Not Just a Pretty Tune: What We Can Learn from Sheet Music

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


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.
Period8 Jun 2016
Event titleNewberry Colloquium
Event typeOther
LocationChicago, United StatesShow on map


  • World War I
  • sheet music
  • bibliography
  • printing
  • censorship