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

byBeth E. Levy

Paperback | April 18, 2012

Frontier Figures: American Music and the Mythology of the American West by Beth E. Levy
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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.
Beth E. Levy is Associate Professor of Music at the University of California, Davis.
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Title:Frontier Figures: American Music and the Mythology of the American WestFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:470 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.2 inShipping dimensions:470 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.2 inPublished:April 18, 2012Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520267788

ISBN - 13:9780520267787

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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