Re: Ives Revisited
- I suppose the best policy for me would be to observe a moratorium on
value judgements and just wait to hear the results.
Another variable to deal with is the Charles Ives propensity to
change his mind and change it back again. He did so many times in
the course of his composer life. When opportunities to mount a
performance arose under normal circumstances, he might very well
stifle the radical aspects of a work and make a tame conservative
version just to avoid trouble. On the other hand, when entrusting
things to Cowell or Harrison (for instance) he might go the other
direction and increase the radicality, asserting the most advanced
That all means to me leaving the door open for possible alternative
presentations such as with just intonation.
That letter you cited might have actually been penned by Mr. Ives
himself? He often dictated letters as if Harmony had made them.