines have inhabited Australia continuously for at least 40,000 years, the country was physically isolated for much of this time following the submersion beneath the ocean of the land-link to southern Asia. Such evolutionary development in music as is found in other countries was inhibited by the nomadic existence, the inhospitable terrain, and the absence both of musical instruments capable of generating any kind of scale and of any form of writing or notation....

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