Underneath the Dissonance Beat a Brahmsian Heart

Richard Taruskin

in The Danger of Music and Other Anti-Utopian Essays

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780520249776
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942790 | DOI:
Underneath the Dissonance Beat a Brahmsian Heart

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This chapter provides a biography of Charles Ives and his works as a musician. Charles Edward Ives was an American modernist composer. He was one of the first American composers of international renown, though Ives' music was largely ignored during his life, and many of his works went unperformed for many years. The Philharmonic's association with Ives dates from 1951, when Leonard Bernstein led the première of the Second Symphony, composed between 1897 and 1909. The time lag was typical for Ives, who withdrew from the musical profession in 1902, after the première of his very respectable cantata The Celestial Country at the Central Presbyterian Church in New York, where he had been working as organist and choirmaster. He traded this fairly high prestige job for a lowlier one as an actuary with the Mutual Insurance Company. By 1906 he and a partner, Julian Myrick, were in business for themselves, and soon Ives & Myrick became the most successful insurance company in America.

Keywords: Charles Ives; Leonard Bernstein; Philharmonic programs; spiritual message; The Celestial Country

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Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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