CfA: Music for New Frontiers (essay collection)

Mariana Whitmer and Kendra Preston Leonard:
“Music for New Frontiers: Re-Locating the Sounds of the Western”
Deadline: January 10, 2015

We all know the sound of the “classic” movie Western, and what it signifies: a sense of the bravura and heroics associated with the genre illustrated through clean-cut good guys and shifty-eyed bad guys, a rustic landscape, showdowns and brawls. Westerns, and their scores, full of iconic motifs, timbres, and harmonies, have always helped us to interpret our past and our present, deal with political and social issues, and delineate the moral behavior of the various bad guys and good guys of the periods depicted. So what happens when that soundtrack is transposed to other settings? This collection seeks to locate and relocate the Western and its soundtrack in recent media.

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Abstracts of 500 words are requested by January 10, 2015 in .doc(x), .rtf. or .odt form to both Mariana Whitmer (samed at and Kendra Preston Leonard (kendraprestonleonard at For accepted abstracts, full essays of 5,000-8,000 words will be due September 1, 2015.

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