Strike up the band
Music is everywhere...and thoughts about music are just as pervasive. For example, "The discovery of song and the creation of musical instruments both owed their origin to a human impulse which lies much deeper than conscious intention: the need for rhythm in life… the need is a deep one, transcending thought, and disregarded at our peril," writes Richard Baker, British composer and conductor. "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy," Beethoven said, and "Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything” was Plato's take on music. And for the American cowboy--after all, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is all about the West--music was just plain practical, as this verse demonstrates, listed on LegendsOfAmerica.com: "What keeps the herd from running, stampeding far and wide? The cowboy's long, low whistle, and singing by their side." Below are some of the musical instruments here at the Center of the West that represent Baker's need for rhythm, Beethoven's higher revelation, and Plato's soul to the universe. From the ceremonial drums to the boisterous horns, music is part and parcel of the West. Even Buffalo Bill's Wild West had its own signature music. Copy this link and have a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ync2ZtkvkH8.
A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: Marg2309