WAR AND PEACE: The 1940s
Part 2: The Peace Years 1945 - 1950
1945-1950 was marked by the post-war boom in America and reconstruction in the rest of the world.
As the 1890s saw the major impact of technological change, so did the late 1940s – especially in transportation and communication. Almost as soon as World War II ended, a new form of war emerged as the United States and the Soviet Union dominated world politics in what came to be called “The Cold War”. Musically, jazz changed from big band swing to small band “cool” through a new style called “Bebop”, created by artists such as Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. Country music became a major style through radio broadcasts and new artists. Singers replaced instrumentalists as star artists with the rise of artists such as Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore, Nat King Cole and others. European composers explored extreme modernism while technology led to the beginnings of electronic composition. Rodgers and Hammerstein developed the Broadway Musical into its classic form and began what came to be known as “The Golden Age of Broadway”.
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