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Viva! musica - a bird's eye view of music at UnisaViva! musica - a bird’s eye view of music at Unisa

Includes free music CD with 18 tracks
Published by Unisa Press


Patricia B. Lawrence




South Africa: R 390.00(incl VAT)


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About the book

Since 1894, just over 115 years, Unisa has been nurturing and promoting musical talents in South Africa. In that time, music education at the university has evolved into a one-of-a-kind system that encompasses graded examinations, high-quality academic qualifications, music development and national and international competitions. This system reaches every corner of South Africa and embraces the full spectrum of musical progression, from beginners through to intermediate, advanced, professional and world-famous musicians.

Viva Musica! is a celebration of musical talents in South Africa and of Unisa’s role in nurturing and promoting these talents – from budding musicians basking in the limelight for the first time to several of the world’s most prominent conductors, composers, soloists and performing musicians.

This book is not intended to be a scholarly work nor a historical account of music education at Unisa. Rather, it is an ebullient, colourful portrayal of the creative energy that the university’s contribution to music has helped generate – indeed, ‘Viva Musica!’


The proceeds of the sale of this book will go towards bursaries for deserving music students at Unisa. Please contact John Roos, Deputy-Director of the Unisa Music Foundation at +27 12 429 3344 for more information on how you can make a contribution to this worthy cause.

Viva Musica! expresses the university’s ongoing commitment to excellence in this instance, the remarkable contribution made over many decades to the development of music not only in South Africa but beyond. Contending with cultural boycotts, cutting across borders, celebrating exceptional talent in South Africa and placing them in the international spotlight is part of the university’s commitment to trying out new tunes and never shying away from change.