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Charles Ives's ConcordEssays after a Sonata$
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Kyle Gann

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040856

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040856.001.0001

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“Hawthorne”

“Hawthorne”

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(p.157) 8 “Hawthorne”
Source:
Charles Ives's Concord
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Kyle Gann

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040856.003.0008

Ives’s “Hawthorne” movement is a complicated essay in moment form – a kind of collage of discontinuous and fairly static musical moments. Being inspired by a story about a train, it runs on ostinatos (repeating bass figures). For decades Kirkpatrick’s analysis of the movement in seven parts has prevailed, but a more detailed approach recognizes ten distinct sections: one imitating a brass band, another evoking the pilgrim’s in Hawthorne’s story, and others showing Ives’s idiosyncratic conception of ragtime.

Keywords:   Nathaniel Hawthorne, John Kirkpatrick, ostinato, moment form, ragtime

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