New Haven: Yale University Press, . Illustrated. First Edition, first printing. Review Copy, with inserted review slip and a two-page promotional letter. Signed presentation from Feder on the half-title page to musicologist Vivian Perlis: “My God! What does sound have to do with music! CEI. 4 April 1998. Yale, New Haven. To Vivian Perlis—with appreciation for your work—and much affection. Stuart Feder.” Charles Edward Ives [1874-1954] was an American modernist composer, one of the first American composers of international renown. His music was largely ignored during his early life, and many of his works went unperformed for many years. Later in life, the quality of his music was publicly recognized, and he came to be regarded as an "American original". He was also among the first composers to engage in a systematic program of experimental music, with musical techniques including polytonality, polyrhythm, tone clusters, aleatory elements, and quarter tones. His experimentation foreshadowed many musical innovations that were later more widely adopted during the 20th century. Hence, he is often regarded as the leading American composer of art music of the 20th century. Vivian Perlis [1928–2019] was an American musicologist and the founder and former director of Yale University’s Oral History of American Music. As a music librarian for Yale, Perlis worked with The Charles Ives Papers. In 1974, Perlis used this collection to write the book “Charles Ives Remembered,” which was the first documentation of a musical figure through the use of oral history. In 1975, the book won the American Musicological Society’s Otto Kinkeldey Award, their most prestigious book award. Perlis was the first female recipient and this was the first time the award was given for an American musical subject. A nice association copy! Few ink underlinings in text by Perlis & one page formerly dogeared. Tall 8vo., gray cloth in dust jacket; 396 pages. Item #57344
Very Good (covers nice except for little discoloration; contents clean & tight); little edgewear (two-inch closed tear front cover) d/j.