The Extraordinary Music of Mr. Ives: The True Story of a Famous American Composer

by Joanne Stanbridge

A tender account of how Charles Ives came to compose the music that expressed the grief and shock of the whole city of New York after the sinking of the Lusitania.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780547238661
  • ISBN-10: 0547238665
  • Pages: 32
  • Publication Date: 10/09/2012
  • Carton Quantity: 42

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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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    "Unthreatening despite its subject matter, yet impressively moving."

    "Stanbridge writes well for young children, with a straightforward bu absorbing text."
    New York Times Book Review

    "Stanbridge's work is its own curious, yet quietly inspired composition, a meditative ode to an artist."
    Publishers Weekly