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Carolina Bands Collection, 1914 - 1984
The online Carolina Bands Collection is a portion of the larger collection given to the University of South Carolina by two previous band directors: James Pritchard Sr. and James K. Copenhaver, and includes sheet music, audio files, drill charts, and album covers. The audio clips are at times coupled with the sheet music, so that one can read and listen to the music. The collection presents a unique view of the history of bands at the University of South Carolina from 1914 until the present. Hopefully, the entire Carolina Bands Collection, comprised of hundreds of letters, pages of drill, photographs, football programs, and newspaper clippings, will be available online one day.
Digital Sheet Music Project
This searchable database provides access to the bibliographic records and, for those pieces in the public domain, access to images of the cover and each page of music. Currently, the collection contains over 10,000 pieces of classical, popular, and sacred music from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Hemrick Nathan Salley Family Sheet Music
Donated in 2010 by Hemrick Nathan Salley Jr., the Salley Family Sheet Music includes music from the 19th and 20th Centuries. These two bound volumes from the collection each have a distinct focus: one on popular piano music from the mid-1800s, and the other on popular songs for piano and voice from 1899 to 1902 with an emphasis on blackface minstrelsy.
Massenet First Edition Opera Scores
Jules Massenet (1842-1912) was a prolific French composer credited with completing 40 operas and numerous other stage works, most notably ballets and oratorios. Works included in this digital collection represent first editions of some of Massenet’s more famous operas such as Thais, based on a novel by Anatole France, as well as more obscure, out of print works such as Sapho.
Sheet Music from the Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection
The Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection founded by Matthew J. Bruccoli in memory of his father includes over a thousand pieces of chiefly American sheet-music from the First World War. The Collection includes a variety of popular music from marches to rag-time to jazz, pieces made popular by the top performers of the era, themes of patriotism, love, the many roles of women, and the war itself, often with humor, as well as the story of music publishing in the U.S., in particular. It is noteworthy that the Collection includes a number of variant editions. These were quite deliberately collected to illustrate the demand for the most popular songs overtime, while also advertising varying lists of the next group of popular songs.
Tin Pan Alley
Tin Pan Alley is a term used to describe the popular sheet music business primarily based in New York City from 1880-1950, with its peak years occurring from 1903-1930. Comprised of works published in New York between 1890 and 1922, this digital collection exemplifies the intersection of the rise of the popular sheet music business, the growth of Broadway and vaudeville, and the golden age of illustration. These works, predominantly for voice and piano, were selected from the USC Music Library's Sheet Music Collection.