Jeremy Denk has in interesting article about Charles Ives in the New York Review of Books. Disguised as a review of a new biography of the composer – Mad Music: Charles Ives, the Nostalgic Rebel, by Stephen Budiansky (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) – Denk addresses much of the criticism of Ives’ music. In particular, he points […]
“Viewed from just about any perspective, Charles Ives represents a tangle of paradoxes, and his reception has been consistently fraught. For many, he stands as the father of musical composition in the United States, yet he is by no means a frequently programmed composer today. In fact, readers of this review might know his name without ever having heard his music.”
Ives is one of the most astounding composers in history. But his music is not easy to listen to, and takes a while to get into.