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The Life of Charles Ives (Musical Lives) by Stuart Feder

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Published by Cambridge University Press .
Written in English


  • Biography: film, television & music,
  • Composers & musicians,
  • Music,
  • Biography / Autobiography,
  • USA,
  • Composers & Musicians - Classical Composers,
  • General,
  • Ives, Charles,--1874-1954,
  • Music / General

Book details:

The Physical Object
Number of Pages214
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL7747775M
ISBN 100521599318
ISBN 109780521599313

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 9, - Biography & Autobiography - pages 0 Reviews Charles Ives grew up in the nineteenth century and composed chiefly in the twentieth.   Unfortunately, Feder's ill-considered first volume (Charles Ives: 'My Father's Song') always will haunt his legacy, this second attempt arriving too late along the road to undo the damage Feder already had caused. Actually, it's not a bad book at all, though it is destined to remain in the shadows of his psycho-mumbo-jumbo forerunner, I'm by: "The life of Charles Ives spanned two centuries, as he grew up in the nineteenth and composed chiefly in the twentieth. His nostalgia for a simpler life in the New England country town of his youth is revealed in his frequent musical quotation of songs of that earlier time: parlor and patriot songs, hymns and gospel music. Ives received his earliest musical instruction from his father, who was a bandleader, music teacher, and acoustician who experimented with the sound of quarter tones. At 12 Charles played organ in a local church, and two years later his first composition was played by the town band. In or he composed “ Song for the Harvest Season,” in which the four parts—for voice, trumpet.

Ives's life-long impulse to break free of European musical models and to develop his personal means of self-expression -- thereby forging new musical paths for a distinctly American music as well -- parallels the pioneering spirit, cultural development and expanding perspective of the growing American nation. Charles Ives grew up determined to find that wild, heroic ride, that music of the ages--the spiritual power he felt in the singing at outdoor camp meetings and in bands marching during holidays. It would take many years of struggle and experiment, however, before he fully possessed the musical language to transform that spirit into orchestral. Charles Edward Ives (/ aɪ v z /; Octo – ) was an American modernist composer, one of the first American composers of international renown. His music was largely ignored during his early life, and many of his works went unperformed for many years. Later in life, the quality of his music was publicly recognized, and he came to be regarded as an "American original". Magee portrays Ives's life, career and posthumous legacy against the backdrop of his musical and social environments from the Gilded Age to the present. The book includes contemporary portraits of 1/5(1).

Ives' life () spanned two centuries; he grew up in the nineteenth and composed chiefly in the twentieth. His nostalgia for a simpler life in Our Stores Are Open Book Annex Membership Educators Gift Cards Stores & Events HelpPrice: $ Jan Swafford's colorful biography first unfolds in Ives's Connecticut hometown of Danbury, then follows Ives to Yale and on to his years in New York, where he began his double career as composer and insurance executive/5. Charles Ives Reconsidered re-examines a number of critical assumptions about the life and works of this significant American composer, drawing on many new sources to explore Ives's creative activities within broader historical, social, cultural, and musical perspectives.   Book. Publication Date. Abstract. This catalogue serves to describe the music manuscripts in the Charles Ives Papers, in the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library of Yale University. Published in Revised in Recommended Citation.