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The Story of the Concord Sonata, 1911–1947

Kyle Gann

in Charles Ives's Concord

Published by University of Illinois Press

Published in print May 2017 | ISBN: 9780252040856
Published online January 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780252099366 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5406/illinois/9780252040856.003.0001
The Story of the Concord Sonata, 1911–1947

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Ives first conceived the Concord Sonata while on vacation at Elk’s Lake in 1911, based in part on pieces he had already been working on. He claimed to have been able to play the piece by 1915, though it wasn’t written out in publishable form until 1919. After publication he came to regret having simplified the piece somewhat, and he continued tinkering with it until a second edition finally appeared in 1947. This extraordinarily long gestation period creates unusual textual problems for performers of the work.

Keywords: Charles Ives; Concord Sonata; John Kirkpatrick; insurance business; Joseph Hopkins Twichell; Mark Twain; Horatio Parker; Charles Wakefield Cadman; Percy Goetschius; Aaron Copland; Lou Harrison; Henry Cowell; George Gershwin; Henry Bellaman; Roy Harris; ultramodernism; neoromanticism; Mattijs Vermeulen; Kaikhosru Soranji; Lawrence Gilman

Chapter.  12968 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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