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Mad Music: Charles Ives, the Nostalgic Rebel Hardcover – April 1, 2014

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"Eminently insightful and engagingly written. The writing is exceptionally clear and enjoyable to read--the absence of musical jargon means that any reader can understand and enjoy every chapter. The content and style of this exhaustively researched biography combine to provide a compelling narrative of a unique figure." -- Choice

"Mad Music is the provocative, but historically and musicologically correct title for Stephen Budiansky's biography of Charles Ives . . . Budiansky has made significant new discoveries about the composer, finding previously unknown correspondence revealing the physical and mental impact of Ives' 1918 diagnosis with diabetes" -- San Francisco Classical Voice

"A superbly written narrative of a life and a calling . . . balances perfectly the man Charles Ives and the musician Charles Ives" -- WOSU Classical 101

“A superb and genial biography of Charles Ives.”—Washington Post


“[An] excellent new biography ... The facts are amazing— there aren’t that many insurance tycoons doubling as undiscovered modernist geniuses—and the difficulty of writing Ives’s biography is to prevent the life from sliding into myth. Budiansky tells the story movingly but plainly.”—New York Review of Books


"Stephen Budiansky’s Mad Music is a first-rate introduction geared to the general public. . . . Mr. Budiansky lures the reader into the mystery of Ives’s life, and the eccentric power of his music, in prose free from jargon and pretense. . . [An] engaging portrait. —Wall Street Journal


“Eminently insightful and engagingly written. . . . The content and style of this exhaustively researched biography combine to provide a compelling narrative of a unique figure. . . . Highly recommended.” —Choice

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“This is a brilliantly written biography of Charles Ives. The author’s extraordinary research has yielded fresh and very important insights into the battle between the composer’s health and musical creations. Ives has never before seemed so human, so real. This is a magnificent biography of Ives, one to join and amplify the fine biographies done in the late 20th century. It’s absorbing reading for the general public and has significant new information for music scholars.” (James Sinclair, Music Director, Orchestra New England)

“Compelling and incisive, Mad Music answers questions that have bedeviled Ives scholars for years. Ives jumps off the page full-blooded in all of his complexity, contradiction, and genius.” (Tom C. Owens, PhD, associate professor of music at George Mason University and editor of Selected Correspondence of Charles Ives)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: ForeEdge (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611683998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611683998
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,097,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 21, 2014
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"Mad Music, Charles Ives, the Nostalgic Rebel" by Stephen Budiansky is a highly engaging, absorbing, and thoughtful biography of the great American composer Charles Ives (1874 -- 1954) and a story of the lost America of his era. Although Ives' music remained obscure during much of his life, the composer has not lacked biographers, including, for example, recent studies by Jan Swafford Charles Ives: A Life with Music and Gayle Magee Charles Ives Reconsidered (Music in American Life). Unlike these and other Ives biographers, Budiansky is not primarily a scholar of music. He is instead a highly regarded author of books on military history and on natural history who has also written some short, provocative articles on the state of contemporary musical education. Budiansky received a Guggenhiem Fellowship to research and write his book on Ives. He states that the work is "the culmination of a decade of my own absorbing fascination with Ives and his music and the nineteenth century New England milieu from which he sprang. I've tried to explain the incredible power of his artistic vision, explore his life, and delve into the inspirations and ideals that shaped his unique character." Budiansky succeeds admirably in his aims.

The book proceeds in broad strokes with an eye for telling and important events rather than for microscopic detail. Budiansky explores the key events in Ives' life, including his childhood in Danbury, Connecticut, his college years at Yale, his early years starting out as a young insurance clerk, and his marriage, at 33, to Harmony Twichell.
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Outstanding in every way. Accessible to the non-musician, while still be insightful enough to satisfy serious Ives students and scholars. Easily the best balanced of the Ives biographies I've read. A generous portrayal of a generous man who dragged music into the modern era. The best book of its kind I've read in years.
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Thank God! Finally a writer who dares to attempt an honest assessment of the composer and his life. Ives reemerges totally unrecognizable in the long wake of the tired revisionist assertions of 1987. And finally there is a writer who dares tell the truth about Ives's health that totally destroys the ridiculous and self-serving "diagnoses" that have been made over the years to advance insidious propaganda that has diminished our great national musical treasure--though because Ives emerges as anything but a mad man, the implication of title of the book does not represent its content well.

Budiansky's revelation that Ives was diagnosed with diabetes in 1918--thus, it was NOT "neurasthenia," NOT "mental disorders"--and seems to tie everything together in the later years, even the earlier ones, too. Ives emerges as monumentally great--a living, breathing human being, who just happened to be infinitely more gifted than the average genius, and much more of a humanitarian, to boot. He should be treated sympathetically, rather than judged in ways no one would impose on anyone else. How would his tormentors like to be treated were they in his shoes? Since there can be no doubt that Budiansky reveres this great figure and composer, his gentle treatment of Ives's tormentors would seem to indicate that he knows the seeds of truth ultimately will take care of everything. Recommended.
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Bought as a gift and is a great read.
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