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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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“The Alcotts”

“The Alcotts”

(p.210) 9 “The Alcotts”
Charles Ives's Concord

Kyle Gann

University of Illinois Press

Ives’s “Alcotts” movement is based on two figures, the popular novelist Louisa May Alcott and her grandiloquent but feckless philosopher father, Bronson Alcott. The music, ranging from idyllic to tempestuous, leaves ambiguities as to which figure is being referred to. The middle section refers to 19th-century American parlor-style music, and the ending is the most complete and triumphant statement of the “Human Faith” theme.

Keywords:   Louisa May Alcott, Bronson Alcott, Orchard House, Concord, Mass, Sam Staples, Little Women

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