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    Charles Ives Reconsidered - Gayle Sherwood Magee
    Call Number: ML 410 .I94 M34 2008
    ISBN: 9780252033261
    Publication Date: 2008-06-18
    Charles Ives Reconsidered re-examines a number of critical assumptions about the life and works of this significant American composer, drawing on many sources to explore Ive's creative activities within broader historical, social, cultural, and musical perspectives.

    Gail Sherwood Magee offers the first large-scale rethinking of Ives's musical development based on the controversial revised chronology of his music. Using as a guide Ives's own dictum that "the fabric of existence weaves itself whole," Charles Ives Reconsidered offers several new paths to understanding all of Ives's music as the integrated and cohesive work of a controversial composer who was very much a product of his time and place.

    Gayle Sherwood Magee portrays Ives's life, career, and posthumous legacy against the backdrop of his musical and social environments from the Gilded Age to the present. The book includes contemporaneous portraits of the composer, his peers, and his teachers, as seen through archival materials, published reviews, and both historical and modern critical assessments.

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    Mad Music: Charles Ives, The Nostalgic Rebel - Stephen Budiansky
    Call Number: ML 410 .I94 B85 2014
    ISBN: 9781611683998
    Publication Date: 2014-04-01
    Mad Music is the story of Charles Edward Ives, the innovative American composer who achieved international recognition, but only after he'd stopped making music. While many of his best works received little attention in his lifetime, Ives is now appreciated as perhaps the most important American composer of the twentieth century and father of the diverse lines of Aaron Copland and John Cage.

    Ives was also a famously wealthy crank who made millions in the insurance business and tried hard to establish a reputation as a crusty New Englander. To Stephen Budiansky, Ives's life story is a personification of America emerging as a world power: confident and successful, yet unsure of the role of art and culture in a modernizing nation. Though Ives steadfastly remained an outsider in many ways, his life and times inform us of subjects beyond music, including the mystic movement, progressive anti-capitalism, and the initial hesitancy of turn-of-the-century-America modernist intellectuals.

    Deeply researched and elegantly written, this accessible biography tells a uniquely American story of a hidden genius, disparaged as a dilettante, who would shape the history of music in a profound way. Making use of newly published letters and previously undiscovered archival sources bearing on the longstanding mystery of Ives's health and creative decline, this absorbing volume provides a definitive look at the life and times of a true American original.

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