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Classical Music and the First World War

Classical Music and the First World War

Classical Music and the First World War

 

Marking the centenary of the armistice of the First World War, this slideshow considers the contributions of classical composers who responded to the conflict, some of whom served on the frontline. While popular music halls had boosted morale with patriotic and sentimental songs, and brought escapism during the war years, classical music also attempted to lift spirits and provided the public with an important means for remembrance and mourning, and private catharsis for those who survived.