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Charles Ives

Charles Ives artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

Concerts

The Nashville Symphony with Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero (center) during Spring For Music at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, New York on May 12, 2012.

May 12, 2012 A wonderfully weird Carnegie Hall program features Terry Riley's new concerto for electric violin.

Conductor Carlos Kalmar leads the Oregon Symphony in music inspired by war.

May 12, 2011 Hear the orchestra perform works possessed with the turbulent spirit of war.

Studio Sessions

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September 10, 2008 Young musicians join guest violinist Hilary Hahn in performances of Schubert and Dvorak.

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Discover Songs

Tim Munro of eighth blackbird

September 14, 2010 The flutist from eighth blackbird recalls the powerful, modern music he discovered in ninth grade.

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News

He'd better start looking to his left: Singer and pianist Michael Feinstein, who has never conducted an orchestra, is the new principal conductor of the Pasadena Pops.

August 24, 2012 The week in classical music news from Pasadena to Berlin.

Reviews

Composer Henry Brant took 36 years to transform the "Concord" sonata by Charles Ives into a full-fledged symphony.

May 12, 2011 The maverick composer spent 43 years on his sonata; it took Henry Brant 36 years to orchestrate it.

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More Stories

Charles Ives, better known as an insurance executive in his time, wrote innovative symphonies incorporating American folk and hymn tunes.

August 15, 2013 Follow the story of insurance executive Charles Ives, who forever changed American music.

Amy Beach, with her 1896 "Gaelic" Symphony, was among America's early symphonic composers.

July 15, 2013 Historian Joseph Horowitz guides a tour through the American symphony in its formative years.

Fridays are funnier with a cartoon at noon.

July 5, 2013 Fridays are funnier with a cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

"Putnam's Camp," by Charles Ives, depicts a small town Fourth of July fantasy.

March 13, 2013 The son of a Civil War bandmaster wrote a Fourth of July march as raucous as colliding parades.

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June 10, 2008 Visit the sights and sounds of America through the music of some of its greatest composers.

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