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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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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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Ted Nugent registered for the draft, showed up to his physical, did not go to Canada, but was classified 4F. So as someone who was around during Vietnam, I would maintain he is not a draft dodger. Government records show Nugent originally got a student deferment in 1969 and when student deferments were ended, he got a 4-F designation that he was "not ...


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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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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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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 are might a few other older ...


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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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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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From what I have been able to research, numerous sources such as this and this trace back rap to the griots of pre-colonial, western Africa. Griots were essentially poets and bards who communicated history and political messages through song. According to the article "Politics of Diaspora: Sahwari poets and postcolonial transformations of a trans-Saharan ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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According to Stolba's Music in the Life of Thomas Jefferson, his music library contained no works by Mozart. If Jefferson ever heard Mozart's 40th, it may have been Alexander Reinagle that brought it to his attention. Reinagle was a composer and impresario of musical theater and a personal friend of Mozart's as early as 1764. Drummond's Early German Music ...


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The instrument referred to as 'tuba' in this context was simply the trumpet, rather than the modern instrument named tuba ('tuba' being the Latin word for 'trumpet'). In his book Obseruationes anatomicae. Ad Petrum Mannam medicum Cremonensem, Gabrielle Fallopio wrote: Quare cum humus classici organi demptis capreolis, vel etiam iisdem additis meatus ...


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Short answer: "Partitur-Überziehung" is a now quirky and archaic expression in German. "Überziehen" and its variants refer to Cosima's habit of re-drawing or 'inking' Wagner's notations from pencil drafts to a final, clearer and more permanent representation. Evidence and proof: Comparing the instances of this phrase (and the apparent absence of net-...


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Yes. Don’t Poison the Baby With Angry Breast Milk Several advice books suggested that mothers could harm their babies by thinking the wrong sorts of thoughts. The Sadlers, husband-and-wife doctors who collected their wisdom in 1916, blamed “angry” mothers for causing their babies’ colic. Mothers could also run dry by engaging in “worry, grief, or ...


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