Hawthorne and The Celestial Railroad

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:
Hawthorne and The Celestial Railroad

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Ives based his “Hawthorne” movement on various stiroes of Hawthorne’s, and one novel – The House of the Seven Gables – that he names, though with only a few hints of what musical passages link to what stories. Two other Ives pieces, the subsequent “The Celestial Railroad” (based on an eponymous Hawthorne story, a satire of John Bunyan’s Pilgrims’ Progress) and the scherzo of the Fourth Symphony, share material with the “Hawthorne” movement, and the parallels say much about the Concord Sonata’s philosophical underpinnings.

Keywords: Nathaniel Hawhorne; “The Celestial Rail-Road”; Ives’s Fourth Symphony; John Bunyan; Pilgrim’s Progress; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Chapter.  9037 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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