“So What Do You Think about Ives?”
In this postscript, the author offers some thoughts about what Charles E. Ives has meant to him, and more specifically, why he decided to write a book about his reception. In particular, he reflects on the question “So what do you think about Ives?” that was first asked by an attendee at a meeting of the Pacific-Southwest chapter of the American Musicological Society. He also talks about how Ives left a strong impression on him while he was a student at the University of British Columbia, where he wrote a dissertation titled “Converging Paths to the Canon: Charles Ives, Gustav Mahler, and American Culture.” Furthermore, he explains how the narratives and methodologies of intellectual history can illuminate, and be illuminated by, Ives's reception history. The author concludes by citing Stanley Fish's concept of “interpretive communities” and suggesting that the scholarly community of musicologists is suffering from a dwindling constituency.
Keywords: reception, Charles E. Ives, American Musicological Society, University of British Columbia, intellectual history, Stanley Fish, interpretive communities, musicologists, Gustav Mahler, American culture
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