Session 4: Sounds of Change: Anti-war

Tue Sep 15, 2020
The Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection is a gem among our Special Collections holdings. This carefully curated collection of 30,000 pieces of popular sheet music is the perfect lens through which to explore US reform movements, including suffrage, emancipation, anti-war, prohibition/temperance, and labor. During each session, assistant curator Sam Bessen provides a brief overview of the reform movement, and dives more deeply into it through the lens of 3-4 historic songs, examining the history revealed by each song and the specific techniques used by composers to achieve the emotional affect needed to further their movement. To learn more visit