By Ms. Vivian Perlis, Ms. Libby Van Cleve
The 1st many years of the 20 th century have been a fertile and interesting interval in American musical heritage. This e-book and the 2 CDs that accompany it current a very good choice of interviews with and concerning the most vital musical figures of the period. Tapping the remarkable fabrics inside the Oral heritage American song archive at Yale collage, Composers’ Voices from Ives to Ellington is a distinct account of what it was once like for musicians and composers to dwell and paintings in these years. it's also the tale of the making of the archive, as advised by way of Vivian Perlis, who in my view performed a few of the interviews.Music aficionados can now pay attention Eubie Blake describe the start of ragtime or hearken to a firsthand account of the way Ira Gershwin got here to put in writing these recognized traces in “Let’s name the whole lot Off.” In-depth interviews with such figures as Henry Cowell, Virgil Thomson, Aaron Copland, and Duke Ellington are integrated within the ebook, which additionally gains bankruptcy introductions and interesting sidebars, illustrations, and anecdotes all through. CDs whole the set, allowing today’s listener to benefit from the remarkablen adventure of listening to the particular voices and the tune of yankee composers of the early 20th century.
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Extra info for Composers' Voices from Ives to Ellington: An Oral History of American Music
That I 22 Introducing the Century would have been something, wouldn’t it? But it didn’t happen. Stokie did the [Ives] Fourth Symphony. He’s done all my music. Then Ives was so sick, you know, he never ate anything. I was there when he threw the Browning Overture. He didn’t like it. ” he said. ” And he took it and threw it clear across the dining room to the floor. I got up, went over to get that score back, see? I said, “What I hear—such phrases, such magnificent music as that. ” That was the episode.
4 Between the two coasts was the vast Mid- and Southwest, much of it rural farmland, still without running water and electricity. While the arrival of the new century was cause for hope, it was 4 Introducing the Century tempered by natural disasters, such as tornadoes, earthquakes, and influenza. Cities such as Chicago and Kansas City, however, were experiencing dynamic growth and affluence. Each locale had its own musicians and unique musical imprint. From the turn of the century to about 1920, a ragtime craze gripped the country.
He is universally recognized as a central figure bridging the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Since the earliest publications on Ives, his life and works have been examined, dissected, discussed, and published more than those of any other concert composer in American music history. What has changed most in Ives studies is the desire to understand more about the man and his music, not only his experimentation, but the totality of his work, including traditional nineteenth century–style music, which demonstrate Ives’s melodic gifts and his mastery of the craft of composing.
Composers' Voices from Ives to Ellington: An Oral History of American Music by Ms. Vivian Perlis, Ms. Libby Van Cleve