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Re-Locating the Sounds of the Western

Edited by Kendra Preston Leonard, Mariana Whitmer

© 2019 – Routledge

192 pages | 35 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138571532
pub: 2018-08-29
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Re-Locating the Sounds of the Western examines the use and function of musical tropes and gestures traditionally associated with the American Western in new and different contexts ranging from Elizabethan theater, contemporary drama, space opera and science fiction, Cold War-era European filmmaking, and sampling in popular music. Each chapter focuses on a notable use of Western musical tropes, textures, instrumentation, form, and harmonic language, delving into the resonance of the music of the Western to cite bravura, machismo, colonization, violence, gender roles and essentialism, exploration, and other concepts.

Table of Contents

1. "The Wild West meets the Wives of Windsor: Shakespeare and Music in the Mythological American West" (Kendra Preston Leonard) 2. "The Commodification of the Western Soundscape" (Mariana Whitmer, Pittsburgh) 3. "High-senberg Noon: Breaking Bad and the Sounds of the West" (Jeffrey Bullins, State University of New York Plattsburgh) 4. "‘Some People Call Me the Space Cowboy’: Sonic Markers of the Science Fiction Western" (S. Andrew Granade, University of Missouri-Kansas City) 5. ""You Can’t Build an Empire Without Getting a Mite Unscrupulous": Music, Morality, and Cold War Criticism in Doctor Who’s ‘The Gunfighters’ (1966)" (Stanley C. Pelkey II, Florida State University) 6. "From the Old West to the New Future: Stoney Burke, The Outer Limits, and the Daystar Stock Music Library" (Reba Wissner, Montclair State University) 7. "Reinterpreting the American Western in Ry Cooder’s Soundtrack to Paris, Texas (1984)" (Erin Bauer) 8. "The Soundscape of the East German Indianerfilme" (Joanna Yunker, University of Massachussetts Amherst)

About the Editors

Kendra Preston Leonard is a musicologist whose work focuses on music and screen history; women and music in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; and music and disability. She is the author of The Conservatoire Américain: a History (2007); Shakespeare, Madness and Music: Scoring Insanity in Cinematic Adaptations (2009); Louise Talma: A Life in Composition (Ashgate, 2014) and Music for Silent Film: A Guide to North American Resources (2016). She is contributing editor to Buffy, Ballads, and Bad Guys Who Sing: Music in the Worlds of Joss Whedon (2010). She has been the Director of The Silent Film Sound and Music Archive ( since 2013.

Mariana Whitmer of the University of Pittsburgh, was Project Director for the Center for American Music, 2002-2016. Whitmer has published numerous journal articles, and book projects in progress include: Dissonance Intended: The Westerns of Max Steiner; Scoring the Plains: Music in the Classic Hollywood Western and Elmer Bernstein’s The Magnificent Seven: A Film Score Guide.

About the Series

Ashgate Screen Music Series

Ashgate Screen Music Series

The recent proliferation of research about music for film, television, video games, and the Internet—collectively called "screen music"—has resulted in a growing, diverse body of scholarly work that cuts across disciplinary divides, temporal partitions, and geographical boundaries. These studies nevertheless share a common dedication to advancing our understanding of how music interacts with moving images: supporting narrative, creating affect, suspending disbelief, and engaging audiences. The Ashgate Screen Music series dedicates itself to publishing such monographs and edited collections, which reflect the variety of topics and approaches adopted in current screen music scholarship while addressing specific encounters between music and moving images, regardless of medium, genre, time, or place. Our authors rely upon both ear and eye in coming to terms with the social, cultural, and historical meanings embedded within the audiovisual text. While maintaining the highest academic standards of peer-reviewed publication, series volumes also strive to speak to inquisitive readers in general, who wish to inform themselves about the subject under investigation. We hope that our readership will find the individual volumes in the Ashgate Screen Music series rewarding in and of themselves, and exemplary of how the varied themes and methods in screen music research of today can meaningfully and profitably intersect across increasingly porous boundaries.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General