A Musical Salute to the New Agrarianism

Gene Logsdon

in The Mother of All Arts

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124438
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134734 | DOI:
A Musical Salute to the New Agrarianism

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This chapter discusses the efforts of Ben Stinner and Bob Bargar to find a way to get the message of sustainable agriculture out to the public and to farmers being overwhelmed by high chemical, fuel, and machinery costs. Barger's idea came from the question of whether or not they could harness the activities in the arts in local communities to tell the story. During the course of their planning, they hit upon the idea of using photochoreography, which had previously been used by James Westwater. This process combines multiscreen slideshows with orchestral performances of classical music that fit the subject of the images. This sparked a trend of using classical music to underline the artistry latent in farming, and it highlights the influence of farming on more recognized kinds of classical music.

Keywords: Ben Stinner; Bob Bargar; sustainable agriculture; photochoreography; James Westwater; classical music; artistry; farming

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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