Yale University Library


OHAM: Mrs. John Becker on Ives


Mrs. John Becker

With Vivian Perlis

Evanston, Illinois

October 15, 1973


Cassette Side a:                                                                                             pp. 1-13

How John Becker met Charles Ives--reasons they were drawn together: John Becker's article "Fine Arts and the Soul of America"--Becker's concerts at St. Thomas College in St. Paul, Minnesota--reviews of the concerts--concert at the national meeting of the Federation of Music Clubs--correspondence between Ives and Becker--Marriage with Space--article that Becker wrote on Ives for the Northwest Music Herald--Becker and Ives do what they each can for the other's music--their interest in literature--Thoreau--Ives-Becker correspondence--poems.

Cassette Side b:                                                                                            pp. 13-27

Meeting Mrs. Ives--books in the Ives home--Mrs. Ives' social work--Edie Ives and Mary Cecilia Becker--Christmas gifts--similarities and differences between John Becker and Charles Ives--Ives insurance company--Becker's position as director of the Federal Music Project--Becker's and Ives' background--music in the early lives of Becker and Ives--Becker's opinion of selected Ives works: Washington's Birthday--and others--colleagues of Becker and Ives--Cowell--Varèse--The Ark and the Dove--copies of Ives's music that he sent to Becker.