Proletarian Pandemic & Bourgeois Bandemic

Composer Name: 
Alex Wick
Description: 

The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have created many new problems, including a national and global economic recession, record unemployment numbers, and a loss of health insurance for many newly unemployed people. However, the only new problem the pandemic has brought is the virus itself—the consequences of the coronavirus only exacerbated problems that have been present for the working class since the founding of the country. Low wages, high living costs, and health insurance tied to employment have been problems present for decades that have only been made much worse by the economic conditions created by the pandemic. While all of these problems are ravaging the working class (the proletariat), the upper class (the bourgeoisie) has been gaining an immense amount of wealth. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the wealth of America's billionaires has grown by hundreds of billions of dollars. "Bands" is a slang term for money, since people and banks often use bands to hold together large stacks of cash. This piece contrasts how the proletariat have been suffering from this pandemic, while the bourgeoisie have been increasing their wealth, so they are essentially in a "band-emic."

Grade Level: 
12
Intended For: 
Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: 
Noteflight
Instrumentation: 
Piano, Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
Key: 
C Major
Time Signature: 
4/4
Tempo: 
144 BPM & 92 BPM
Status: 
Work in Progress
Teacher's Last Name: 
Hamilton

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