Saturday, December 31, 2011

Got $123.14?

This just in from the Charles Ives Society Newsletter:

The Ives Society Critical Edition of Ives。ッs Symphony No. 4 was published today by Associated Music Publishers (subsidiary of G. Schirmer). This is a landmark publication, among the most important accomplishments of the Ives Society, and made possible by the support of the Maxwell Foundation.

Mvts. 1&2 were premiered in 1927, mvt. 3 in 1933. The whole work was heard for the first time in April 1965. Since then the symphony has been performed hundreds of times, and recorded by at least nine conductors (Stokowski, Farberman, Serebrier, Ozawa, Dohnanyi, Thomas, Karabtchevsky, Adams, Litton, all using problematic performance materials. Under the guidance of Ives Society executive editor James Sinclair, four editors contributed to the new edition. A new performing edition, based on the Critical Edition, is now available for performances. This monumental work will now seem rather easier to rehearse!

You may now pre-order the cloth-bound score (with its attendant CD-ROM) from various locations including where the publication shows a list price of $195.00 and a selling price of $123.14 (shipping starting January 8th).

The hell with that holiday contribution to the SPCA. This is much, much more important.


john schott said...

Finally! Man, I've been wondering what's been taking so long! MTT's recording is, what, 25 years old? I emailed Sinclair a few years ago about this, but never got a response.
I am going to start saving!
Also: thanks for the recent Carter links and reports. I am sort of halfway on the Carter/Rosen/Time issue. I get (I think I get) what they mean, but I agree, this is an easily over-hyped issue with Carter's music. I like Carter's comment that Brahms' music is the from the age of the horse and buggy, and he writes music for people who have been in jet engines, or some such, but I don't think the "simultaneous experiences of time" is a very relevant way to think about, say, Symphonia.
Well, whatever. Rosen's been sort of writing the same comfortable piece on Carter for the NYRB for about thirty years. The Classical Style is a desert island book for me, though.

Joe Barron said...

And his little monograph on Schoenberg is indispensible,