Yale University Library


OHAM: John Kirkpatrick on Ives


CBS Records

Ives Project


John Kirkpatrick

with Vivian Perlis and Leroy Parkins

466 Orange Street

New Haven, CT

February 6, 1970



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.”