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In this sweeping survey of intellectual and musical history, David C. Paul tells the new story of how the music of American composer Charles Ives (1874-1954) was shaped by shifting conceptions of American identity within and outside of musical culture. Paul focuses on the critics, composers, performers, and scholars whose contributions were most influential in shaping the critical discourse on Ives, many of them marquee names of American musical culture themselves, including Henry Cowell, Aaron Copland, Elliott Carter, and Leonard Bernstein. Paul explores both how Ives positioned his music amid changing philosophical and aesthetic currents and how others interpreted his contributions to American music. Although Ives's initial efforts to find a public in the early twenties attracted a few devotees, the resurgence of interest in the American literary past during the thirties made a concert staple of his Concord Sonata, a work dedicated to nineteenth-century transcendentalist writers.
  • ISBN13: 9780252037498
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Pubilcation Year: 2013
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 00288
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FormatHardcover
SeriesMusic in American Life (Hardcover)
Publication DateApril 11, 2013
Pages288

Charles Ives in the Mirror: American Histories of an Iconic Composer

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