Dominic's Popular Sheet Music
Dominic Vautier 2/17/2012
For much of American history songs were kept on sheets of paper. Printed sheet music was the only media available to the industry for the last two centuries or so, that is until recorded music came along. No other way to communicate musical content existed except by word of mouth which was at best unreliable. So before phonograph records were here sheet music was America's only song media.
The Great Sheet Music Era
Popular Sheet music began to really thrive around 1892 and reached it's zenith by 1910. There were billions of sheets produced but not much of it survives. It's was just too easy to get worn out and get thrown away.
Most of the writers of popular music tended to gravitate to New York
City, occupying the low rent, beat-up and otherwise unused brick buildings
along 28th Street
So Tin Pan Alley thrived and so did sheet music.
My music collection.
I have a lot of old sheet music from the gaslight period, more properly the period starting from about 1892 until the war. I will try to present most of this material over time. Here are some of the songs. Each selection contains all the music on the sheet along with advertisements and endorsements, lots of fun to look at.