The 1918 Pandemic’s Impact on Music? Surprisingly Little

Influenza blues music score

During the 1918 pandemic, several different songs called “The Influenza Blues” were published as sheet music. © Arizona State University Music Library Sheet Music Collection

Unlike the existential threat posed by the coronavirus outbreak, cultural life returned swiftly to normal after the flu.

“Music Nets Millions for Liberty Loan Drive,” proclaimed a front-page headline in October 1918. A major gala at the Metropolitan Opera had just raised more than $20 million for that World War I bond campaign. The New York Philharmonic had raised another million in its own patriotic concert, with George M. Cohan leading his hit “Over There.” Full story.

William Robin (The New York Times) / May 6, 2020

Weblink :
Photo credit :

More Press

Leave a Comment

All fields are required. Your email address will not be published.