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IVES: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2

Composer(s)Ives, Charles
Artist(s) Blair Quartet, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.559178
Label / Series Naxos / American Classics
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Charles Ives, a New Englander by birth and character, began composing at the age of eleven, although after deciding that he would never make a living with his music he pursued a successful career in insurance. He was trained by his father George, a bandleader, who encouraged him to experiment with the unconventional techniques that were to become his signature, such as polytonality, microtones and spatial performance. Ives’s two string quartets are as unalike in origin as they are in content. The First Quartet uses his beloved revival and gospel hymns as musical sources, and its energy and originality provide an early example of Ives’s highly original creative powers. The highly complex Second String Quartet was born of a typical Ives rage against what he perceived as the

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IVES: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 50:19   
  String Quartet No. 1, "From the Salvation Army"          
      I. Chorale: Andante con moto 5:02       
      II. Prelude: Allegro 5:54       
      III. Offertory: Adagio cantabile 5:35       
      IV. Postlude: Allegro marziale 5:16       
  Scherzo 1:42       
  String Quartet No. 2          
      I. Discussions: Andante moderato - Andante con spirito - Adagio molto 10:08       
      II. Arguments: Allegro con spirito 4:53       
      III. The Call of the Mountains: Adagio – Andante – Adagio 11:49       
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