Frontier Figures : American Music and the Mythology of the American West Hardback
by Beth E. Levy
Part of the California Studies in 20th-Century Music series
"Frontier Figures" is a tour-de-force 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, Beth E.
Levy 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.
Levy draws from an array of genres to show how different brands of western Americana were absorbed into American culture by way of sheet music, radio, lecture recitals, the concert hall, and film. "Frontier Figures" is a comprehensive illumination of what the West meant and still means to composers living and writing long after the close of the frontier.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 470 pages, 10 b-w photographs, 84 music examples
- Publisher: University of California Press
- Publication Date: 01/06/2012
- Category: Music
- ISBN: 9780520267763
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