Pandemics, Music and Patriotism

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Ontology Tags

Classes Arts & Entertainment: Mirror of Society – (1) Music as a Form of Communication (2) Role of Art on Society | Health & Health Services: Epidemic, Endemic & Pandemic Disease – Impact on Society | Journalism: Journalistic Challenges – Discerning Truth & Credibility|Societies: Uncovering Social Issues – Patriotism

Goals Challenging Problems: (1) Questions – (a) Express the Intangible Visually (b) Strongly Held Beliefs (2) Humans in the World – Civilizations & Cultures (3) Of the Mind – State of Mind | Achieved Literacy Skills: Information & Technology – Distinguish Quality Web Content | Intended Learning Outcomes: Instilled Citizenship Values – (1) Democratic Systems & Values (2) Societal Influence & Political World | CTEs & Disciplines: (1) Arts & Entertainment (2) Music Studies (3) Nonverbal Communication (4) Cultural Studies


As the Covid-19 pandemic affects the world, great examples of compassion, empathy, strength and patriotism flood the Internet. Although these heartwarming stories and pictures are welcomed by readers in this difficult time, we must still take care to develop critical thinking skills – to ensure that the sources are credible and what we pass on to others as fact is truthful.

We can use this difficult time to reflect on the way in which music demonstrates patriotism and cultural pride.

Nessun Dorma During Italy’s Pandemic

While Italy, like the rest of the world endures a quarantine form the Covid 19 pandemic, a video circulated around the Internet claiming to be the Italian Air Force flying a single jet, representing the virus, to meet other jets that stream the colors of the Italian flag. All the while. opera singer Luciano Pavarotti performs in background music the Nessum Dorma, with words translated to English to mean “I will win,” though the Internet version translates the words to “We shall overcome.”

Was this a show of patriotism and strength of the Italian Air Force? Who matched the background music to the video? Is the language “We shall overcome” equivalent to the meaning of the words used in the Italian opera on which the music was based? What was the origin of the video? Does it matter  if the video was legitimate if it had the effect of engendering national pride and optimism in a time of crisis?


Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears – The Irish Tenors

Music about Ellis Island, the Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears sung by tenor Brian Dunphy. Located at the mouth of Hudson River between New York and New Jersey, Ellis Island saw millions of newly arrived immigrants pass through its doors. In fact, it has been estimated that close to 40 percent of all current U.S. citizens can trace at least one of their ancestors to Ellis Island.

Celtic Thunder – My Land

In 2007 producer Sharon Browne filmed the first ever Celtic Thunder show at the Helix in Dublin, Ireland. The concept was to feature a group of men from Ireland and Scotland, who range in age from 14 to 40, and feature songs that celebrate a common Celtic Heritage.

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The Future of Truth & Misinformation Online

Experts are evenly split on whether the coming decade will see a reduction in false and misleading narratives online. Those forecasting improvement place their hopes in technological fixes and in societal solutions. Others think the dark side of human nature is aided more than stifled by technology.

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Italians Sing Out From Balconies During Coronavirus Lockdown

Italians, across the country, quarantined in their homes by the coronavirus pandemic joined together to sing patriotic songs from their balconies,  in an effort to boost morale during its nationwide lockdown due to Covid-19.


Meanwhile in Spain, well-known singers and even the police perform to life spirits.

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