The effects of war and music

The new battlefield became a kind of modernist symphony, vividly described by Cecil Barber in the Musical Times, who spent time on the Western Front. Written while the composer was a prisoner of war under conditions of hardship and extreme limitation of freedom, this masterpiece suggests yet again that music is not easily corrupted by the aims of conflict, violence and war.

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There is no easy affirmative answer. Even optimistic songs followed a similar theme. Marches and anthems have been used to instill both courage and conformity. Folk singer Pete Seeger conducts an instrument-making session at the Newport, Rhode Island, folk festival in July When a weekly magazine had the audacity to print a photograph of the recording used to herald the Sondermeldung announcements, Goebbels threatened the editors with a long vacation in a concentration camp.

During the last years, music has been viewed variously, as the mere abstract play of sounds; as the immediate and direct expression of inner consciousness and will, and as the quintessential language of human emotion and feeling and perhaps even of religious faith.

Butterworth was considered one of the most talented British composers of his generation. Trotter and originally published in the June issue of Military History magazine. There was a carefully nurtured atmosphere of ceremony surrounding those broadcasts; Goebbels considered it vitally important that this image be preserved, even after the tide of war had obviously turned against the Reich.

The defiant conductor must have known that, even as he knew that his telephones were tapped and his mail tampered with.

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American Music Goes to War