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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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A Harmony of ImperfectionsThe Epilogue

A Harmony of ImperfectionsThe Epilogue

(p.269) 12 A Harmony of ImperfectionsThe Epilogue
Charles Ives's Concord

Kyle Gann

University of Illinois Press

The final chapter of Essays Before a Sonata is a grand speculation on what separates the greatest, most indelible music (such as Bach and Beethoven) from music that is merely clever and competent. Our own essay examines, for the first time in the literature, Ives’s indebtedness to Ruskin, Tolstoy, and Hegel, and holds up to scrutiny his idea that the value of music depends on the intensity of the artist’s experience in making it; that “what music sounds like may not be what it is.”

Keywords:   Claude Debussy, John Ruskin, Leo Tolstoy, Hegel, aesthetics, beauty

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