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Old 05-09-2011, 05:14 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Might as well give my take on it... I can't say that it's a compilation that I'll listen to all in one sitting, but I know I will listen to a few tracks every now and then in the future (it's growing on me a bit).

Unlike that asinine debate over Cage's affiliation with classical music, it's very clear that this work has roots in the genre. Charles Ives' use of dissonance and atypical patterning of notes (or however you say it), though, brings it more into the realm of avant-garde. I will admit that sitting through the album was a bit exhausting the first go-around, but when I listened to it a second time... well, I have to say it was worth it.

This was my first exposure to pre-WWII avant-garde music, and I can definitely say that I will be listening to some more in the future.

I apologize for not posting a more in-depth review of the album, but I felt that it deserves some more discussion at this point.
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Old 05-10-2011, 12:04 PM   #12 (permalink)
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My only previous experience with Ives was Symphony no. 3 which is a classical piece, and this is a completely different beast. After a few minutes of chin stroking I was won over, following every note of his odd chromatic scales. This began a pattern, every time my mind drifted elsewhere I was snapped back into attention by a hammering of haunting miner chords or a twinkling tangent of joy. The only negative is that it's a bit too long for one sitting.

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Old 05-15-2011, 08:02 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I kind of liked how unpredictable Ives' pieces are. Like most avant-garde music, it's very difficult to figure out what will happen next. It tends to quickly dip down into classical composition and then go into something more experimental, but then there are bits of dissonance that appear every now and then along with some atypical pauses. It's... somewhat like a roller coaster for the piano.
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Old 05-22-2011, 02:16 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Anyone wanna send me the album?
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