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Charles Ives

Charles Ives

"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."

--Charles Ives


Photo by Halley Erskine, courtesy of

The Ives 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.

The Charles Ives Society