Charles Ives and His World

Charles Ives and His World

by J. Burkholder (Editor)


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691011639
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 08/25/1996
Series: The Bard Music Festival , #51
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 7.75(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

J. Peter Burkholder is Professor of Music and Associate Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University. He is the author or editor of three other books on Ives and is president of the Charles Ives Society.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Ives and the Four Musical Traditions3
Innovation and Nostalgia: Ives, Mahler, and the Origins of Modernism35
Ives's Concord Sonata and the Texture of Music75
Charles Ives and the American Democratic Tradition118
Of Men and Mountains: Ives in the Adirondacks161
Selected Correspondence 1881-1954199
Selected Reviews 1888-1951273
Charles E. Ives363
Charles E. Ives368
Charles Ives: The Man and His Music (Excerpt)373
An American Innovator, Charles Ives377
Ives Today: His Vision and Challenge390
Four Symphonies by Charles Ives391
Tardy Recognition: Emergence of Charles Ives as Strongly Individual Figure in American Music403
On Horseback to Heaven408
Posterity Catches Up with Charles Ives423
Charles Ives - America's Musical Prophet430
Charles E. Ives: 1874-1954433
List of Contributors454

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