Music, Noise, and the First World War: “All of Us”, Bay and Aaron’s Rod

  • Susan ReidEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Music and Literature book series (PASTMULI)


“Music, Noise, and the First World War: ‘All of Us’, Bay and Aaron’s Rod”, traces Lawrence’s retreat from large-scale musical productions in episodic works that challenge the extent to which music could continue to offer consolation in a shatteringly noisy, war-torn world. In “All of Us”, the militaristic imperialism of Verdi’s Aïda depicted in Aaron’s Rod is counterpointed by translations of the songs of the Egyptian fellaheen (labourers). Analysis of the war poems of Bay (1920) suggests thematic and structural interests in song and silence that resonate with Debussy’s muted response to the war, and also with the loose-knit structure and themes of Schubert’s Winterreise, including the notions of wintering and fragmentation that helped to shape Aaron’s Rod.


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  1. 1.University of Northampton NorthamptonNorthamptonshireUK

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