Iconoclast Charles Ives Challenges Himself
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
On Monday night, WQXR and Q2 Music brought you a live event from The Greene Space, a conversation and performance about some of America’s iconoclastic composers. In that spirit, today’s Showdown focuses on Charles Ives, who was perhaps America’s original maverick composer.
We offered the first three symphonies Ives composed as he developed his ground-breaking style. In the end, it was Ives' Symphony No. 2 -- which Ives heard the premiere of during a live broadcast over the radio in 1951 with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic -- that earned the most votes. We played it at noon.
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 3