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Charles Ives's Concord : essays after a sonata

Author: Kyle Gann
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2017] ©2017
Series: Music in American life.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1921, insurance executive Charles Ives sent out copies of a piano sonata to two hundred strangers. Laden with dissonant chords, complex rhythm, and a seemingly chaotic structure, the so-called Concord Sonata confounded the recipients, as did the accompanying book, Essays before a Sonata. Kyle Gann merges exhaustive research with his own experience as a composer to reveal the Concord Sonata and the essays in  Read more...
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Named Person: Charles Ives; Charles Ives; Charles Ives; Charles Ives; Charles Ives; Charles Ives
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kyle Gann
ISBN: 9780252040856 0252040856
OCLC Number: 1011682093
Notes: Index.
Description: xiii, 438 pages : illustrations, musique ; 25 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 The Story of the Concord Sonata, 1911 --
1947 --
ch. 2 The Programmatic Argument and Henry Sturt --
ch. 3 The Human Faith Theme and the Whole-Tone Hypothesis --
ch. 4 "Emerson": The Essay --
ch. 5 "Emerson": The Music --
ch. 6 The "Emerson" Concerto and Its Offshoots --
ch. 7 Hawthorne and The Celestial Railroad --
ch. 8 "Hawthorne" --
ch. 9 "The Alcotts" --
ch. 10 "Thoreau": The Essay --
ch. 11 "Thoreau": The Music --
ch. 12 A Harmony of Imperfections: The Epilogue --
ch. 13 The First Piano Sonata --
ch. 14 Editions (1920 versus 1947) and Performance Questions.
Series Title: Music in American life.
Responsibility: Kyle Gann.

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"In 1921, insurance executive Charles Ives sent out copies of a piano sonata to two hundred strangers. Laden with dissonant chords, complex rhythm, and a seemingly chaotic structure, the so-called Concord Sonata confounded the recipients, as did the accompanying book, Essays before a Sonata. Kyle Gann merges exhaustive research with his own experience as a composer to reveal the Concord Sonata and the essays in full. Diffracting the twinned works into their essential aspects, Gann lays out the historical context that produced Ives's masterpiece and illuminates the arguments Ives himself explored in the Essays. Gann also provides a movement-by-movement analysis of the work's harmonic structure and compositional technique; connects the sonata to Ives works that share parts of its material; and compares the 1921 version of the Concord with its 1947 revision to reveal important aspects of Ives's creative process. A tour de force of critical, theoretical, and historical thought, Charles Ives's Concord provides nothing less than the first comprehensive consideration of a work at the heart of twentieth century American music."--Jaquette.

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