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The Extraordinary Music of Mr. Ives: The True Story of a Famous American… (edition 2012)
by Joanne Stanbridge, Joanne Stanbridge (Illustrator)
The Extraordinary Music of Mr. Ives: The True Story of a Famous American Composer by Joanne Stanbridge
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When the Lusitania was attacked in 1915, the American composer and New Yorker Charles Ives transformed the experience of this heartbreaking news into a musical piece. It begins with a jumble of traffic noises, then the hurdy-gurdy swells into the lovely old hymn “In the Sweet Bye-and-Bye.” In lyrical text and watercolors—sometimes in dramatic wordless spreads—this thoughtful picture book reveals not only a wartime tragedy, but a composer’s conviction that everyday music can convey profound emotion—and help heal a city. Young readers will understand that if they listen, music can be heard in the unlikeliest of places, from the busy chatter of a market to the wail of a fire engine.
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Charles Ives found music in unusual places and experimented with strange sounds that few appreciated in his lifetime. Now he is considered one of the greatest American composers to ever live!
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