The paradox of Charles Ives

“Viewed from just about any perspective, Charles Ives represents a tangle of paradoxes, and his reception has been consistently fraught. For many, he stands as the father of musical composition in the United States, yet he is by no means a frequently programmed composer today. In fact, readers of this review might know his name without ever having heard his music.”

Ives is one of the most astounding composers in history. But his music is not easy to listen to, and takes a while to get into.

via The paradox of Charles Ives | TLS.

2 thoughts on “The paradox of Charles Ives

  1. Ives is the greatest American composer, period. With Feldman a close second, along with Harry Partch, John Cage and perhaps 1-2 others. He gets performed more than Feldman in the US, I think, but that’s not saying much.

  2. Ives is the greatest American composer, period. With Feldman a close second, along with Harry Partch, John Cage and perhaps 1-2 others. He gets performed more than Feldman in the US, I think, but that’s not saying much.

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