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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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Editions (1920 versus 1947) and Performance Questions

Editions (1920 versus 1947) and Performance Questions

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(p.345) 14 Editions (1920 versus 1947) and Performance Questions
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Charles Ives's Concord
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Kyle Gann

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040856.003.0014

In 1947 Ives finally managed to bring out a much-revised second edition of the Concord Sonata, and the changes reveal much about his compositional process and ability to self-criticize. Contrary to what has been asserted by Elliott Carter and others, Ives was not merely trying to modernize the piece, but to improve its notation and in many cases to add back in some of the complexity that had been too timidly omitted from the first edition. Some 42 recordings of the Concord are summarily discussed (it may be the most widely recorded modern piano work), along with Henry Brant’s orchestration of the piece, A Concord Symphony.

Keywords:   Henry Brant, John Kirkpatrick, Maynard Solomon, Elliott Carter, revision, renotation

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