Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Musical Imagery from the Great War

Found at the Europeana Collections

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Bagpipe Band Performing at Gare du Nord, Paris, 1916

Elsie Janis, Future "Sweetheart" of the AEF in 1915

War Music by Camille Saint-Saëns

Banjo Band of Blinded War Veterans

British Postcard

Trench Musician

French Bugler 

A Regimental Band Leads the Troops Off to War

Composer Maurice Ravel, Who Drove a Truck at Verdun

Thanks to Andrew Melomet for bringing these to my attention.


  1. I was touched by all the photos and postcards.
    Music is in our DNA and especially when at war.
    Thank you for today's topic.
    Margaret Australia

    1. Indeed. What a fine range of examples.
      Didn't Saint-Saens come out of retirement to support the war?