Music out of World War II Madness

June 2007
Military History;Jun2008, Vol. 24 Issue 4, p11
The article announces the availability of compositions written by prisoners of war (POWs) between 1933 and 1945 to scholars at Third University in Rome, Italy in September 2007. It notes that POWs use notebooks, diaries, scraps and toilet paper to write their compositions. Jazz that focuses on liberty were created by POWs at Japanese camps in Southeast Asia. Pianist Francesco Lotoro collected such pieces that include waltzes, tangos, operas and folk songs.


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