Introduction: The course of empire -- Part One. Arthur Farwell's West : The Wa-wan and the West ; Western democracy, western landscapes, western music -- Part Two. Western encounters : Charles Wakefield Cadman and others: Encountering Indians ; Staging the West -- Part Three. American pastorals: West of Eden ; Power in the land ; Harvest home -- Part Four. Roy Harris : provincial cowboy, white hope: How Roy Harris became western ; Manifest destiny ; The composer as folk singer -- Part Five. Aaron Copland : from Orient to Occident: The saga of the prairies ; Communal song, cosmopolitan song ; Copland and the cinematic West -- Conclusion: On the trail.