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Over Here, Over ThereTransatlantic Conversations on the Music of World War I$
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William Brooks, Christina Bashford, and Gayle Magee

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042706

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042706.001.0001

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Of Stars, Soldiers, Mothers, and Mourning

Of Stars, Soldiers, Mothers, and Mourning

(p.199) Chapter 9 Of Stars, Soldiers, Mothers, and Mourning
Over Here, Over There

William Brooks

University of Illinois Press

Symbols like the service flag furthered community morale in the United States during World War I and evolved to engender memorial organizations like Gold Star Mothers. Music supported both, with three components of the industry—Tin Pan Alley, Kitchen Table publishing, and Song Sharks—differing in key respects: the participation of women composers and lyricists, the focus on mothers and loss, and the mix of ballads, waltz songs, and marches. As the war evolved, so did the responses, with the closing months and aftermath focusing increasingly on soldiers’ fatalities and the expression of grief and mourning. Postwar changes in style and dissemination marked the end of such collective expressions.

Keywords:   World War I, service flag, Gold Star Mothers, music publishing, Tin Pan Alley, Kitchen Table, song sharks, women, composers, lyricists

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