Essays Before a Sonata, The Majority, and Other Writings by Charles Ives

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Ives's second piano sonata, Concord, Mass., 1845, stands among the masterpieces of American music.

The Essays Before a Sonata was conceived by Ives as a preface of sorts to the composition. Ives's musings also explore the nature of music, discuss the source of a composer's impulses and inspiration, and offer some biting comments on celebrated masters. The writings in this collection—now featuring a comprehensive index-allow readers entry into the brilliant mind that produced some of America's most innovative musical works.

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Tom C. Owens is Associate Professor of Music at George Mason University.
Published May 1, 1970 by W. W. Norton & Company. 258 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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