Breaking Time's Arrow

Breaking Time's Arrow : Experiment and Expression in the Music of Charles Ives

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Charles Ives (1874-1954) moved traditional compositional practice in new directions by incorporating modern and innovative techniques with nostalgic borrowings of 19th century American popular music and Protestant hymns. Matthew McDonald argues that the influence of Emerson and Thoreau on Ives's compositional style freed the composer from ordinary ideas of time and chronology, allowing him to recuperate the past as he reached for the musical unknown. McDonald links this concept of the multi-temporal in Ives's works to Transcendentalist understandings of eternity. His approach to Ives opens new avenues for inquiry into the composer's eclectic and complex more

Product details

  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 165.1 x 241.3 x 25.4mm | 472g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 57 music exx., 5 b&w illus., 7 tables
  • 0253012732
  • 9780253012739
  • 2,033,889

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McDonald brings together analytic and personal factors to sharpen the image of the composer in convincing ways. . . . This book . . . deserves a close reading. The bibliography provides a select list of scores and recordings as well as articles, books, catalogues, and unpublished commentaries. This book is recommended for college and university libraries and for readers with a music theory background. * Music Reference Services Quarterly * Overall, McDonald's book is a useful contribution to Ives scholarship . . . the book lays a solid foundation for further investigations of temporality in Ives's music. * Journal of the Society for American Music * McDonald investigates both the temporal and spatial effects of multidirectional motion, as well as its ramifications for understanding some of the larger philosophical issues that are raised in Ives's music.May 2015 * Music & Letters * McDonald's work is always stimulating and never dull, consistently enriching the experience of the music. Ultimately, it also deepens our understanding of Ives the person, weaving together threads of art and biography. * Music Theory Spectrum *show more

About Matthew McDonald

Matthew McDonald is Associate Professor of Music at Northeastern more

Table of contents

PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroduction: Ives and TimePart I: Three Dualities1. God/Man: I Come to Thee and Psalm 142. Community/individual: Sonata No. 1 for Piano and String Quartet No. 23. Intuition/expression: "Nov. 2, 1920" and "Grantchester"Part II: Contexts and Methodologies4. Elements of Narrative: The Unanswered Question5. Ives and the Now: "The Things Our Fathers Loved"6. Cumulative Composition: Ives's Emerson MusicNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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