Ives: Violin and Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 – 4

Charles Ives has pursued what is perhaps one of the most extraordinary and paradoxical careers in the history of American music. Businessman at day and composer at night, Ives sought after a highly personalised expression through the most innovative and radical technical means possible.

His fascination for bi-tonal forms, polyrhythms, popular music and military marches was nurtured by his father’s fanfares, whom Ives later recognised as his primary creative influence.

Rarely played, the works of Ives are captivating as much as the expertise of the form is huge, and even more endearing that they comprise unexpected times of delicious, childlike naivete.

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Track Listing

Ives: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 # 1914
[1] I. Andante – Allegro vivace
[2] II. Largo cantabile
[3] III. Allegro

Ives: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 # 1917, rev. 1919
[4] I. Autumn : Adagio maestoso – Allegro moderato
[5] II. In the Barn : Presto – Allegro moderato
[6] III. The Revival : Largo – Allegretto

Ives: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 # 1914
[7] I. Verse I (Adagio) – Verse II (Andante) – Verse III (Allegretto) – Refrain (Adagio)
[8] II. Allegro
[9] III. Adagio (Cantabile) – Andante con spirito

Ives: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 4 # 1916
« Children’s Day at the Camp Meeting »
[10] I. Allegro
[11] II. Largo – Allegro (Con slugarocko)
[12] III. Allegro