Charles Ives’s transcendental Fourth of July — Bibliolore

July 4, 2021

Charles Ives’s The Fourth of July (1912) abounds with polymeter, polytonality, dense simultaneous layering of seemingly independent and contrasting elements, and quotations from at least 15 traditional U.S. songs and march tunes. In particular, the work includes two musical “explosions” (representing fireworks) comprising extremely dense strata of non-synchronous materials. However, a close analysis of Ives’s…

Charles Ives’s transcendental Fourth of July — Bibliolore