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CHARLES IVES  

(1874 - 1954)

The American composer Charles Ives learned a great deal from his bandmaster father, not least a love of the music of Bach. At the same time he was exposed to a variety of very American musical influences, later reflected in his own idiosyncratic compositions. Ives was educated at Yale and made a career in insurance, reserving his activities as a composer for his leisure hours. Ironically, by the time that his music had begun to arouse interest, his own inspiration and energy as a composer had waned, so that for the last thirty years of his life he wrote little, while his reputation grew.

Orchestral Music

The symphonies of Ives include music essentially American in inspiration and adventurous in structure and texture, collages of Americana, expressed in a musical idiom that makes use of complex polytonality (the use of more than one key or tonality at the same time) and rhythm. The Third Symphony, for small orchestra, reflects much of Ives’s own background, carrying the explanatory title ‘The Camp Meeting’ and movement titles ‘Old Folks Gatherin’’, ‘Children’s Day’ and ‘Communion’. The Fourth Symphony includes a number of hymns and gospel songs, and his so-called First Orchestral Set, otherwise known as ‘A New England Symphony’, depicts three places in New England.

Chamber Music

The first of the two string quartets of Ives has the characteristic title ‘From the Salvation Army’ and is based on earlier organ compositions, while the fourth of his four violin sonatas is titled ‘Children’s Day at the Camp Meeting’.

Keyboard Music

Much of the earlier organ music written by Ives during his student years, when he served as organist in a number of churches, found its way into later compositions. The second of his two piano sonatas, ‘Concord, Mass. 1840–60’, has the characteristic movement titles ‘Emerson’, ‘Hawthorne’, ‘The Alcotts’ and ‘Thoreau’, a very American literary celebration.

Vocal and Choral Music

Ives wrote a number of psalm settings, part-songs and verse settings for unison voices and orchestra. In his many solo songs he set verses ranging from Shakespeare, Goethe and Heine to Whitman and Kipling, with a number of texts of his own creation. Relatively well-known songs by Ives include ‘Shall We Gather at the River’, ‘The Cage’ and ‘The Side Show’.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
AMERICAN SPIRIT (The): Roots and Transformations Naxos 8.505233
SCHUMAN Symphonies Naxos 8.505228

View by Role: Classical Composer | Lyricist
Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
20TH CENTURY COMPOSITIONS - ORFF, C. / RACHMANINOV, S. / RAVEL, M. / REGER, M. / STRAUSS, R. / STRAVINSKY, I. / RESPIGHI, O. / PROKOFIEV, S. Capriccio
C49007
Orchestral
AMERICAN CHORAL MUSIC Naxos
8.559299
Choral - Sacred
AMERICAN CLASSICS SAMPLER Naxos
8.559118
Orchestral
AMERICAN SALUTE (AN) - SPIRIT OF THE NATION Naxos
8.559147
Orchestral
Artist Profile Series - VAN RAAT, Ralph Naxos
8.578026
Choral - Sacred
BARBER, S.: Capricorn Concerto / Serenade, Op. 1 / FOOTE, A.: Air and Gavotte / Suite in E Major (Banfalvi) Capriccio
C10505
Orchestral
BLACKWOOD, Easley: Radical Piano Cedille
CDR90000-027
Instrumental
Chamber Music (Saxophone Quartet) - IVES, C. / HIGDON, J. / STURM, F. / TORKE, M. / BIXLER, D. / MACY, C. (Short Stories) (Ancia Saxophone Quartet) Naxos
8.559616
Chamber Music
Choral Concert: Columbia University Teachers College Concert Choir - RÓZSA, M. / WILSON, H.R. / IVES, C. (Contemporary Choral Music) (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81208
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS BY THE BAY (San Francisco Symphony Chorus, George) Delos
DE3238
Choral - Sacred
COPLAND / DALLAPICCOLA / CARTER / IVES: Variations for Orchestra First Edition
FECD-0001
Orchestral
Discover Music of the Twentieth Century Naxos Educational
8.558168-69
Orchestral
EXPLORE AMERICA Naxos
8.559187
Orchestral
GILBERT, H.F. / COPLAND / IVES / COWELL: 4 American Landscapes / JOIO: New York Profiles (1947-1949) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80185
Orchestral
IVES, C.: 3 Places in New England / SIBELIUS, J.: Symphony No. 4 (Boston Symphony, Tilson Thomas) (NTSC) ICA Classics
ICAD5111
Classical Concert
IVES, C.: Holidays Symphony (excerpts) / The General Slocum / Overture in G Minor (Malmo Symphony, Sinclair) Naxos
8.559370
Orchestral
IVES, C.: Songs, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.559269
Vocal, Vocal Ensemble, Vocal
IVES, C.: Songs, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.559270
Vocal
IVES, C.: Songs, Vol. 3 Naxos
8.559271
Vocal
IVES, C.: Songs, Vol. 4 Naxos
8.559272
Vocal
IVES, C.: Songs, Vol. 6 Naxos
8.559274
Vocal, Vocal Ensemble, Vocal
IVES, C.: String Quartets Nos. 1, "From the Salvation Army" and 2 (Juilliard String Quartet) Newton Classics
NC8802197
Chamber Music
IVES, C.: Symphony No. 3 / DONOVAN, R.F.: Suite (Baltimore Little Symphony, Stewart) (1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81103
Orchestral
IVES, C.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-4 (Druian) (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80242
Chamber Music
IVES: Orchestral Sets Nos. 1-3 (Sinclair) Naxos
8.559353
Orchestral
IVES: Piano Sonata No. 2 / COPLAND: Piano Sonata Cedille
CDR90000-005
Instrumental
IVES: Piano Sonata No. 2 / The Celestial Railroad Naxos
8.559127
Instrumental
IVES: Piano Sonata No. 2 / The Celestial Railroad Naxos
8.559221
Instrumental
IVES: Piano Sonata No. 2 / The Celestial Railroad Naxos
8.559127
Instrumental
IVES: Piano Sonata No. 2 / The Celestial Railroad Naxos
8.559221
Instrumental
IVES: Piano Sonata No. 2 / The Celestial Railroad Naxos
8.559127
Instrumental
IVES: Piano Sonata No. 2 / The Celestial Railroad Naxos
8.559221
Instrumental
IVES: Piano Sonata No. 2 / The Celestial Railroad Naxos
8.559127
Instrumental
IVES: Piano Sonata No. 2 / The Celestial Railroad Naxos
8.559221
Instrumental
IVES: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 Naxos
8.559178
Chamber Music
IVES: Symphony No. 1 / Emerson Concerto Naxos
8.559175
Orchestral
IVES: Symphony No. 2 / Robert Browning Overture Naxos
8.559076
Orchestral
IVES: Symphony No. 3 / Washington's Birthday Naxos
8.559087
Orchestral
IVES: Three Quarter-Tone Pieces / Five Take-Offs / Hallowe'en / Sunrise Naxos
8.559194
Vocal, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Vocal, Instrumental
IVES: Variations on America / Old Home Days / The Alcotts Naxos
8.570559
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
IVES: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-4 Naxos
8.559119
Chamber Music
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Piano Trio in D Major / IVES, C.: Piano Trio (Pacific Art Trio) Delos
DE1009
Chamber Music
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102073
Classical Documentary
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century, Vol. 5: The American Way (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102041
Classical Documentary
MACKEY: Redline Tango / MOWER: Flute Concerto / PANN: Slalom Naxos
8.570074
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Orchestral Concert - IVES, C. / ADAMS, J. / STRAVINSKY, I. / DVORAK, A. (From the New World) (Nelsons) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
713504
Classical Concert
Orchestral Concert - IVES, C. / ADAMS, J. / STRAVINSKY, I. / DVORAK, A. (From the New World) (Nelsons) (NTSC) C Major
713408
Classical Concert
Orchestral Music - IVES, C. / PERSICHETTI, V. / HARRIS, R. / BACON, E. / GOULD, M. / McKAY, G.F. / TUROK, P. (Lincoln Portraits) (Slatkin) Naxos
8.559373-74
Vocal
Orchestral Music (American) - SCHUMAN, W. / TOMLINSON, C. / IVES, C. / HOVHANESS, A. / PISTON, W. (An American Tapestry) (Dallas Symphony, Litton) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90224
Orchestral
ORGAN MUSIC FROM THE USA BIS
BIS-CD-510
Instrumental
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The) Altissimo
75442261012
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The), Vol. 7 Altissimo
75442262002
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The), Vol. 9 Altissimo
75442262022
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Charles Ives's America Altissimo
75442260862
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Great Marches Not by John Philip Sousa, Vol. 2 Altissimo
75442255882
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Live in Concert Altissimo
75442270512
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Symphonies of Wind Instruments Altissimo
75442260992
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Quartettsatze (Quartet Movements) - WOLF, H. / PUCCINI, G. / ORFF, C. / IVES, C. / RIHM, W. / SCHUBERT, F. / WEBERN, A. (Signum Quartet) Capriccio
C5064
Chamber Music
REVOLUTION DER KLANGE (DIE): Musik im 20. Jahrhundert (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102072
Classical Documentary
SCHUMAN, W.: Symphony No. 8 / Night Journey / IVES, C.: Variations on America (orch. W. Schuman) (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Naxos
8.559651
Orchestral
SCHUMAN, W.: Violin Concerto / New England Triptych (Quint, Bournemouth Symphony, Serebrier) Naxos
8.559083
Orchestral
SCHWANTNER, J.: Consortium I / In aeternum / IVES, C.: Largo for Violin, Clarinet and Piano / DAVIDOVSKY, M.: Synchronisms No. 3 (Boston Musica Viva) Delos
DE1011
Chamber Music
SONGS OF THE ROMANTIC AGE Cedille
CDR90000-019
Vocal
STORY OF AMERICAN CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558164-65
Orchestral
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE GOLDEN WEST: American Celebration (An) Altissimo
75442260332
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE HERITAGE OF AMERICA BAND: Sketches Altissimo
75442261772
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE RESERVE BAND: American Hero Altissimo
75442270132
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE TACTICAL AIR COMMAND BAND: We The People Altissimo
75442270542
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD BAND: Always Ready Altissimo
75442255702
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD BAND: Americana Altissimo
75442260832
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES COAST GUART BAND: Greatest Hits Altissimo
75442259882
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
WOUD: Serenade / BOURGEOIS: Fantasia on the Hexachord BIS
BIS-CD-884
Chamber Music
Role: Lyricist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
CHRISTMAS BY THE BAY (San Francisco Symphony Chorus, George) Delos
DE3238
Choral - Sacred
IVES, C.: Songs, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.559269
Vocal
IVES, C.: Songs, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.559270
Vocal
IVES, C.: Songs, Vol. 3 Naxos
8.559271
Vocal
IVES, C.: Songs, Vol. 4 Naxos
8.559272
Vocal
IVES, C.: Songs, Vol. 6 Naxos
8.559274
Vocal, Vocal Ensemble
IVES: Three Quarter-Tone Pieces / Five Take-Offs / Hallowe'en / Sunrise Naxos
8.559194
Vocal
SONGS OF THE ROMANTIC AGE Cedille
CDR90000-019
Vocal




 
 
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