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This modern tradition has its roots in the First World War, when Japan entered on the side of the Allies following the Anglo-Japanese Alliance. Japan's entry carried an initial, overt goal of restoring the German Kiautschou Bay Concession to Chinese sovereignty. The Siege of Tsingtao, the administrative centre of the German concession, ended in the ...


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Let's split this into two questions. First, is it plausible that a population of Russian emigrants from the White émigré population would sing this Soviet song. And second, was it the intention of the film makers to portray the Russian emigrants as influenced by Soviet culture. According to Wikipedia, Russian Americans came to America in four waves: the "...


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My answer is that this is just a dramatization with little to no research done by the producing team. The tradition of playing the winning team's national anthem was not begun until the 1932 Olympics (a common misconception is that the tradition started at the 1924 Olympics). So, in other words, it is impossible that the Star Spangled Banner was played at ...


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The Book of Rites, in a chapter on Touhu, records an apparently complete composition for drums. Known as the Lu Drums (魯鼓) or the Xue Drums (薛鼓), it seems to be intended for a match of the semi-ritualistic game of pitch-pot. This is considered the oldest extant musical score in Chinese history. As the image shows, it uses very simple notations consisting of ...


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The short answer is that the orchestra served as a useful propaganda tool both at home and abroad, helped the Nazi regime achieve their initial goal of seperating Jews from German society and culture, and served as a means of social control. Allowing the Jüdischer Kulturbund or Jewish Cultural Federation was not as inconsistent with overall Nazi policy ...


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This is not political, this is nostalgic. I am an immigrant from Russia, and I've seen many, many times older immigrants singing or playing Soviet era songs, including Katyusha. One can hate the regime one and still love the country. Many songs, especially with mild or none political content, are being loved for the music and the music of the language many ...


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Lowbrow culture have always existed in human society, they're just not necessarily that well preserved in the historical record, or in modern popular consciousness. Jokes about sex, farts, penises, and bodily functions in general were particularly common. A mainstay of medieval entertainment was fart jokes, which seem to be popular throughout human history. ...


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As Historynet's article The Music of War notes, Music has been an integral part of warfare and the soldier’s life since the dawn of history.... The function of music in war has always been twofold: as a means of communication and as a psychological weapon. In Asia Minor, M.L.West, in Ancient Greek Music cites Herodotus who describes Alyattes' ...


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Seikilos epitaph is a Greek song which is the oldest complete musical composition. It's dated to be from 200 BC - 100 AD, with first century AD being the more plausible guess. You can Google it to listen to many different versions. Also refer to the older musical compositions section of the same article which states that there might be a few other older ...


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Answer Sound recordings prior to the mid 19th century are anachronistic, however sound recordings since then of authentic music reproductions may be available, due to the existence of transcriptions of authentic music made in the early 1600's. Sound Recordings No, the Europeans did not make sound recordings of Native American flute music (nor did ...


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The earliest copy of this melody is from 1893, with the song "Good morning to all" by Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill. It was published in a songbook titled Song Stories for the Kindergarten. The lyrics to "Happy Birthday to you" appears in the early 20th century. The first reliable source for these lyrics being used with the "Good morning" melody is from ...


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Vuvuzela and the Melodica spring to mind. Plastic aerophones like the Vuvuzela have been around since the 1960's, obviously similar looking brass instruments have been around for a long time, but specifically Vuvuzelas meet your criteria. They're a bit of a gimmic, but were very popular at the 2010 World Cup and have seen widespread use. More Melodica's ...


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However one interprets "late-breast-fed fools", Sixto Rodriguez is unlikely to be referring to any folk knowledge, nor to any widely held belief. Poverty and / or class prejudice are more likely references. Sixto Rodriguez is noted for his political activism, penning lyrics against "the injustices faced by the inner-city poor". The official Rodriguez website,...


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According to Legacy.com his said his parents were dead Morrison's official Elektra biography stated his parents were deceased. He told acquaintances he was an orphan. On the song "The End," he sang about killing his father to have a relationship with his mother. But George and Clara Morrison were not dead and, in fact, outlived their son by many years. ...


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It means "Dawn", quite simply, with an elided "of the" to keep the rhythm.


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It's hard to find something that is truly lowbrow from the Middle Ages. That's because recording things in writing was expensive and done by the clergy or people financed by the elite, who would presumably much rather spend their money on the high arts. Despite that, I know of something that I think kind of meets your criteria and has been recorded: in the ...


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Not really. Although there are suggestions that the Romans borrowed the Greek notation system we don't have any complete pieces of music written in that from Rome to work with (that I know of anyway) and I think there's only one from Greece! However there is a group of musicians/archaeologists called "Synaulia" that have spent a large amount of time ...


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It's explained from page 84 of Shostakovich: A Life by Laurel E. Fay. Stalin went to a performance of "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District" and left early. Two days later (28 Jan 1936) an editorial appeared in Pravda attacking the opera, with a further editorial on 6 Feb 1936 attacking The Limpid Stream. By the time of the scheduled premiere of the 4th, on ...


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SHORT ANSWER Brahms most likely based himself in Vienna because of better opportunities there. The political situation in 'Germany' (Hamburg) does not appear to have had any relevance. DETAILS There does not seem to be any evidence that Brahms left Germany (Hamburg, to be specific) due to the political situation. In fact, 1862 was when Bismarck was ...


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I think that on entering Russia, in full parade, with banners, it was one music, and in the camp in the described situation, it was totally another one. In the second case they simply sang songs that French people sang these times. In the first case, it were some official marches, France hymn included. I was in acting army myself (Chernobyl catastrophe ...


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The obvious place to look would be in the letters from Constanze to her husband. Unfortunately, as far as I am aware, none of these survive. The letters of Mozart and his family were collected (and translated) by Emily Anderson. These were published in 3 volumes in the 1930's. I was able to find the first and third volumes on Archive.org. As far as I could ...


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My professional historian girlfriend says, Canterbury Tales – c.1395 Decameron – completed by 1353, Florence (though I’m fuzzy on the stories, it doesn’t have the reputation that say, the Wife Of Bath story in Canterbury Tales does) Snowball fights, just google “medieval snowball fight” for images, largely late 14th and early 15th century ...


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Has any music act ever topped the Beatles in sales? There is probably only one likely contender - Elvis Presley - but it is highly unlikely that we'll ever know for sure. COUNTING PROBLEMS There are numerous problems in arriving at a total, not least of which is how sales of albums and singles are counted. Should one album sale be equivalent to one single ...


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Most likely not. Or if she did, it wasn't because of "Three Days". Several accounts of "Three Days" give the impression that the eponymous weekend was concurrent with Xiola Blue being in California for her father's funeral. This naturally leads to the question of whether she actually attended the funeral, or if she was too otherwise ...


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Googled the lyrics, found it to be a traditional song: https://lyrics.lol/artist/29747-traditional/lyrics/740784-poor-howard Searching for the title "Poor Howard" found at least one version.


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There are earlier references to this song, however, the most complete version of this song I was able to find was this one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD5nL0Toh7w It not only includes much clearer audio than any other version, it also has a speech at the beginning over an instrumental of the song, confirming that the instrumentals and vocals were ...


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It's always going to be difficult to get exact attendances for very large open-air gatherings as these are rarely all-ticket and often spread over a large area. So you're always going to have guestimates. At very large events, the crowds often move about and people come and go at different times, which makes counting more difficult. If counts are made at ...


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If we look just at the up-market classical composers we see the following pattern: Up until the end of the 18th century virtually all of them worked either as court musicians in the service of some king or nobleman, or else they were employed by the (Catholic or Protestant) churches. Bach, for example, was a court musician in the first half of his career, ...


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