This video provides a vivid depiction of the music leading up to and following World War I, the most brutal war in history to that point, and during the short-lived peace prior to the outbreak of World War II.
Experience the tumultuousness as well as the beauty of this unique period in the history of music. Here's a brief summary of some of the many musical highlights you'll enjoy in this ground-breaking video:
- Hear the ominous dissonance that uncannily foretells the outbreak of World War I in Stravinsky's controversial "Rite of Spring"
- Feel the sense of a world and time lost forever following World War I in Elgar's "Cello Concerto"
- Jazz flourished during this time, as represented here by Scott Joplin's buoyant "Maple Leaf Rag"
- Britten's "War Requiem", commissioned to mark the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral following its destruction during World War II
You'll also enjoy stunning works by Satie, Hindemith, Milhaud, Prokofiev, Gershwin, Ravel, Weill, Bartok and Shostakovich during the course of this video's enthralling 60-plus minutes.