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Geography and Film Music: Musicology, Gender, and the Spatiality of Instrumental Music

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)570-583
Number of pages14
JournalInstitute of British Geographers. Transactions
Issue number3
Early online date23 Jun 2021
Accepted/In press17 Feb 2021
E-pub ahead of print23 Jun 2021
PublishedSep 2021


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Film and music are key concerns in human geography. But rarely has film music been considered. Here, the scores of James Horner (1953–2015), one of the most successful Hollywood composers of recent decades, are used to explore future
directions in the geographies of music. Through engagement with the fields of musicology and film music studies, the paper calls for greater engagement with
instrumental, in addition to lyrical, music. Hitherto, the latter has encountered the overwhelming majority of attention in human geography. But instrumental
music’s style, form, and structure convey distinctly spatial knowledge and thought. As such, instrumental music represents a crucial addition to the topics considered by musical geographies. Through attention to such music, the conceptualisation of music in musical geographies is expanded.

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