Western Democracy, Western Landscapes, Western Music

Beth E. Levy

in Frontier Figures

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780520267763
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520952027 | DOI:
Western Democracy, Western Landscapes, Western Music

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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

Chapter.  11428 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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