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The music of American modernist composer Charles Ives

Duration: 02:57

Charles Ives was the first great modernist composer in the United States. Making a living as a life insurance salesman, he composed some of the most innovative music to emerge from the New World in the early 20th century. New Yorker music critic Alex Ross and leading composer John Adams discuss his music, while his masterpiece 'Concord Sonata' is performed by Timothy Andres.

Available since: Thu 7 Feb 2013


Charles Ives

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The Sound and the Fury: A Century of Music Wrecking Ball

1/3 How the early 20th century saw a fragmented, abstract, discordant sound come to the fore.

First broadcast: 12 Feb 2013

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