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Though it might seem humorous to imagine Lady Gaga or U2 recorded on a cylinder, it’s really no laughing matter.

Songster, a lyrics-only songbook, Harrigan & Hart’s Mulcahey Twins Songster, 1872




Handwritten music, “The Treble to Pilgrims Farwell,” Luzon Nichols, 1820 Song broadside, “The Captain of the Provost” with panorama of Nashville, 1863

Songbook, Slave Songs of the United States, the earliest published songbook of African American spirituals, 1867

Cabinet card of String Trio, unknown musicians, ca. 1880

Edison Cylinder, precursor to recorded discs, “Casey Jones,” artist Billy Murray, 1910

Gospel songbook, Singers Glory, publisher James D. Vaughan, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., 1951

Sheet music, “Hound Dog,” written by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, performed by Elvis Presley, 1956

Reel-to-reel stereo tape (3”), “Lullaby of Birdland,” Ella and Duke at the Cote D’Azur, composer George Shearing, performer Ella Fitzgerald, 1967

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Transcription disc of a recorded radio program (not sold commercially), 1940 Sheet music, “Flag of the South,” C. D. Bensen & Co., a Confederate imprint, Nashville, Tenn., 1862 Music for the Silent Movies, “Agitated Apassionato; For agitated themes of commotion of emotional and dramatically pathetic character,” Robbins Music Corp., 1927 Flute and violin tune book, The Musical Miscellany, the oldest item in the center’s collection, 1729

MTSU Magazine Fall 2011  

The fall 2011 issue of MTSU Magazine featuring 100 things we love about MTSU.

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