American soldiers in presence of gas, 42nd division. Essey, France. September 20, 1918. 
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American soldiers in presence of gas, 42nd division. Essey, France. September 20, 1918.
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The Coming Of The Great War, Set To Music

To mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, University of Washington professor Robin McCabe planned a series she calls “Music from the War to End All Wars.”

The debut event includes professor Robert Stacey’s talk ,“A Gathering Storm? Artistic Crisis and the Coming of the First World War.”

Stacey is a professor of history and UW’s Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. UW School of Music students perform a program that includes period pieces composed by Debussy, De Falla and Bartók. Their combined approach, inspired by music and art, serves as a poignant reflection on to the tragic history of the so-called Great War.

The University of Washington presented this talk and concert at The Brechemin Auditorium on Sunday, December 7, 2014. Thanks to Gary Louie for this recording.