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1. Draw up a timeline of major events in the United States’ involvement in WW II from the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 to the Japanese surrender in 1945. (for reference-don’t post)
2. Choose one of the two ‘wartime’ compositions covered in this unit: William Grant Still’s Suite for Violin and Piano (1943) or Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring (1945).
3. Place your piece on the timeline, research the genesis of that piece and other related information. Consider the meaning of the piece within the context of America’s involvement in WWII. Then, post your responses to the following:
a. What connections exist between the dates of your piece and the events of the war?
b. What makes this piece a ‘Wartime composition’?
c. What does it reflect about the attitude of the American people during this tumultuous period of world history?