Charles Ives: A Life with Music

Host Bob Edwards talks with Jan Swafford, a composer and author of "Charles Ives: A Life with Music" about Ives' 1910 orchestral work "Decoration Day." Swafford says the piece was inspired by a visionary experience when Ives was a little boy. The composer was watching his father's band marching down the street on Decoration Day...the precursor of Memorial Day. In Ives' hometown of Danbury, Connecticut, the occassion was celebrated much like a New Orleans funeral...with a mournful tune to the cemetary, and a lively march on the return to town.



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