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Music And The Second World War

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Music and the Second World War Adam Griffin South Piedmont Community College Music Appreciation 110 – Mr. Campbell “In World War II, jazz absolutely was the music of freedom, and then in the Cold War, behind the Iron Curtain, same thing. It was all underground, but they needed the food of freedom that jazz offered” – Herbie Hancock. Looking back into history, you could create a timeline of events with nothing but song titles. Music was not just music, it was a lifestyle. Every major event in history has numerous songs that go along with or describe the happening. In the following paragraphs, I will describe aspects and elements of music for pre-World War II, World War II, and post-World War II. One could say that music was a form of expression throughout the times of war, and the songs produced during this time period clearly express all aspects of life before, during, and after the war. Pre-World War II had a huge impact on the course of our nation and our world; not only musically speaking, but also in the terms of historical events. During this time we saw events such as the Wright brother’s first flight of an airplane in 1903, Ford Motor Co. introducing its first Model T vehicle in 1908, World War I from 1914 to 1918, the stock market crash in 1929 resulting in the start of the great depression, the beginning of World War II in Europe in 1939, and the end of the great depression in 1940. When musically speaking of this time period, one style stands out
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