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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 and The Celestial Railroad

Hawthorne and The Celestial Railroad

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Charles Ives's Concord

Kyle Gann

University of Illinois Press

Ives based his “Hawthorne” movement on various stiroes of Hawthorne’s, and one novel – The House of the Seven Gables – that he names, though with only a few hints of what musical passages link to what stories. Two other Ives pieces, the subsequent “The Celestial Railroad” (based on an eponymous Hawthorne story, a satire of John Bunyan’s Pilgrims’ Progress) and the scherzo of the Fourth Symphony, share material with the “Hawthorne” movement, and the parallels say much about the Concord Sonata’s philosophical underpinnings.

Keywords:   Nathaniel Hawhorne, “The Celestial Rail-Road”, Ives’s Fourth Symphony, John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

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