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Descriptive Overview
Provenance: Unknown
Citation: Sheet Music Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Southeast Missouri State University
Restrictions: Music and lyrics published in 1922 or earlier in the United States are in the public domain, which means that they may be reproduced without restriction. Music and lyrics published in 1923 or later may be protected by copyright; however they are available for viewing and study.
Historical Note
The 19th century saw the advent of parlor music in Europe and North America. Parlor music was widely distributed sheet music published for and often composed for use and performance by amateur musicians in their own homes. This coincided with an increased affordability of instruments and music lessons amongst the middle class. Parlor music was usually written for voice and piano and the lyrics were often sentimental or romantic in theme. Sheet music was at the forefront of the music industry until the rise in popularity of the phonograph record and radio around the 1920s.
Scope and Content Note
Consists primarily of individually published songs for voice and piano or piano solo from the late 19th century and early 20th century. Some method books and collections of songs published together are included, as well as a few promotional sheets of music samples from publishing companies. One large, bound book of unrelated, individually published sheet music is included. Incomplete pieces, music samples, the bound book, and fragile documents are housed in a separate box from the rest.
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