This episode is about Music and War.

While preparing I came across an amazing work by Brent Thomas Yorgason who wrote a dissertation on the subject in 1997 for Utah State University. I found it very informative and complete, so this episode is based on this work.

War has always had a powerful influence on music. At times it has the ability to motivate composers even more than love, religious belief, or money. Throughout the ages, both war and music about war have changed dramatically. The destructive power of war has reached its ultimate capabilities – the potential to eliminate all life. As war has become more and more horrible, and has caused unprecedented amounts of needless deaths, the world’s view of war has changed completely. This change in attitude toward war is evident also in the development of war music .