The Charles Ives Tunebook, Second Edition

The Charles Ives Tunebook, Second Edition

Clayton W. Henderson
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 07/02/2008
Format: Hardback 1 b&w illus, 634 music exx.
ISBN: 978-0-253-35090-9
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Since the celebration of his centennial in 1974, Charles Ives has become an iconic figure in the history of music; his name and compositions are widely recognized, and his influence has been felt throughout the world. One of the most striking features of Ives's music is his use of the borrowed melodies that pervade his scores. Ives drew extensively from a large historical repertoire, some of it little known today, including hymns, military and patriotic music, college and popular songs, instrumental music, and "classical" music models. By cataloging these sources and including musical examples of their incorporation into Ives's music, Clayton W. Henderson provides important insights into the composer's body of work.

Author Bio

A music historian and pianist, Clayton W. Henderson is Professor Emeritus of Music at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. He has written articles on Charles Ives, on American blackface minstrelsy, and is author of On the Banks of the Wabash: The Life and Music of Paul Dresser. He is currently writing a biography of Emma Wixom Nevada, a prominent American opera singer of the late nineteenth century.


“An important contribution to Ives scholarship as it offers an updated source presenting the actual music that Ives used in his compositions. —Gayle Sherwood Magee, University of Illinois, Urban”
 — Champaign

“Charles Ives has become an iconic figure in the history of music with compositions that are widely recognized, and an influence that has been felt throughout the world. This insightful book takes a look at Ives's inspirations and sources for borrowed melodies and includes musical examples of their incorporation into his work. ”

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Table of Contents



Part 1
1. Hymns
2. Patriotic Songs and Military Music
3. Popular Songs
4. College Music
5. Popular Instrumental Tunes
6. Classical Music

Part 2
7. Musical Models
8. Newly Identified and Unidentified Tunes
9. Compositions with Borrowings
10. Possible Borrowings
11. Musical Incipits
12. Editions of Music Used

Selected Bibliography
Composers, Arrangers, Authors, and Translators
First Lines and Refrains
Tunes by Name