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IVES: Variations on America / Old Home Days / The Alcotts

Composer(s):Ives, Charles
Artist(s) Foley, Timothy W., Conductor • President's Own United States Marine Band, The, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Catalogue 8.570559
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
 
 
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Charles Ives, like his elder contemporary John Philip Sousa, was born and raised amid military quicksteps and medleys of patriotic songs. Both became skilled professional musicians in their early teens, yet while Sousa held steadfastly to the regularity of America’s military pulse, Ives began to blaze the trail toward a uniquely American music. Beginning with the remarkable Variations on ‘America’, described by Ives as “but a boy’s work, partly serious and partly in fun”, all of the works heard on this disc are to a greater or lesser degree transcriptions or adaptations for the modern American concert band.


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Review By David Denton,Naxos,October 2007

You are not about to make some earth shattering discovery of long lost works by Charles Ives, the contents of the disc being arrangements of his music for modern American concert bands. 'Transcribed by William E Rhoads from William Schuman's orchestration of E.Power Biggs edition of Ives's variations for organ' is just one example of how far we have here travelled from an Ives original. But don't let me put a dampener on the disc for having borrowed bits and pieces from such symphonic works as Four New England Holidays and Three Places in New England, and then tinkered by the linking of different works, we arrive at an enjoyable band concert that has more than a whiff of Ives about it. The Marine band are an excellent outfit who know how to swagger through marches and to put over

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