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When the Lusitania was attacked in 1915, the American composer and New Yorker Charles Ives transformed the experience of this heartbreaking news into a musical piece. It begins with a jumble of traffic noises, then the hurdy-gurdy swells into the lovely old hymn “In the Sweet Bye-and-Bye.” In lyrical text and watercolors—sometimes in dramatic wordless spreads—this thoughtfWhen the Lusitania was attacked in 1915, the American composer and New Yorker Charles Ives transformed the experience of this heartbreaking news into a musical piece. It begins with a jumble of traffic noises, then the hurdy-gurdy swells into the lovely old hymn “In the Sweet Bye-and-Bye.” In lyrical text and watercolors—sometimes in dramatic wordless spreads—this thoughtful picture book reveals not only a wartime tragedy, but a composer’s conviction that everyday music can convey profound emotion—and help heal a city. Young readers will understand that if they listen, music can be heard in the unlikeliest of places, from the busy chatter of a market to the wail of a fire engine....

Title : The Extraordinary Music of Mr. Ives: The True Story of a Famous American Composer
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ISBN : 9780547238661
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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The Extraordinary Music of Mr. Ives: The True Story of a Famous American Composer Reviews

  • Katie Fitzgerald
    2018-10-03 18:39

    SubjectCharles Ives (1874-1954) was an American modernist composer.ScopeDespite the title's suggestion that this book is about Charles Ives's music, most of it is actually devoted to the sinking of the Lusitania, an event which inspired Ives to write a particular piece. The text is written in the present tense, with very minimal biographical information, and it does nothing at all to suggest to the reader how Ives's music might sound. Five wordless spreads are devoted to dramatic moments during the sinking of the Lusitania which, though interesting, seem odd to include in a biography of a man who was not actually on the ship.About the IllustrationsThe illustrations are fine from an artistic standpoint, but they add many characters to the story that have neither a real connection to Ives nor any influence upon his work. There are lots of exaggerated and overly emotional faces which don't really match the text, and again, the wordless spreads seem strange and gratuitous.Author's NoteThere is a very brief author's note, which is accompanied by suggestions for "Further Reading and Listening" and a list of "Selected Sources." There is nothing in this note which is not already addressed by the text.Additional CommentsThe "Unanswered Question" is how Charles Ives ended up in this picture book about the Lusitania. Not recommended.

  • Michael Fitzgerald
    2018-10-06 18:14

    An odd book - the title implies it is a biography of the composer (do we really need to be told that he is famous?) and that we will learn about his music (in general) and what makes it special. However, it is more about one particular event - the sinking of the Lusitania and how that influenced one Ives piece. TEN full pages (five spreads) are devoted to completely wordless images relating to the ship. Another full page is devoted to works of three composers (Carter, Copland, Adams) who were influenced by Ives, but these people are not really part of this story at all. I felt that the book was half-baked and padded with this filler. In the meantime, there is much more that could have been said about Ives, his life, his other works, etc. The illustrations are dull, in that generic cartoonish style that is all the rage. Not a good choice for such a distinctive composer.

  • Melanie
    2018-10-07 14:41

    Charles Ives, no relation to Burl Ives, heard music in everyday sounds including traffic. Due to the influences he cultivated around him, his music was way ahead of it's time. Ives always retained a day job (that had something to do with numbers). It wasn't until after his death that his music finally found a place.Not great for a early biography. It left me with more questions than answers. There is no mention of whether he was related to Burl Ives, which is a common question. There is no explanation of what his office job was. A cd of his music would have been a fantastic pairing. Historic end notes answer few questions about his life.

  • Nashiea Edmiston
    2018-10-02 16:21

    A brief biography of Charles Ives, a business man and famous American composer. The book tries to chronicle the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915 but I have to say that I was a bit underwhelmed with the background on why the attack occurred. The middle sections of the book are wordless and probably my favorite as I felt the emotion portrayed on the faces of all the people on the ship, I feel the illustrator did an excellent job. I would recommend this book for older elementary, perhaps grades 4-5, or middle school if you happen to be doing a unit on American composers or a social studies unit on early American history.

  • Nitza Campos
    2018-10-20 19:34

    (Grades 1-4) True story of Charles Ives who composed music that was not appreciated until after his death. This book focuses on the music that was inspired by the sinking of the Lusitania. The thing I loved most about this book is how poetic it is. Brief biography included along with additional sources.

  • Liz
    2018-10-04 11:28

    3.5 starsA great American composer whose music was never really performed (or appreciated) until after his death. Even now, I had never heard of this "famous" composer. Author's note and sources included.

  • Barbara
    2018-10-19 16:22

    I was very underwhelmed by this story and I think the children will be too. I doubt many kids will know the song he's famous for and the story does not do much to heighten any interest in him.

  • Jill Cd
    2018-10-11 14:33

    The book was not what I thought, I was hoping for more information about Mr. Ives. A very basic introduction to this composer.

  • Beth
    2018-10-04 19:23

    Great story about how American composer Charles Ives was inspired to write his music.

  • Crystal
    2018-09-27 19:39

    This reminded me of the Wynton Marsalis picture book Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! because of the music in everyday sounds.

  • Jen
    2018-10-09 18:34

    simple line drawings, historical note in back

  • Miss Sarah
    2018-09-27 19:29

    A beautiful picture book describing the composing style of Charles Ives and the inspiration for one of his greatest pieces. Preschool and up for length and complexity.

  • Gail Shipley
    2018-09-29 18:43

    There was not enough content in this book. When I finished reading it I still did not know the author's purpose. Very disappointing.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2018-10-16 11:17

    Great story about an influential composer who found inspiration for his music in the unlikeliest of palces.

  • Blaine Moore
    2018-10-18 18:26

    A fun little story about an American composer - the middle of the book is "silent" with no words but lots of fun pictures for my daughter to point at glance through.