Charles Ives: A Life With Music by Jan SwaffordCharles Ives: A Life With Music by Jan Swafford

Charles Ives: A Life With Music

byJan Swafford

Paperback | January 6, 1998

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Jan Swafford's colorful biography first unfolds in Ives's Connecticut hometown of Danbury, then follows Ives to Yale and on to his years in New York, where he began his double career as composer and insurance executive. The Charles Ives that emerges from Swafford's story is a precocious, well-trained musician, a brilliant if mercurial thinker about art and life, and an experimenter in the spirit of Edison and the Wright brothers.
Title:Charles Ives: A Life With MusicFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:January 6, 1998Publisher:WW Norton

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393317196

ISBN - 13:9780393317190


From Our Editors

"Sensitive, specific, gracefully worded and remarkably clearheaded" ("Washington Post Book World"), this illuminating portrait of composer Charles Ives reveals a man whose innovative works profoundly influenced the course of twentieth-century American classical music. A "New York Times" Notable Book. Photos.

Editorial Reviews

First-rate. . . . Thoughtful, witty, instructive, this is one of the best biographies in recent memory, as warm and strangely inspiring as the man and the music it describes. — NewsweekStarred Review. A superb writer. . . . [Swafford has] brought the old curmudgeon . . . to vivid life, at once a comic and a tragic figure and in terms of his significance in American artistic life, on the level of Twain or Whitman. — Publishers Weekly