Assistant Professor David C. Paul's book Charles Ives in the Mirror: American Histories of an Iconic Composer was recently reviewed by the Wall Street Journal. Below is a snippet of
Book Review: 'Mad Music' by Stephen Budiansky & 'Charles Ives in the Mirror' by David C. Paul
Why did America's finest modernist composer stop creating new work?
August 1, 2014
Since the mid-19th century, music lovers have looked to composers' biographies to help discern what the music they are listening to might mean. Music, particularly music written for instruments alone, can be difficult to connect to ideas, events or politics—to aspects of culture and society considered beyond the confines of the art form. Rightly or wrongly, we use the writings of Walt Whitman and Herman Melville to understand 19th-century America, just as we project larger meanings about the American experience in the 20th onto the canvases of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock.
You can read the entire piece over at the Wall Street Journal (subscription needed).