"The fabric of existence
weaves itself whole. You cannot set ar art off in the corner and
hope for it to have vitality, reality, and substance."
Photo by Halley
Erskine, courtesy of
Collection, Yale University Music Library
Ezra Pound once wrote that literature is
"news that stays news." The same may be said of Charles Ives's music. Though
not newly written (Ives died in 1954) many of his works were not performed
in his lifetime, and are only now receiving the editorial care required
for informed performance.
It is hard to imagine the music of such diverse composers as Elliott Carter,
John Cage, even John Adams, without the benefit of Ives's questing spirit.
His music will remain ever challenging, ever new.