Charles Edward Ives


20.10.1874, Danbury - 19.5.1954, New York

"There can be nothing exclusive about substantial art. It comes directly out of the heart of the experience of life and thinking about life and living life"
Charles E. Ives

At the centre of Charles Ives's piano works are his piano sonatas. His Sonata No. 2 ""Concord, Mass. 1840-1860") from the years 1916-1919. But also his monumental 1st Sonata (1915-1916) and the eccentric "Three-Page Sonata" (1910-1911) are extraordinary solo works for piano. In piano chamber music, four violin sonatas, three pieces for piano quintet and above all the piano trio represent Ives' uncompromising musical thinking. Numerous other smaller piano works are evidence for his lifelong creative exploration of the piano.

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"But maybe music was not intended to satisfy the curious definiteness of man. Maybe it is better to hope that music may always be a transcendental language in the most extravagant sense."
Charles E. Ives

Piano Sonata No.2, "Concord, Mass., 1840-1860" (1916-1919)
Stephen Drury, piano; Jessi Rosinski, Flute

Three-Page Sonata (1910-1911, rev. ca. 1925-1926)
Steffen Schleiermacher, piano

Study No.22 (1909)
Donald Berman, piano

Three Quarter-Tone Pieces for 2 pianos (1923-1924)
No.1 Largo: youtube_ives_quartertonepieces_1
No. 2 Allegro: youtube_quartertonepieces_2
No.3: Chorale: youtube_ives_quartertone_pieces_3
Alexei Lubimov & Pierre-Laurent Aimar, piano


Ives plays Ives - The complete recordings of Charles Ives at the piano

These recordings are extraordinary sound documents including all existing piano recordings by Ives himself!
This album was published by "Anthology of Records, Inc." (2006)

Trio for violin, piano, and violoncello (1904/1911)
1. Moderato: mp3Ivestrio1.mp3
2. Presto (TSIAJ): Ivestrio_2.mp3
3. Moderato con moto: mp3Ivestrio_3a.mp3

Trio Animæ: Tomas Dratva, piano; Jean-Christophe Gawrysiak, violin; Dieter Hilpert, violoncello
Recording: Bulle, Switzerland, 1997; this recording was published for the music label Cascavelle and is sold out.

„Majority“ (1921)
Robert Gardner, baritone; Eric Trudel, piano

„Songs my daughter taught me“
Mary Phillips, mezzo-soprano. J.J. Penna, piano


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Charles E. Ives: composer of the week No. 23 / September 2018


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