Read the article here over on Maestra Music’s pages.
Clare Kummer had a song which was a huge hit: “Dearie” in 1905, which sold over 1 million copies of sheet music. To put that in context: in 1900, it is estimated that there were about 1 million pianos in the entire US.
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Sarah K. Whitfield is a music and theatre researcher, dramaturg, writer and digital humanities scholar. Her research focuses on exploring the historiography of music and theatre, and recovering the work that women and minoritised groups have done through archival research and digital humanities. She has published widely on collaborative practice in musical theatre, film musicals, and in queer fan studies. Her most recent books are the edited collection Reframing the Musical: Race, Culture and Identity (2019), and An Inconvenient Black History of British Musical Theatre 1900-1950, co-written with Sean Mayes.
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