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

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

William Brooks - Speaker

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.
8 Jun 2016


TitleNewberry Colloquium
Period8/06/16 → …
LocationNewberry Library
CountryUnited States
Degree of recognitionInternational event


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

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