When Music Became Therapy In Interwar France

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During World War I, many French people turned to music to cope with their traumas. French musicians returned to what was familiar, departing from the lush, dissonant post-Romantic music of Wagner and Strauss and embracing the predictability and repetitiveness of the neoclassical style. It was soothing and familiar to them. The pieces performed were both old and new, dating back to the 18th century and written by fellow musicians who had either participated in or lost loved ones in the war. Read full article here

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