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Charles Ives remembered : an oral history

Author: Vivian Perlis
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 1974.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Charles Ives was an extraordinary personality as well as a brilliant composer and insurance genius. The publication of this unique work, based on Ives's manuscripts and papers from the Charles Ives Collection in the Yale Music Library and on extensive interviews with people from all aspects of his multifaceted life, coincides with the centenary of Ives's birth. Integrating all this material into a highly readable  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Charles Ives; Charles Ives; Charles Ives
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Vivian Perlis
ISBN: 0300017588 9780300017588
OCLC Number: 1075419
Description: xviii, 237 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: Youth and Yale years. Amelia Van Wyck ; Ely Ryder ; Philip Sunderland ; Lewis Bronson ; Charles Farr ; Harold A. Hatch --
Insurance. Julian Southall Myrick ; W. Eugene Smith ; Watson Washburn ; William S. Verplanck ; Kathryn Verplanck ; John S. Thompson ; George Hofmann ; Peter M. Fraser ; Mrs. Samuel Berneri ; Charles J. Buesing --
Family, friends, and neighbors. Brewster Ives ; Bigelow Ives ; Chester Ives ; Richard Ives ; Arthur Hall ; T. Findlay MacKenzie ; Barbara MacKenzie ; Will and Luemily Ryder ; Debby Hall Meeker ; Mrs. Burton Twichell ; Gertrude Sanford ; James Thomas Flexner ; George Grayson Tyler ; Charles Ives Tyler ; Charles Kauffman ; Anthony J. ("Babe") LaPine ; William A. Grey ; Carrie Blackwell ; Mrs. Rodman S. Valentine ; Clara Sipprell --
Music. Mrs. Artur Nikoloric ; Monique Schmitz Leduc ; Elliott Carter ; Charles Seeger ; Nicolas Slonimsky ; Bernard Herrmann ; Jerome Moross ; Arthur Berger ; Lucille Fletcher Wallop ; Darius Milhaud ; Dane Rudhyar ; Carl Ruggles ; Evelyn (Mrs. John J.) Becker ; George F. Roberts ; Mary Bell ; Lehman Engel ; Lou Harrison ; Goddard Lieberson ; Mary Shipman Howard ; Louis Untermeyer ; John Kirkpatrick.
Responsibility: by Vivian Perlis.

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Charles Ives was an extraordinary personality as well as a brilliant composer and insurance genius. The publication of this unique work, based on Ives's manuscripts and papers from the Charles Ives Collection in the Yale Music Library and on extensive interviews with people from all aspects of his multifaceted life, coincides with the centenary of Ives's birth. Integrating all this material into a highly readable narrative, Vivian Perlis has woven a vivid portrait of a fascinating man. An unconventional man, Ives did not choose ordinary friends and associates, as illustrated by the people interviewed for this book. They range from elderly Danbury residents, who remember Ives as a boy, to insurance executives, who describe his innovations in the life insurance business. Members of the Ives family reminisce about "Uncle Charlie's" vigorous and athletic youth, and his classmates from Yale ('98) recall the early musical accomplishments of his college years. A complete picture of Ives the composer is provided by numerous composers and performers who worked with Ives during his lifetime. The anecdotes recounted by Ives's friends and neighbors--and even his barber--bring Charles Ives to life for the reader. In addition to fifty-eight edited interviews, each prefaced with an introduction by Mrs. Perlis, the book includes over eighty illustrations, many of them reproduced here for the first time--unique photographs of Ives and his family and associates, original music manuscripts, rare programs of per-formances of Ives's works, and handwritten letters both to and from Ives. These combine to form an in-depth picture of one of the most original and creative minds of the twentieth century [Publisher description]

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