Charles Ives and His World

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This volume shows Charles Ives in the context of his world in a number of revealing ways. Five new essays examine Ives's relationships to European music and to American music, politics, business, and landscape. J. Peter Burkholder shows Ives as a composer well versed in four distinctive musical traditions who blended them in his mature music. Leon Botstein explores the paradox of how, in the works of Ives and Mahler, musical modernism emerges from profoundly antimodern sensibilities. David Michael Hertz reveals ...

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Overview

This volume shows Charles Ives in the context of his world in a number of revealing ways. Five new essays examine Ives's relationships to European music and to American music, politics, business, and landscape. J. Peter Burkholder shows Ives as a composer well versed in four distinctive musical traditions who blended them in his mature music. Leon Botstein explores the paradox of how, in the works of Ives and Mahler, musical modernism emerges from profoundly antimodern sensibilities. David Michael Hertz reveals unsuspected parallels between one of Ives's most famous pieces, the Concord Piano Sonata, and the piano sonatas of Liszt and Scriabin. Michael Broyles sheds new light on Ives's political orientation and on his career in the insurance business, and Mark Tucker shows the importance for Ives of his vacations in the Adirondacks and the representation of that landscape in his music.

The remainder of the book presents documents that illuminate Ives's personal life. A selection of some sixty letters to and from Ives and his family, edited and annotated by Tom C. Owens, is the first substantial collection of Ives correspondence to be published. Two sections of reviews and longer profiles published during his lifetime highlight the important stages in the reception of Ives's music, from his early works through the premieres of his most important compositions to his elevation as an almost mythic figure with a reputation among some critics as America's greatest composer.

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History
This book helps us to see why Charles Ives remains such a puzzle. The distinguished Ives scholar J. Peter Burkholder has assembled an insightful four-part study [that] . . . illuminate[s] the shifting history of Ives's place in American culture—and provide[s] therefore, important historical illuminations of its own.
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"This book helps us to see why Charles Ives remains such a puzzle. The distinguished Ives scholar J. Peter Burkholder has assembled an insightful four-part study [that] . . . illuminate[s] the shifting history of Ives's place in American culture—and provide[s] therefore, important historical illuminations of its own."—History
History

This book helps us to see why Charles Ives remains such a puzzle. The distinguished Ives scholar J. Peter Burkholder has assembled an insightful four-part study [that] . . . illuminate[s] the shifting history of Ives's place in American culture--and provide[s] therefore, important historical illuminations of its own.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691011639
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 8/5/1996
  • Series: Bard Music Festival Series
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Ives and the Four Musical Traditions 3
Innovation and Nostalgia: Ives, Mahler, and the Origins of Modernism 35
Ives's Concord Sonata and the Texture of Music 75
Charles Ives and the American Democratic Tradition 118
Of Men and Mountains: Ives in the Adirondacks 161
Selected Correspondence 1881-1954 199
Selected Reviews 1888-1951 273
Charles E. Ives 363
Charles E. Ives 368
Charles Ives: The Man and His Music (Excerpt) 373
An American Innovator, Charles Ives 377
Ives Today: His Vision and Challenge 390
Four Symphonies by Charles Ives 391
Tardy Recognition: Emergence of Charles Ives as Strongly Individual Figure in American Music 403
On Horseback to Heaven 408
Posterity Catches Up with Charles Ives 423
Charles Ives - America's Musical Prophet 430
Charles E. Ives: 1874-1954 433
Index 443
List of Contributors 454
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