Yale University Library

 

OHAM: John Kirkpatrick on Ives

OHAM Info

CBS Records

Ives Project

 

John Kirkpatrick

with Vivian Perlis and Leroy Parkins

466 Orange Street

New Haven, CT

February 6, 1970

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Cassette Side a:                                                                                            pp. 1-16

Contacting Ives about the Concord Sonata--studying music in Paris--studying Classics at Princeton--years of correspondence with Ives--patrons of Mr. and Mrs. Perkins--work with Aaron Copland--playing “Emerson” for George Antheil--responses to “Emerson”--Emerson lecture on the New England reformers--dates of composition of the Concord Sonata--working on the piano part of the Fourth Symphony--working copy with metrical interpretations of “Emerson.”

Cassette Side b:                                                                                           pp. 16-25

Meeting Ives--transcendentalism--Scriabin Society--Henry Cowell and the Iveses--more on first meeting with the Iveses--impressions of Ives--Ives playing “The Anti-Abolitionist Riots,” further development of the Concord material--Ives’ personality--Ives composing--relationship to Cage’s music--Central Park in the Dark--Concord--songs--exposure to contemporary European composers--1918 heart attack, patriotism, pacifism, effect of World War I--argument with Franklin Roosevelt as precipitating his heart attack--sending money against the deficit--helping other composers--Ives’ health--Ives’ wife--Ives’ love of nature--Eve.

Cassette Side c:                                                                                            pp. 29-43

Kirkpatrick’s work on Ives’ songs--Ives’ temper--program of Ives music with Myna Heger [sp?]--Ives growing up, George Ives--business vs. music--father’s lack of financial success--Ives’ idealism--Ives funeral--Harmony’s funeral--organizing Ives manuscripts--Helen Boatwright--Evening--Ives’ attitude towards money--Ives as “involuntary spokesman for the 20th century in music”--more on organizing Ives’ manuscripts--lost clarinet trio--bequest of material to Yale--Concord Sonata--performing the Concord Sonata: playing from memory, tempo--Bernard Herrmann--Ives’ cessation of composition.

Cassette Side d:                                                                                           pp. 43-56

Ives’ work habits--church going--politics--Ives’ influence on Kirkpatrick--Emerson--Ives’ prose writing--Ives and his view of other composers--Chester Ives--Ives family--Ives and baseball--New River--Ives memos--recordings of the Concord Sonata.

Cassette Side e:                                                                                            pp. 56-66

Ives Fourth Symphony--Ives’ boyhood--his kindliness and courtesy--religion--lecture by Emerson--Ives’ paradoxical nature--Concord--Ives’ symphonies--Unanswered Question--Central Park in the Dark--more on Fourth Symphony.

Cassette Side f:                                                                                            pp. 66-73

“Watchman, Tell Us of the Night” and other hymns--Hawthorne’s “Celestial Railroad”--all Ives program with Myna Hager [sp?]--“The Indians.”