Social disruption and its effects on music: An empirical analysis

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Data on musical compositions in six countries show the effect that varying conditions of a war period can have on the construction of music. Prior to World War II, pieces mitten in these nations display similar characteristics when measured across a set of musical properties. However, the outbreak of battle precipitates a deviation in this pattern. Works created in areas exposed to a high degree of social disruption exhibit change on several of the dimensions examined here; compositions written in regions that were not subjected to such disorganization show little or no change. Sociological implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)885-904
Number of pages20
JournalSocial Forces
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1984
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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