|ORCHESTRA: The Forgotten Rite; Mai Dun; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.|
|CHAMBER MUSIC: Fantasy; Sonata in D- Minor (for violin and piano); Trio; Sonata in A-Minor (for violin and piano); Sonata for 'Cello and Piano.|
|Songs, piano pieces, etc.|
About John Ireland:
Holbrooke Josef. Contemporary British Composers.
Chesterian 11:133March 1930; Gamut 2:24 July-August 1929; Musical Opinion 45:953 August 1922.
Important recordings of music by John Ireland:
COLUMBIA: Sonata for 'Cello and Piano.
"When the history of American music is finally written, one of the most brilliant names in its pages will be that of Charles Ives. It will stand forth not only as a sign of a great composer, but as a living and lasting symbol of a great man."--JOHN J. BECKER
CHARLES IVES was born in Danbury, a small town in Connecticut, on October 20, 1874. His father, a very fine musician who conducted the town band, started his son at an early age upon thoro courses in general musical appreciation, sight reading, harmony, counterpoint and instrumentation, and encouraged in him a sincere interest in and knowledge of all the best in musical literature. Besides this instruction, Charles received a musical training by listening to performances of native music of the town, heard in its charming environment, performed by the village band, the town violinist and the church harmonium. Thus, as in the case of Alois Hába, small-town music unconsciously was responsible for a composer's later radical experiments with music. The band rarely played together; the village violinist was always out-of- tune; and the harmonium at the church was painfully off-pitch. All these elements were assimilated by the young, sensitive musician who realized that these characteristics were to be found in all the music heard in small towns thruout America. Thus, in later life--in attempting to give expression to the American village and hamlet--Ives built up a radical musical system which included all of these amazing characteristics.
After his father's death, Ives studied music under Dudley Buck and Rowe Shelley, completing his studies at Yale under Horatio Parker. For a while, he served as an organist at Danbury. Upon graduation from Yale in 1898, Ives entered business in New York City as a clerk with the Mutual Life Insurance Company, until 1906 when the insurance firm of Ives and Myrick was formed. Until 1930, he remained the senior member of the firm--music all this while being only an avocation. He was finally forced to resign due to ill-health.