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Charles Ives Remembered

An Oral History

By (author) Vivian Perlis
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven, United States
Published: 21st Nov 1974
Dimensions: w 170mm h 250mm
ISBN-10: 0300017588
ISBN-13: 9780300017588
Barcode No: 9780300017588

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What a fine idea, and so well done, to assemble a 56-voiced oral memoir of our great eccentric, composer Charles Ives (1874-1954). His body of work was enormous, most of it unplayed in his lifetime. An insurance genius, he usually subsidized performances of his difficult compositions but did not always attend the concerts. And refusing to own a radio or phonograph, he rarely heard his works indirectly either. Instead, he published at his own expense, sent mss. to the world's libraries. But many of Ives' indigestibly confused original notations are now being attempted by leading orchestras (he often had a palimpsest of alternate notes studding his lines, to allow great freedom for performers and conductors). Very late in life he won the Pulitzer. Elliot Carter, otherwise obviously in love with the old man, takes him to task for over-quotation from folk and choral sources, but Ives in his huge enthusiasm to create transcendentally grand impressions of American life does not appear to have been overly demonized by personal expression. Many of the voices taped for this book are those of very old folks indeed (up to 102 years), and all remember Charlie with deepest affection. The many illustrations help bring the rich, warm, crochety, excitable old gent altogether alive. Wonderful! (Kirkus Reviews)