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FT-230008-15

Michelle Marie Meinhart
Martin Methodist College (Pulaski, TN 38478-2716)

Sheet Music Collections and Memorializing the First World War in the English Country House

Summer research and writing on British History, Gender Studies, and Music History and Criticism.

This monograph explores the role of music in recasting the formerly-exclusive English country house as a space of healing and transnational exchange for civilians and soldiers during World War I. I use the war-time annotated sheet music collection of Lady Alda Hoare of Stourhead, performed by her, her soldier son, and convalescing Tommies from England, Canada, and Australia, as a launching point for consideration of musical experiences in other country houses, many of which were military hospitals. Here music, as communal therapeutic performance and class-coded repertoires, complicated previous notions of family, class, gender, home, and nation. This project departs from previous inquiry on the War in its treatment of home and war fronts and national boundaries as liminal; formulation of sheet music collections as material, autobiographical memorials of war; and study of musical exchange through life writing and scrapbooks of soldiers and women.

Project fields:
British History; Gender Studies; Music History and Criticism

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 7/31/2015