“Singing Well and Shooting Straight”: Music in America’s Twentieth-Century Wars

According to George Creel during World War I, a 'singing army,' whether on the battlefield or on the home front, could never be defeated.

Lecture Description

This is a lecture about music in wartime. What did soldiers sing? How did composers utilize the tools of their craft to support wartime efforts? What role did music play in the development of anti-war sentiment in the military and the population at large? Although the primary area of inquiry is World Wars I and II, the lecture includes additional conflicts in the late-twentieth century. This lecture includes a number of musical examples from World War I and beyond.


Music World War I

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