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IVES, C.: Songs, Vol. 2

Composer(s):Ives, Charles
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal
Catalogue 8.559270
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By David Denton,Naxos,July 2008

It would surely have delighted the unconventional Charles Ives to find that Naxos is presenting his songs in nothing more high-brow than alphabetical order.Throughout his musical life he rejected orthodoxy, an attitude he had inherited from his father, a local bandmaster, who together with his young son had embarked on some zany musical experiments. Yet initially the young man had shown an aptitude to become a conventional composer, following his studies at Yale University with Horatio Parker. But it was the more practical aspects of earning a living that took him into the insurance business, where he was to prove extremely successful, and as a weekend composer he could return to his liberated musical world where performance and publication were no longer his objective. It was this



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