Over Here, Over There: Transatlantic Conversations on the Music of World War I

William Brooks (Editor), Christina Bashford (Editor), Gayle Sherwood Magee (Editor)

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During the Great War, composers and performers created music that expressed common sentiments like patriotism, grief, and anxiety. Yet music also revealed the complexities of the partnership between France, Great Britain, Canada, and the United States. At times, music reaffirmed a commitment to the shared wartime mission. At other times, it reflected conflicting views about the war from one nation to another or within a single nation.

Over Here, Over There examines how composition, performance, publication, recording, censorship, and policy shaped the Atlantic allies' musical response to the war. The first section of the collection offers studies of individuals. The second concentrates on communities, whether local, transnational, or on the spectrum in-between. Essay topics range from the sinking of the Lusitania through transformations of the entertainment industry to the influenza pandemic.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
Number of pages280
ISBN (Print)978-0-252-04270-6, 978-0-252-08454-6
StatePublished - Oct 2019


  • World War I
  • John Philip Sousa
  • Claude Debussy
  • Charles Ives
  • Frank Bridge
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Britain
  • France
  • Allies
  • music


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