A brief history of post world war ii music i am always fascinated by the seemingly incongruous worlds of music and other historical events isnt it a bit surreal that the last guardian of the classical tradition johannes brahms could have met the amateur violinist albert einstein the latter was 18 years old when brahms died. World war ii was the first conflict to take place in the age of electronically mass distributed music many people in the war listened to the radio and long playing records en masse by 1940 962 of northeastern american urban households had radiothe lowest american demographic to embrace mass distributed music southern rural families still had 1 radio for every two households. Outline the years immediately after world war ii marked a period of separation between classical and popular spheres while developments in the traditional sphere continued and new technologies increased the rate of change and stylistic plurality that characterized music of the last half century. American music during world war ii was considered to be popular music that was enjoyed during the late 1930s the end of the great depression through the mid 1940s through the end of world war ii radio and accessibility by 1940 80 of american households would own a radio making american music far more accessible to civilians and
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