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Charles Ives : a life with music

Author: Jan Swafford
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This penetrating study illuminates the life and works of the enigmatic composer/insurance executive Charles Ives, whose experimental works profoundly influenced the course of American classical music in the twentieth century. In his rich and colorful biography, Jan Swafford, himself an established composer, looks at this towering, paradoxical figure and finds the consistencies lying beneath the protean surface.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Charles Ives; Charles Ives; Charles Ives
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Swafford
ISBN: 0393038939 9780393038934 0393317196 9780393317190
OCLC Number: 32625666
Description: xv, 525 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: At home --
The music of war --
A place in the soul --
An apprenticeship --
Farewell --
A college --
Dasher at Yale --
Renunciations and apprenticeships --
La Vita Nuova --
Measuring the prospect --
Entelechy --
That beautiful shore --
Tom sails away --
A fall and a credo --
Overtures --
The work of our hands --
Advances and retreats --
Distant bells --
Postlude
Responsibility: Jan Swafford.

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This penetrating study illuminates the life and works of the enigmatic composer/insurance executive Charles Ives, whose experimental works profoundly influenced the course of American classical music in the twentieth century. In his rich and colorful biography, Jan Swafford, himself an established composer, looks at this towering, paradoxical figure and finds the consistencies lying beneath the protean surface. Using what he calls an "Ivesian" approach, Swafford sees the music and the life as forming a single story; one that is firmly rooted in Ives's Yankee background.

Thus the book unfolds with a brief history of Ives's Connecticut hometown of Danbury, then describes Civil War band music, and finally draws a fascinating portrait of George Ives, Charles's remarkable father and musical mentor. We follow Ives to Yale and then to his early years in New York, as he becomes at once a composer of conventional church anthems, an unprecedented innovator in musical technique, and a rising insurance executive. After skillfully evoking the sights and sounds that influenced the composer and his music, Swafford weaves together Ives the businessman and Ives the musical explorer, always keeping the discussion of the works at a nontechnical level.

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