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Charles Ives, better known as an insurance executive in his time, wrote innovative symphonies incorporating American folk and hymn tunes.
August 15, 2013 Charles Ives biographer Jan Swafford traces the life of the New England insurance executive who forever transformed the American symphony. Ives's father, a Civil War bandmaster, said any harmony — however radical — was fine. "Nobody," Swafford writes, "had ever told a young composer that before."
Amy Beach, with her 1896 "Gaelic" Symphony, was among America's early symphonic composers.
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July 15, 2013 Joseph Horowitz, author of Classical Music in America, guides a tour through the American symphony in its formative years — from early knockoffs of European pieces to the resolutely homegrown sound of Charles Ives.
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 march as raucous as two parades colliding. See a performance of Charles Ives' "Putnam's Camp" from Three Places in New England. It's a giddy fantasy about a small-town Fourth of July.
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.
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August 24, 2012 The week in classical music news from Pasadena to Berlin.
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 The Nashville Symphony Orchestra brings a wonderfully weird program to Carnegie Hall, including the New York premiere of a new electric violin concerto by Terry Riley, with soloist Tracy Silverman.
Composer Henry Brant took 36 years to transform the "Concord" sonata by Charles Ives into a full-fledged symphony.
May 12, 2011 The maverick American composer spent 43 years perfecting his Piano Sonata; it took another non-conformist American, Henry Brant, another 36 years to transform it into a symphony. Hear an excerpt.
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Conductor Carlos Kalmar leads the Oregon Symphony in music inspired by war.
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May 12, 2011 Hear the orchestra perform works possessed with the turbulent spirit of war, including music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten, Charles Ives and John Adams.
Tim Munro of eighth blackbird became enamored with Charles Ives' bizzare soundscape.
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September 14, 2010 The flutist from the ensemble eighth blackbird recalls the odd and powerful sounds of Charles Ives he discovered in a grade school music class. It would lead him to a world of contemporary composers whose music Munro proudly calls "my rock 'n' roll."
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September 10, 2008 From Boston's New England Conservatory, an 18-year-old pianist plays Chopin, a teen string quartet performs Beethoven and renowned violinist Hilary Hahn collaborates with young musicians who are just about the age she was when her concert career took off.
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