Music: New Records, Nov. 27, 1950

As a spare-time composer who wrote most of his music early in the century, professional Insurance Man Charles Ives (TIME, Feb. 23, 1948) managed to anticipate most of his contemporaries. Often based on old hymn tunes, his music abounds in polytonal harmonies, complex rhythms; much of it is log-cabin crude and just as American. Symphony No. 3, finished in 1904 and revised in 1911, gathered dust in Ives's Connecticut barn until 1946, when it got its first performance and won him a Pulitzer Prize. The calm first movement is particularly prizeworthy. The National...

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