Civil War melodies subject of meeting
By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - When it comes to music of the Civil War era, you're not just whistling "Dixie."
Before, during and after the war, large numbers of pieces were written because of the conflict that was such a central part of American life, said two people helping put on a two-day program of the music from the era. The event will be held at Shepherd College April 20-21.
"It was a horrendous conflict and it spawned so much music," said Bruce Kelley, professor of music at Shepherd College. He and Mark Snell, director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War have been spearheading the work for the academic and musical events at the conference.
Kelley said their research has uncovered 20-25 musical pieces that grew out of the battle of Gettysburg "and I'm sure we didn't find them all."