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Charles Ives Remembered AN ORAL HISTORY by Vivian Perlis

Charles Ives Remembered AN ORAL HISTORY

Part of the Music in American Life Series


Charles Ives Remembered AN ORAL HISTORY by Vivian Perlis

Interweaving photographs, concert programs, scores, and drawings with the texts of more than fifty interviews with family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues, Charles Ives Remembered is a vivid memory portrait of an enigmatic American composer, told in the voices of the people who knew him best. Charles Ives (1874-1954) was publicly an insurance executive but privately a composer whose eccentric works and paradoxical life would intrigue, perplex, and inspire generations to come after him. Moving from Ives's childhood and years at Yale to his business and musical careers, the memories and reflections assembled in this Kinkeldey Award-winning volume provide a multifaceted and humanizing view of an American musical icon.


REVIEWS Charles Ives Remembered: An Oral History found a wide and enthusiastic audience when it appeared in 1974, and was awarded the Kinkeldey Prize of the American Musicological Society. Thanks to the University of Illinois Press, it is now back in print and accessible to a new generation of readers as well as its original fans. Over the intervening years, the book has become recognized as a classic of its kind, and the current reprinting will surely not be the last. --Chamber Music ADVANCE PRAISE In the twenty-first century, Ives's stature as America's most profound visionary composer continues to grow. It is so important to again have access to these essential sources which allow us to understand him as a man and as a part of our nation's cultural history. -- Michael Tilson Thomas, music director of the San Francisco Symphony and artistic director and Founder of the New World Symphony A marvelously orchestrated portrait of this utterly singular American. -- The New York Times

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Publication date

24th July 2002


Vivian Perlis

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University of Illinois Press


264 pages


Oral history
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