Ives essays before a sonata

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“These prefatory essays were written by the composer for those who can’t stand his music — and the music for those who can’t stand his essays; to those who can’t stand either, the whole is respectfully dedicated.” (1920)Concord, Massachusetts lies but a few miles from where I live and work.

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As his Essays Before a Sonata makes clear, Ives regarded music as, to paraphrase Clauswitz, philosophy carried on by other means - not just any philosophy either, but the discursive style practiced by Emerson, Thoreau, and Carlyle.

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The roster of American composers, on the other hand, included the likes of John Knowles Paine, Horatio Parker, George Whitefield Chadwick, and Edward Mac Dowell – sed craftsmen who did credit to their European training but who failed to find a language that was either singularly American or singularly their own.

Essays Before A Sonata Charles IVES

Ives (1874-1954), subtitled “concord, Mass., 1840-60,” sprawls over four movements filled with gestures of tremendous complexity and density, and exhibits an unprecedented scope of ideas.


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