Gann has lived with the Concord his whole life, and now all that love and experience has produced lucid exegesis. Perhaps the impulse remark of some famous man whose name we forget that he "loved music but hated musicians," might be followed with some good results at least part of the time. The truth and courage of this organist, who risks his job, to fight the prejudice of the congregation, offset the repose and large salary of a more celebrated choirmaster, who holds his job by lowering his ideals, who is willing to let the organ smirk under an insipid, easy-sounding barcarolle for the offertory, who is willing to please the sentimental ears of the Essays before a sonata ives committee and its wives --who is more willing to observe these forms of politeness than to stand up for a stronger and deeper music of simple devotion, and for a service of a spiritual unity, the kind of thing that Mr.
The former seems to be almost wholly "substance" and the latter "manner. When particularly hysterical he shouts, "I have found him! But something blocks our theory!
It is practically indescribable. He is more contented with a "homely burden" and is more assured of "the broad margin to his life; he sits in his sunny doorway For manner has brought forth its usual talent;--for manner cannot discover the genius who has discarded platitudes--the genius who has devised a new and surpassing order for mankind, simple and intricate enough, abstract and definite enough, locally impractical and universally practical enough, to wipe out the need for further discoveries of "talent" and incidentally the discoverer's own fortune and political "manner.
It was taught by a composer and included lessons and ruminations on religion, history, and all forms of art.
Adjustment of the blocking software in early has resulted in some "false positives" -- that is, blocks that should not have occurred.
It is of the underlying spirit, the direct unrestricted imprint of one soul on another, a portrait, not a photograph of the personality--it is the ideal part that would be caught in this canvas. I am also for the--ten commandments" his intuitive political sagacity keeps him from mentioning any particular one.
He should never fear of being called a high-brow--but not the kind in Prof. The book is vast but each and every paragraph is valuable.
Coherence, to a certain extent, must bear some relation to the listener's subconscious perspective. Again, this over-influence by and over-insistence upon "manner" may finally lead some to believe "that manner for manner's sake is a basis of music. The individual usually "gains" if he is willing to but lean on "manner.
Project Gutenberg believes the Court has no jurisdiction over the matter, but until the issue is resolved during appeal, it will comply. These feelings were fought against for association's sake, and because of gratitude for bygone pleasures--but the former beauty and nobility were not there, and in their place stood irritating intervals of descending fourths and fifths.
If he had put it this way, he would have been tiresome, inartistic, but perhaps truer. Or in the same state of mind you'll be in when you look down and see the sexton keeping your tombstone up to date.
Debussy's attitude toward Nature seems to have a kind of sensual sensuousness underlying it, while Thoreau's is a kind of spiritual sensuousness. He is not insane.
All, men-bards with a divine spark, and bards without, feel the need at times of an inspiration from without, "the breath of another soul to stir our inner flame," especially when we are in pursuit of a part of that "utmost musical beauty," that we are capable of understanding--when we are breathlessly running to catch a glimpse of that unforeseen grandeur of Mr.
It is something akin to, but something more than these predominant partial tones of Hawthorne--"the grand old countenance of Homer; the decrepit form, but vivid face of Aesop; the dark presence of Dante; the wild Ariosto; Rabelais' smile of deep-wrought mirth; the profound, pathetic humor of Cervantes; the all-glorious Shakespeare; Spenser, meet guest for allegoric structure; the severe divinity of Milton; and Bunyan, molded of humblest clay, but instinct with celestial fire.Charles Ives's Concord: Essays after a Sonata By Kyle Gann.
Errata: Page The composer's name was Charles-Valentin Alkan, not Charles-Marie.
I had included only last names in the text; the editor added first names, got this one wrong, and I didn't catch it. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. A collection of Ives' most polished and complete writings -- except for technical work for insurance agents.
The "Essays" help put the Sonata in context -- I'm not sure if Ives has any unique insight into the NE transcendentalists, but his love for them is contagious.4/5.
And if there shall be a program for our music let it follow his thought on an autumn day of Indian summer at Walden--a s. Ives wrote the following essays as a (very big) set of program notes to accompany his second piano sonata.
Here, he puts forth his elaborate theory of music and what it represents, and discusses Transcendental philosophy and its relation to music.
In the introduction to his Essays Before a Sonata (published immediately before the Concord Sonata) Ives said the work was his "impression of the spirit of transcendentalism that is associated in the minds of many with Concord, Massachusetts of over a half century ago.Download