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Not Just a Pretty Tune: What Can Be Learned from Sheet Music

Knowledge Wins
Dan Smith
Case Wing Broadside D522.25 .W67 1914 no. 51

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

4pm

Towner Fellows’ Lounge

Bill Brooks, Professor of Music at the University of York and NEH/Lloyd Lewis Fellow in American History at the Newberry Library
Newberry Colloquium

Sheet music is, of course, a vehicle for notating sound-for writing down a piece of music. But sheet music imprints tell us much more than how the music goes, and a careful comparison at details (in conjunction with other sources) often brings into view a hidden history that reveals much about the function of a song. This talk will focus on just one example: the 1917 song “After the War Is Over,” in all (well, at least some) of its transformations.