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Charles Ives in the MirrorAmerican Histories of an Iconic Composer$
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David C. Paul

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037498

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037498.001.0001

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Ives at Century’s Turn

Ives at Century’s Turn

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Charles Ives in the Mirror

David C. Paul

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines how Charles E. Ives has been affected by the transformations in American musicology over the last twenty-five years. It begins with a discussion of Maynard Solomon's accusation that Ives had engaged in a “systematic pattern of falsification” to safeguard his claims at the patent-house of musical modernism. It then considers how Solomon's criticisms served as the catalyst for an explosion of scholarly activity centered on Ives in the 1990s. In particular, it describes the approaches taken by musicologists to rebut Solomon, including those associated with “New Musicology.” It also explores the etiology of the myth that Ives was a patriarch of a lineage of composers known as the American Mavericks, along with the vicissitudes of Ives scholarship at the turn of the twentieth century.

Keywords:   musical modernism, Charles E. Ives, American music, musicology, Maynard Solomon, musicologists, New Musicology, composers, American Mavericks

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