Essays Before a Sonata, the Majority and Other Writings

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1999 - 258 pages
Ives's second piano sonata, Concord, Mass., 1845, stands among the masterpieces of American music. The Essays Before a Sonata was conceived by Ives as a preface of sorts to the composition. Ives's musings also explore the nature of music, discuss the source of a composer's impulses and inspiration, and offer some biting comments on celebrated masters. The writings in this collection--now featuring a comprehensive index-allow readers entry into the brilliant mind that produced some of America's most innovative musical works.
 

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Contents

ONE Prologue
3
Two Emerson II
11
THREE Hawthorne
39
FOUR The Alcotts
45
ONE Some Quartertone Impressions
105
Two Postface to 114 Songs and Letter to the Sun
120
THREE Stand by the President and the People
134
SIX Letter to Franklin D Roosevelt and Memoranda
215
SEVEN A Peoples World Nation
225
EIGHT The Amount to Carry and Correspondence with
232
Notes
243
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