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Author Gann, Kyle, author.

Title Charles Ives's Concord : essays after a sonata / Kyle Gann.

Publication Info. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2017]


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 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    786.2183 Ives,C GAN    Available
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Description xiii, 438 pages : illustrations, music ; 25 cm.
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Series Music in American life
Music in American life.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 423-430) and index.
Summary 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.
Contents 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 $t "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 $t "Thoreau": The Essay -- ch. 11 "Thoreau": The Music -- ch. 12 A Harmony of Imperfections: The Epilogue -- ch. 13 $t The First Piano Sonata -- ch. 14 Editions (1920 versus 1947) and Performance Questions.
Subject Ives, Charles, 1874-1954. Sonatas, piano, no. 2.
Ives, Charles, 1874-1954. Essays before a sonata.
Ives, Charles, 1874-1954 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Other Form: Online version: Gann, Kyle. Charles Ives's Concord. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2017] 9780252099366 (DLC) 2016050438
ISBN 9780252040856 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)

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