Talking Vaudeville in Graz, Austria

By Nicholas Gebhardt on November 8th, 2018

On 6 November 2018, I presented a talk on vaudeville songwriting at the Research Round Table, University of Music and the Performing Arts in Graz, Austria.

My paper explored some of the standard songwriting practices that emerged on the vaudeville stage in the United States in the period 1870-1929 and the theories that were developed by musicians to explain them.

The discussion afterwards focused on issues of copyright, recording, challenges for songwriters working now, and changes in the music industry over the last century.