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From: Larry Austin (austin@unt.edu)
Date: Thu May 20 2004 - 11:44:22 EDT

Ives lives...

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> From: "James Sinclair" <jamessinclair@comcast.net>
> Date: May 19, 2004 9:18:42 PM CDT
> To: "\"James Sinclair\"" <jamessinclair@comcast.net>
> Subject:
> You may find the attached Word file easier to read.
> An Ives Newsletter - 19 May 2004
> Ives in Danbury
> On Wednesday afternoon, 19 May 2004, Danbury commemorated Ives at his
> Wooster Cemetery grave site, 50 years to the day after his death in
> 1954. Organized by Nancy Sudik, Executive Director of the Charles Ives
> Center for the Performing Arts (in Danbury), Danbury's Mayor Mark
> Boughton welcomed the gathering of about 30 (including visitors from
> Berlin, Budapest, and a number of US states). Ives scholar James
> Sinclair remarked on Ives's significance and read John Kirkpatrick's
> letter to Carl and Charlotte Ruggles in which Kirkpatrick describes in
> detail Ives's private funeral service (21 May 1954). Sudik read a
> passage from Memos and a trio of musicians anchored by Larry Deming on
> harmonium performed instrumentally the songs "Remembrance," "Slow
> March," and "At the River." The gathered group sang the hymn "Abide
> With Me" which was the sole hymn sung at Ives's funeral fifty years
> ago.
> Concord Classic
> The Library of Congress recently announced their second annual
> selection of 50 sound recordings that have been added to the National
> Recording Registry. John Kirkpatrick's landmark 1945 Concord recording
> (issued in 1948) is No. 27. The annotation (which may be seen in
> context at www.loc.gov/nrpb) reads: "John Kirkpatrick, eminent pianist
> and energetic promoter of American music, premiered Ives' "Concord"
> Sonata in 1939. His performance of the technically-demanding work
> earned enthusiastic reviews for both Ives and Kirkpatrick and led to
> Kirkpatrick's recording of the work. Now considered one of the most
> original of American composers, Ives' works changed the direction of
> American music.
> Ives in Berlin
> In the Los Angeles Times (Sunday, 4 Apr 04), Mark Swed writes, "Had
> [Charles Ives] been a Berliner, all of Germany--and probably the
> entire musical world--would regard this year, the 50th anniversary of
> his death, as a major occasion. Ives represents the soul of American
> music...Yet the anniversary is receiving surprisingly scant attention
> in the US, while to be in Berlin recently was to be in Ivesland." Swed
> reports on a recent "weeklong series of concerts and a two-day
> symposium" in Berlin, collectively titled Ives & Consequences.
> "Perhaps the biggest difference between the German and American
> approaches to Ives involves his relationship to the mainstream,"
> writes Swed, noting celebratory events this spring at the New York
> Philharmonic and the Juilliard School. The Berlin event "adamantly
> avoided the American mainstream...all of the American composers asked
> to speak at the symposium and featured in the concerts came from what
> the mainstream considers the fringe avant-garde." Swed praises the
> scholarly aspects of the festival, but opines that in German-dominated
> performances of Ives's music ranging from "incompetent" to "sincere
> but transcendental-less," the composer "didn't fare particularly
> well."
> Ives in "Symphony"
> In the forthcoming May/June issue of SYMPHONY, Kyle Gann considers the
> symphonies of Charles Ives.
> Ives in Houston
> Da Camera of Houston honored Charles Ives in the 50th anniversary of
> his death by bringing his String Quartet No.1 to audiences both in and
> out of the concert hall. As part of the Mirs Quartet's residency at Da
> Camera, they participated in an open lecture/discussion at the Menil
> Collection on Ives's compositional innovations, especially his uses of
> existing music. Led by Rice University professor Anthony K. Brandt,
> the discussion also included Da Camera Artistic Director Sarah
> Rothenberg, and Menil Collection Chief Curator, Matthew Drutt. The
> Mirs also performed at the Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation
> Center Family Day service, where they discussed the Ives and performed
> several of its source hymns before playing the first movement in its
> entirety. The Ives was a central part of the Mirs's subscription
> concert on March 2, 2004. The following night, they again performed
> movements of the Ives at a free concert at the Chinese Community
> Center.
> Correction!
> We must offer a correction to the information regarding the only web
> site for buying the Ives VHS video "A Good Dissonance Like a Man." The
> address is www.facets.org.

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