Music in the Western: Notes From the Frontier

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Overview

Music in the Western: Notes from the Frontier presents essays from both film studies scholars and musicologists on core issues in western film scores: their history, their generic conventions, their operation as part of a narrative system, their functioning within individual filmic texts and their ideological import, especially in terms of the western’s construction of gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity. The Hollywood western is marked as uniquely American by its geographic setting, prototypical male protagonist and core American values. Music in the Western examines these conventions and the scores that have shaped them. But the western also had a resounding international impact, from Europe to Asia, and this volume distinguishes itself by its careful consideration of music in non-Hollywood westerns, such as Ravenous and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and in the “easterns” which influenced them, such as Yojimbo. Other films discussed include Wagon Master, High Noon, Calamity Jane, The Big Country, The Unforgiven, Dead Man, Wild Bill, There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men.

Contributors

Ross Care Corey K. Creekmur Yuna de Lannoy K. J. Donnelly Caryl Flinn Claudia Gorbman Kathryn Kalinak Charles Leinberger Matthew McDonald Peter Stanfield Mariana Whitmer Ben Winters

The Routledge Music and Screen Media Series offers edited collections of original essays on music in particular genres of cinema, television, video games and new media. These edited essay collections are written for an interdisciplinary audience of students and scholars of music and film and media studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415882262
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/26/2011
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 0.60 (w) x 0.90 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn Kalinak is Professor of English and Film Studies at Rhode Island College. She is the author of Settling the Score: Music in the Classical Hollywood Film (1992), How the West Was Sung: Music in the Westerns of John Ford (2007), and Film Music: A Very Short Introduction (2010). In 2011, she received RIC's Thorp Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Creative Activity.

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Table of Contents

Introduction, Kathryn Kalinak 1. "A Cowboy Has to Sing: Walt Disney, John Ford, and the Sons of the Pioneers, 1948-1950", Ross Care 2. "Ravenous: A British "Western" and Its Music", K. J. Donnelly 3. "Calam and Oakley: The Girls Sing Off", Caryl Flinn 4. "Masculinity and The Postmodern Western: Scoring Strategies in Dead Man and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada", Claudia Gorbman 5. "Cross-cultural Currents in the Western Film Score", Kathryn Kalinak 6. "Ennio Morricone and the Westerns of Sergio Leone:  Every Gun Really Does Make its own Tune", Charles Leinberger 7. "Scoring the American West in 2007: No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, 3:10 to Yuma, and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford", Matthew MacDonald 8. "From the Barroom Floor: American Song, Saloon Culture, and The Western", Peter Stanfield 9. "Silencing the Truth: Music and Identity in The Unforgiven (1960)", Ben Winters

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