The Gaylord Music Library’s sheet music collection includes a wealth of compositions related to St. Louis’ 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition (also known as the St. Louis World Fair). The sounds of the era came alive on Friday, November 11, 2016, at WU’s 560 Music Center, when WU music students and alumni performed selected compositions in a recital called “At the Fair: Music from the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition.”
The November 11 performance was recorded, and the sound files have been added to WU Libraries’ online exhibit, Meet Me in St. Louis: Class, Race, & Sheet Music at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Visitors to the exhibit can now listen to music that probably hasn’t been heard for more than 100 years. Additions were made to several of sections of the exhibit, including Three Musical Styles, Education and Entertainment, and White Popular Culture.
Karen Olson, technical services assistant in the Gaylord Music Library, spearheaded this project, which was supported by an Innovation Grant from the WU Libraries. For more information, contact the Gaylord Music Library at 314-935-5563 or firstname.lastname@example.org.