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Author Gann, Kyle, author.

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

Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2017]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  786.2183 IVES/GANN    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 438 pages : illustrations, music ; 25 cm.
Series Music in American life.
Music in American life.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 397-430) and index.
Contents Chapter 1 Story of the Concord Sonata, 1911-1947 1 -- Chapter 2 Programmatic Argument and Henry Sturt 27 -- Chapter 3 Human Faith Theme and the Whole-Tone Hypothesis 40 -- Chapter 4 "Emerson": The Essay 57 -- Chapter 5 "Emerson": The Music 74 -- Chapter 6 "Emerson" Concerto and Its Offshoots 111 -- Chapter 7 Hawthorne and The Celestial Railroad 135 -- Chapter 8 "Hawthorne" 157 -- Chapter 9 "The Alcotts" 210 -- Chapter 10 "Thoreau": The Essay 230 -- Chapter 11 "Thoreau": The Music 242 -- Chapter 12 A Harmony of Imperfections: The Epilogue 269 -- Chapter 13 First Piano Sonata 300 -- Chapter 14 Editions (1920 versus 1947) and Performance Questions 345.
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.
Subject Ives, Charles, 1874-1954. Sonatas, no. 2, piano.
Ives, Charles, 1874-1954. Essays before a sonata.
Ives, Charles, 1874-1954 -- Criticism and interpretation.
ISBN 9780252040856 (hardcover ;) (alkaline paper)
0252040856 (hardcover ;) (alkaline paper)
9780252099366 (electronic book)