Department of Music

In ‘Hymns for the Fallen,’ Decker Examines Music and Sound in War Films

By ksinger on March 2, 2017

Todd Decker, chair of music in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, has published four books on commercial popular music in the United States. In his new book, Hymns for the Fallen: Combat Movie Music and Sound After Vietnam (University of California Press), he examines how ...

Library Faculty Book Talk: Todd Decker

By ksinger on December 5, 2016

In Hymns for the Fallen: Combat Movie Music and Sound After Vietnam, Todd Decker listens closely to 40 years of Hollywood combat films produced after Vietnam. Ever a noisy genre, post-Vietnam war films have deployed music and sound to place the audience in the midst of battle and to provoke refle...

At the Fair: Music from the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition

By ksinger on June 1, 2016

In 1904, all eyes and ears turned to the city of St. Louis, host of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Music publishers in St. Louis and across the United States printed songs and music in all styles inspired by the fair, its exhibits, and its attendees. Hear the sounds of the fair as preserved b...