The Extraordinary Music of Mr. Ives by Joanne Stanbridge
The True Story of a Famous American Composer

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When the Lusitania was attacked in 1915, the American composer and New Yorker Charles Ives transformed the experience of this heartbreaking news into a musical piece. It begins with a jumble of traffic noises, then the hurdy-gurdy swells into the lovely old hymn “In the Sweet Bye-and-Bye.” In lyrical text and watercolors—sometimes in dramatic wordless spreads—this thoughtful picture book reveals not only a wartime tragedy, but a composer’s conviction that everyday music can convey profound emotion—and help heal a city. Young readers will understand that if they listen, music can be heard in the unlikeliest of places, from the busy chatter of a market to the wail of a fire engine.


About Joanne Stanbridge

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Bernice Gold grew up in Montreal near the Museum of Fine Art. Her father had a great passion for books and the family had a large collection--about 15,000--that lined the house. Early on, Bernice was drawn to anthropology and sociology, and she went on to study them at McGill University. In later years she began to play music in amateur groups. This passion led to a recent degree in music from Concordia University. Bernice did not begin writing until she was married and had had five children. At this time she also began a part-time job as a freelance broadcaster for the CBC. Bernice still lives in Montreal, with her husband. Joanne Stanbridge was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She has been writing stories as long as she can remember and always liked to draw, but it was not until she was in her thirties that she began to paint. Working as a children's librarian and loving children's literature, it was not long before she was painting pictures to go with her favorite stories. Joanne has recently moved to Kingston, 0ntario, after working for more than ten years at the Westmount Public Library in Montreal. She is now the urban branch liaison librarian at the Kingston-Frontenac Public Library.
Published October 28, 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography, Travel, Children's Books.

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Stanbridge tells her young readers that as listeners came to know Ives’ music and as composers took inspiration from Ives’ ideas, the line of succession grew, all the way to John Adams’ 2002 concert, On the Transmigration of Souls, composed to remember the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, f...

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This startling biography of Charles Ives centers on a historical tragedy and its impact on the composer, whose work was unappreciated during his lifetime.

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City Book Review

He hears traffic sounds, people talking, trains running, boat whistles, and lots of other sounds most people don’t pay any attention to, and he incorporates all those sounds into his music.

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