Started by Joe Barron, September 15, 2008, 05:19:09 PM
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Quote from: edward on August 04, 2014, 09:42:56 AMI think in re: Carter's view of Ives, it's very difficult to know exactly how to regard his published utterances.Clearly he had a very ambivalent relationship with Ives' music, but Carter's late period suggests some kind of reconciliation (for example the second Figment, "Remembering Mr. Ives", or the post-Unanswered Question trumpet writing in Adagio tenebroso.There's a curious parallel here with John Adams' view of Carter's music. Once openly contemptuous of it (perhaps protesting too much?), more recently he's conducted Carter's Variations for Orchestra alongside his own works.
Quote from: Ken B on August 05, 2014, 08:37:24 AMCase 1. Ives writes innovative music, is ignored, but persists.Case 2. Ives writes fairly conventional music with a few oddities, is ignored, fakes changes retroactively to anticipate the innovations of others and claim them for himself.
Quote from: Cato on August 05, 2014, 02:38:42 PM??And so, let's start being specific with evidence: which innovation by another composer has Ives "faked," in which composition does it appear, and when did he "fake" it? For such a claim, one would need at the least to examine the various manuscripts involved for variations in penmanship, and test the ink(s) used along with the music paper. Check the article I cited earlier.And again, I will emphasize that even if Ives did go back to an early composition to insert a technique by somebody else, why is that fakery? Where and when did Ives claim a proprietary interest in e.g. quarter-tone techniques, or tone-clusters, or whatever?Henry Cowell e.g. invented the term "tone clusters," and as far as I know Ives never sued him for using the technique and never claimed to have invented the term.
Quote from: EigenUser on August 05, 2014, 04:03:26 PMI do know that he did this with the loud cluster-chord ending of the 2nd symphony, which he added later....but, who cares when he added what? It's great music!
Quote from: Ken B on August 05, 2014, 05:51:28 PMHave you lost the thread of conditionals Cato?Cato: quotation from AS full of praise for Ives about indifference to fame and great innovationMe: yeah but that praise is based on tales of originality that some say are faked
Quote from: EigenUser on August 05, 2014, 04:03:26 PM...but, who cares when he added what? It's great music!(I'm not a really big fan of Ives, but I definitely do like him reasonably well.)
Quote from: Velimir on August 05, 2014, 05:53:16 PMYeah exactly. I don't see the point of this argument. Unless he plagiarized chunks of music from other composers, who cares?
Quote from: Ken B on August 03, 2014, 11:09:56 AMI just finished the whole thread. I might be the only member of GMG to feel this way, but I kinda like Josquin des Prez (the GMG one.)
Quote from: amw on August 05, 2014, 07:59:38 PMYou also like the music of Michael Nyman so that's no surprise. I look forward to your inevitable pronouncements of the dryness of water and coldness of the sun in due course. I don't think Ives's innovations have anything to do with quarter-tones, or dissonances or rhythmic inventions, regardless of at what point in the compositional process they were added; but rather new conceptions of form and structure (e.g. the two piano sonatas), juxtaposition of genres and high/low art, and a new approach to orchestration—all three of which are based upon principles of layering, piling material on top of or within a basic structure. This is similar to the procedures of Mahler and Debussy among others but unlike them Ives made no attempt to integrate his materials into any kind of personal language. Scraps of ragtime and popular song rub shoulders with thick, dissonant textures that act like a heightened version of Lisztian bravura and a vein of spiritual "purity" along the lines of Dvorak and MacDowell (in their more pastoral moments), along with Ives's own love of pitting many lines of incompatible counterpoint against one another. This can make his music problematic—there are a number of miscalculations in his larger works which reduce their effectiveness IMO—but exciting when done well, as the lines come together into a larger conception of the whole, etc, etc.Ives is one of my hobby-horses to some extent... along with Enescu and Skalkottas and Medtner... (I cannot yet call myself a Myaskovsky fan as my knowledge currently measures only about 0.3 vandermolens...) but it's hard for me to explain what appeals to me about his music in language that's clear and comprehensible, for whatever reason. Suggest Kyle Gann's book on the Concord Sonata, when it comes out. That'll probably be easier to understand than anything I could say.
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