Musical Elements Of The Vietnam War

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During the course of this analytical essay it can be shown that the two pieces, 8th November and (We’ll Be Singing Hallelujah) Marching through Berlin, express emotions that soldiers have felt during and after a war, through the use of musical elements. It can be established that the first song, 8th November reflects the Vietnam War, through the use of Dynamics, Pitch and Timbre. Similarly, the second piece evaluated and analysed, (We’ll Be Singing Hallelujah) Marching through Berlin also utilises the musical elements of Dynamics, Pitch and Timbre to reflect emotions and memories of past and present soldiers. The wars that these songs are about, the Vietnam War (occurring between the years 1955 and 1975, involving many countries including, South Vietnam, North Vietnam, U.S., United Kingdom and Australia.) And World War II (took place between the years 1939 and 1945, involving almost every country in the world.), can be clearly recognised throughout the style of the piece, lyrics and the musical elements found in the two songs.

Expressive devices have been used throughout both songs to express emotions towards the wars of their era. During 8th November, dynamics are used extensively in 8th November. These emotions relate to the past and the present soldiers battling and their experiences during and after a war. A fair portion of this song has been performed in moderately loud1 (Mezzo-forte), however the record also has the additional, louder2 (Forte) dynamic for the…

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