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Beth Levy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520267763

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520267763.001.0001

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Western Democracy, Western Landscapes, Western Music

Western Democracy, Western Landscapes, Western Music

(p.56) 2 Western Democracy, Western Landscapes, Western Music
Frontier Figures

Beth E. Levy

University of California Press

On his western sojourns, Farwell saw himself as an evangelist bringing the gospel of good American music to such remote locations as Kinsley, Kansas. But he also returned to the East in evangelical mode, ready to discourse about Indians and to spread the word about composition in the American hinterlands. Although Farwell functioned as a prophet, for many of his western adventures Charles Lummis was actually the one who prepared the way. Travel writer, ethnographer, architect, librarian, activist, and antiquarian, Lummis was a formidable figure in the culture of Southern California. He introduced Farwell to a practice of ethnography and transcription that, while idiosyncratic by today's standards, involved extended sessions with individual informants and the most sophisticated technologies of recording and reproduction available.

Keywords:   Arthur Farwell, Charles Lummis, American West, transcription, ethnography, composers

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