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Seventy-five years ago, with America in the thick of the Second World War, the world first heard a celebrated patriotic fanfare by Aaron Copland. WNYC’s Sara Fishko has more in this edition of Fishko Files.

Elizabeth Bergman teaches history at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton, NJ. Her book Music for the Common Man: Aaron Copland during the Depression and War is available on Amazon.

Harvey J. Kaye is the Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. His book The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great is available on Amazon.

John Corigliano is an award-winning composer and serves on the composition faculty at the Juilliard School of Music. He is also a Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College. For more information, visit his website.

Hear Henry Wallace's speech "The Price of Free World Victory," as recited in the 1943 Paramount Pictures documentary short Paramount Victory Short No. T2-3: The Price of Victory.

 

 

WNYC Production Credits

Executive Producer: Sara Fishko
Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley
Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister
Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann