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Frontier Figures: American Music and the Mythology of the American West

Beth Levy


This is an exploration of how the American West, both as physical space and inspiration, animated American music. Examining the work of such composers as Aaron Copland, Roy Harris, Virgil Thomson, Charles Wakefield Cadman, and Arthur Farwell, it addresses questions of regionalism, race, and representation, as well as changing relationships to the natural world, to highlight the intersections between classical music and the diverse worlds of Indians, pioneers, and cowboys. The author draws from an array of genres to show how different brands of western Americana were absorbed into American cult ... More

Keywords: American West, American music, regionalism, race, representation, classical music, Indians, pioneers, cowboys, western Americana

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520267763
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520267763.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Beth Levy, author