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Mad Music: Charles Ives, the Nostalgic Rebel by Stephen Budiansky (review)

Mad Music: Charles Ives, the Nostalgic Rebel by Stephen Budiansky (review) b oo K r e VIe WS Mad Music: Charles Ives, the Nostalgic Rebel. by Stephen budiansky. leba- non, NH: Foreedge, 2014. ISbN 978- 1- 61168- 399- 8. Cloth. Pp. 306. $40.00. Stephen budiansky’s Mad Music is an enlightening new biography of Charles Ives that proves relevant for both the serious scholar and nonspecialist reader. Since the appearance of Henry and Sidney Cowell’s 1955 biography of the com- poser, Ives’s story has undergone much revision at the hands of musicologists and historians. Perhaps the single most vexing point of discussion has been the nature of Ives’s “serious illness” of 1918, which most scholars argue forced him to cease composing new works by the early 1920s. most of Ives’s early biographers, including Frank rossiter, have accepted the explanation Ives himself typically offered when questioned about the change in his productivity: that he had suf- fered a heart attack. In his 1992 biography, Stuart Feder, a psychoanalyst who had access to Ives’s medical records, questioned the heart attack hypothesis and argued that Ives’s decline in compositional output was instead the result of a prolonged period of mourning over the death of his father some twenty- four years earlier. Gayle Sherwood magee http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

Mad Music: Charles Ives, the Nostalgic Rebel by Stephen Budiansky (review)

American Music , Volume 34 (3) – Nov 9, 2016

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University of Illinois Press
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1945-2349

Abstract

b oo K r e VIe WS Mad Music: Charles Ives, the Nostalgic Rebel. by Stephen budiansky. leba- non, NH: Foreedge, 2014. ISbN 978- 1- 61168- 399- 8. Cloth. Pp. 306. $40.00. Stephen budiansky’s Mad Music is an enlightening new biography of Charles Ives that proves relevant for both the serious scholar and nonspecialist reader. Since the appearance of Henry and Sidney Cowell’s 1955 biography of the com- poser, Ives’s story has undergone much revision at the hands of musicologists and historians. Perhaps the single most vexing point of discussion has been the nature of Ives’s “serious illness” of 1918, which most scholars argue forced him to cease composing new works by the early 1920s. most of Ives’s early biographers, including Frank rossiter, have accepted the explanation Ives himself typically offered when questioned about the change in his productivity: that he had suf- fered a heart attack. In his 1992 biography, Stuart Feder, a psychoanalyst who had access to Ives’s medical records, questioned the heart attack hypothesis and argued that Ives’s decline in compositional output was instead the result of a prolonged period of mourning over the death of his father some twenty- four years earlier. Gayle Sherwood magee

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Nov 9, 2016

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