A Descriptive Catalogue of the Music of Charles Ives

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James B. Sinclair

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This information-packed catalogue of the music of Charles Ives contains 728 entries covering all of the prolific composer’s works. James Sinclair’s book presents new information produced by recent Ives scholarship and generous commentary on each of Ives’s compositions. It completes the work begun by musicologist John Kirkpatrick in 1955, when Ives’s music manuscripts were deposited in the Yale Music Library.

Ives’s works are arranged alphabetically by title within genres. Whenever possible, each entry includes the main title and any other titles the composer may have used; the forces required; the duration; headings of movements; publication history; citation of the first known performance and first recording; the derivation of the work, listing music on which it may be modeled or from which it may borrow material; the principal literature treating the piece; and commentary on these and other matters. The catalogue also provides musical incipits for all Ives’s extant works, seven appendixes (covering his work lists, “Quality Photo” lists, his songbooks, a chronology of his life, recordings made by Ives, and his private publications and commercial publishers), three concordances, and four extensive indexes (addresses, names, titles, and musical borrowings).

James B. Sinclair is the music director of Orchestra New England and executive editor for the Charles Ives Society. He is the author of nineteen critical editions of works by Ives and six transcriptions for band.

“This resource, the culmination of years of work by several editors, serves not only as a thematic catalog but also as a guide to bibliographic resources. . . . Sinclair capitalizes on previous research and reference sources, combining them to make a comprehensive source, indexing the previous bibliographies and discographies in one location. . . . Essential for music libraries and highly recommended for academic libraries.”—Choice


"Impressive, comprehensive, exhaustively detailed, and well organized, this catalog is the final result of the numerous efforts to organize the compositions of Charles Ives that first began in earnest immediately after his death in 1954. . . . An exemplary study that will serve scholars for decades, this book sets a new standard for reference catalogs in music."—Library Journal


“A magnificent achievement, of which Sinclair should be immensely proud. It will also make the lives of Ives scholars and aficionados infinitely simpler.”—David Nicholls, Notes




“[A] monumental catalog. . . . With new information produced by recent Ives scholarship and generous commentary on each of Ives’s compositions, this all-inclusive book is not only an important source for music writers and performers but also an essential volume for scholars of American music.”—University Park Media Librarian’s Quarterly


Winner of the 1999 Association of American Publisher’s–Professional /Scholarly Publishing Annual Award

Winner of the 1999 Deems Taylor Award given by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers

Co-winner of the 1999 Vincent H. Duckles Award, for the best book-length bibliography or research tool in music awarded by the Music Library Association
ISBN: 9780300242331
Publication Date: October 1, 2008
Publishing Partner: Published with assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Charles Ives Society, Inc.
784 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4