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Ives: Concord Sonata
Piano Sonata No. 2

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  • Date Published: November 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521496568

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  • Charles Ives' massive Concord Sonata, his second sonata for piano, named after the town of Concord in Massachusetts, is central to his output and clearly reflects his aesthetic perspective. Geoffrey Block's wide-ranging account of the work thus provides an ideal introduction to this fascinating composer. This handbook discusses the Sonata's reception history and its compositional genesis, as well as providing a detailed account of the work's thematic content, its use of borrowed material, and the degree to which the program is influenced by the Concord Transcendentalists.

    • A comprehensive study of one of Charles Ives's most important large-scale works, the Concord Sonata for piano
    • Provides a complete history of borrowed musical material (eg. quotes from Beethoven, Wagner, Debussy)
    • Takes a new approach to the ideas behind the work, presenting Ives's vision of four Concord Transcendentalists (Emerson, Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bronson Alcott)
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521496568
    • length: 128 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • contains: 1 table 31 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Reception
    3. Genesis
    4. Form and design
    5. Borrowing
    6. The programme.

  • Author

    Geoffrey Block, University of Puget Sound, Washington

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