Charles Ives's <i>Four Ragtime Dances</i> and “True American Music”

Charles Hiroshi Garrett

in Struggling to Define a Nation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780520254862
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942820 | DOI:
Charles Ives's Four Ragtime Dances and “True American Music”

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This chapter discusses Charles Ives and his relationship to ragtime, which was the leading popular music at the beginning of the twentieth century. Ives is a composer who was at the center of the canon of American music, and in his Four Ragtime Dances, he bargains the tensions between European and American music. The chapter shows that his early experiments with ragtime represent one of his initial attempts to create a distinctly American music. It also tries to explain what ragtime represents, and identifies the type/s of music Ives believed to best represent America.

Keywords: ragtime; Charles Ives; American music; Four Ragtime Dances

Chapter.  11719 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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