The Extraordinary Music of Mr. Ives: The True Story of a Famous American Composer (Hardcover)

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Charles Ives wrote his music relating to the sounds all around him, but it was rarely played in public until after his death. Sensitive illustrations (5-8).

— From Biography

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When the Lusitania was attacked in 1915, the American composer and New Yorker Charles Ives transformed the experience of this heartbreaking news into a musical piece. It begins with a jumble of traffic noises, then the hurdy-gurdy swells into the lovely old hymn In the Sweet Bye-and-Bye. In lyrical text and watercolors sometimes in dramatic wordless spreads this thoughtful picture book reveals not only a wartime tragedy, but a composer's conviction that everyday music can convey profound emotion and help heal a city. Young readers will understand that if they listen, music can be heard in the unlikeliest of places, from the busy chatter of a market to the wail of a fire engine.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780547238661
ISBN-10: 0547238665
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: October 9th, 2012
Pages: 32
Language: English