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By Mike Chappell

The interval from early 1940 to the tip of 1942 used to be a time of gloom and uncertainty for the British, who stood on my own opposed to the assembled may of the Axis powers. They badly wanted a champion, and have been to discover this in a small strength of squaddies who encouraged them with a sequence of bold raids opposed to the coasts of 'occupied Europe', turning into the heroes of the British public and of the British top Minister who had created them. This name explores the wartime background of the British military Commandos whose bravery did rather a lot to elevate the morale of the British public in the course of global battle II (1939-1945).

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The performance of Copland’s Americana during a wartime presidential inauguration in 2009 was, indeed, a political gesture rallying Americans through these familiar sounds while projecting these sonic markers of identity across the globe to both enemies and allies. To understand how it could do so is the main aim of what follows. 14 | i n t r o d u c t i o n chapter one O “We, as Musicians, Are Soldiers, Too . Y. . ”1 Clurman’s wit notwithstanding, Copland would be one of numerous composers, performers, and critics in the United States who actively contributed to the war effort as musicians by carving out professional roles for themselves in government and private organizations and by mobilizing music for the needs of their country at war.

74 The same month Fiorello La Guardia addressed America’s musicians in his new position as director of the Office of Civilian Defense and complimented them for not waiting “to be told what to do for national defense. 79 Throughout the war years, the fact that such performers aided either the American government (by selling war bonds) or Allied charities counted as a significant patriotic contribution by musicians to the national effort. ”80 “ w e , a s m u s i c i a n s , a r e s o l d i e r s , t o o .

As he later recalled, he and his musical collaborators worked under high pressure: “As soon as we completed the composing, arranging, and copying of a film score, the Navy Symphony “ w e , a s m u s i c i a n s , a r e s o l d i e r s , t o o . . ”41 But even with all his film-music duties, Engel was able to write a number of concert works, some of which were clearly related to the performance opportunities his position had brought. S. Navy Band Symphony Orchestra. , which during the war years played weekly concerts for the swelling ranks there of service personnel and government employees.

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