Rahkonen Presents on Music of World War II

Posted on 10/14/2013 11:22:09 AM

Carl Rahkonen, music librarian, will present a lecture on “The Music of the Second World War” on Wednesday, October 16, in Keith Hall, room 243, at 7:00 p.m.

The lecture is sponsored by the Indiana Free Library and the IUP History Department as part of their series One Book, One Community, which is examining Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene, a true story of a Midwest town that pulled together for a big impact on World War II troops passing through their town.

Rahkonen will give an overview of popular, folk, and classical music with a connection to World War II. This music was used to increase patriotism, to support the war effort, to mock the enemy, and to comment on the nostalgia and homesickness of the average soldier. World War II was also a cultural war, and music was used as propaganda to boost morale and discourage the enemy.  The war served as an inspiration to composers and performers of all genres of music.

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