War sirens: how the sheet music industry sold World War I

MOspace/Manakin Repository

Breadcrumbs Navigation

War sirens: how the sheet music industry sold World War I

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/11459

[-] show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisor Tyrrell, Sarah en
dc.contributor.author Griffeath, Kristin
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-26T17:01:42Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-26T17:01:42Z
dc.date.issued 2011-08-26
dc.date.submitted 2011 Summer en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/11459
dc.description Title from PDF of title page, viewed on August 26, 2011 en
dc.description Thesis advisor: Sarah Tyrrell en
dc.description Vita en
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 126-135) en
dc.description Thesis (M.M.)--Conservatory of Music and Dance. University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2011 en
dc.description.abstract During World War I the U.S. Committee on Public Information (CPI) sponsored a national culture of war in posters, speeches, and films. Against this war-soaked cultural backdrop, the sheet music industry echoed the pervasive messages of the CPI, often using images of women to appeal to the American people. Connections between sheet music and CPI poster themes reflect the cultural dominance of war messages, and themes from various CPI-sponsored materials recur as motifs in the era's sheet music. The sheet music covers, lyrics, and musical cues reinforced prototypical roles for women during the war (from angelic nurses to flirtatious tomboy recruits) as established in the poster art, revealing a gendered cultural code. By purchasing sheet music and carrying it into their homes, American citizens literally bought into the war propaganda, heeding the siren call of the female imagery in CPI advertising to invest materially and emotionally in the war effort. Analysis of cover art, titles, lyrics, and musical examples highlights the use of archetypal images of women from poster and advertising traditions, suggesting that the sheet music industry was an unofficial partner of the CPI. en_US
dc.description.tableofcontents Introduction -- Motherhood and war -- Sister Susie sews at home -- The girls they left behind -- Angels and madonnas -- Red Cross girlies and Salvation lassies -- The American girl vs. the French fling -- Columbia, the Amazon warrior --Joan of Arc -- Conclusion en
dc.format.extent viii, 136 pages en
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Kansas City en
dc.subject.lcsh World War, 1914-1918 -- Music title pages en
dc.subject.lcsh World War, 1914-1918 -- Propaganda en
dc.subject.lcsh World War, 1914-1918 -- Songs and music en
dc.subject.lcsh United States -- Committee on Public Information en
dc.subject.lcsh World War, 1914-1918 -- Women en
dc.subject.other Thesis -- University of Missouri--Kansas City -- Music en
dc.title War sirens: how the sheet music industry sold World War I en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Musicology en
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Kansas City en
thesis.degree.name M.M. en
thesis.degree.level Masters en


This item appears in the following Collection(s)

[-] show simple item record