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Program Notes & Synopses

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Connect With the Heroes

Connect With the Heroes

155.00

Exploration of music from and inspired by World War II. 1546 words.
note by Chris Myers

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Written for a concert featuring Walton's Spitfire Prelude & Fugue, Rodger's Victory at Sea, John Williams' "Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan", Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, Bernstein's On the Town, and Addinsell's Warsaw Concerto.

Excerpt:

The tragedies and triumphs of war have inspired composers to some of their greatest work. Some pieces are an immediate response to their experiences, such as Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, Berg’s Wozzeck, or Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony. Other pieces are tributes to heroes or victims of the past, such as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture or Britten’s War Requiem. In World War II, the birth of modern media caused governments to realize that artists could be more useful to the war effort in their trained discipline than as conscripted soldiers, and composers were encouraged to produce work that supported national morale and education of the public.
 
As the first major war in the age of cinema, World War II offered a wholly new medium by which art could contribute to the war effort. The full resources of the American and British film industries were thrown into the creation of war movies ranging from newsreels and documentaries to dramas, romances, and comedies set in the conflict. Music from these films often managed to gain a life of its own, both on the radio and in the concert hall.

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