Essays Before a Sonata, The Majority, and Other Writings

Charles Ives (Author)

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Ives's second piano sonata, Concord, Mass., 1845, stands among the masterpieces of American music.

The Essays Before a Sonata was conceived by Ives as a preface of sorts to the composition. Ives's musings also explore the nature of music, discuss the source of a composer's impulses and inspiration, and offer some biting comments on celebrated masters. The writings in this collection—now featuring a comprehensive index-allow readers entry into the brilliant mind that produced some of America's most innovative musical works.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • January 1999
  • ISBN 978-0-393-31830-2
  • 5.5 × 8.2 in / 284 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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