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Sounds of War: Music in the United States during World War II

Annegret Fauser


This book is the first comprehensive study of classical music in the United States during World War II. Whether as an instrument of propaganda or as a form of entertainment, classical music had a cultural relevance and a ubiquity in the war effort that are hard to imagine today. Exploring an abundance of sources ranging from government archives to the correspondence of musicians, this book traces how musicians in the United States responded and contributed to the war, following individual performers and composers as they faced military duty or sought alternative ways in which they could serve. ... More

Keywords: classical music, military, United States, propaganda, war, World War II, armed forces, American music, Aaron Copland, composers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199948031
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199948031.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Annegret Fauser, author
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill