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To: LUV W

Good evening Linda. I talked to my cousin Linda today and we both broke into tears. She is beside herself from the loss of her brother. We hugged each other for quite a time, but the pain will last for much, much longer.


28 posted on 11/21/2012 6:57:01 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (0 bummer inherited a worse economy in 2012 than he did in 2008.)
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To: AZamericonnie; ConorMacNessa; Drumbo; Kathy in Alaska; MS.BEHAVIN; LUV W
For Thanksgiving, I like to listen to the Second Symphony of Charles Ives.

Charlie is best known among financiers as one of the founders of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company of New York. It was Ives who invented the concept of life insurance as a tool of estate planning. He was a busy and successful insurance executive for his almost 80 years of life.

He was a Connecticut man by birth (1874), from Danbury. His father had been a rather dissolute Army bandmaster during the Civil War, and the old man had been court-martialed for drunkenness on more than one occasion. But he gave Charlie a sound foundation in music. The old man would play a tune on the violin in one key, and he expected Charlie to sing along with it one half-tone higher.

Charlie got his music degree at Yale during a period when the department was dominated by Germans. By day he worked in downtown Manhattan in the insurance game, and at night and on weekends he composed. Ives also worked as a church organist in Manhattan and proved to be a gifted arranger of hymns. At night in Manhattan, he would pop in at clubs in Harlem and sit down at the piano and accompany.

Charlie wanted to prove to himself that he could write a Romantic symphony in the tradition of Brahms and Dvorak. His Second Symphony from 1902 contains snippets of those composers plus Wagner, hymns, folk songs, the songs of Stephen Foster, and college tunes from Yale. It was ignored until 1951, when Leonard Bernstein conducted the premiere with the New York Philharmonic. It became a huge hit. Ives listened to it at home by radio and was so moved that he left the room to avoid people seeing him cry.

It’s technically in five movements, but it’s really in three.

The first movement has a long introduction in B minor, followed by a really abrupt modulation to A-flat Major for a movement in sonata format. The introduction features a snippet from Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto and another from the finale of Brahms’ First Symphony. You’ll also recognize “Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean” on horns against Bach on strings.

The first movement contains references to “Bringing in the Sheaves”, “Where are the Verdant Freshmen”, “Little Brown Jug”, and Wagner’s “Magic Fire Music” from The Valkyrie.

The slow movement in F Major contains snippets of “America the Beautiful”, the slow movement of Dvorak’s Sixth Symphony, and a host of folk tunes and hymns. See if you can spot them!

The finale begins with the same B minor introduction that started the work, but this time it’s drastically abridged. It executes an abrupt modulation to F Major for the finale itself, again in sonata format. This time the snippets quoted come from “Camptown Races”, “Turkey in the Straw”, “Anchors Aweigh”, “Columbia the Gem of the Ocean”, and “Reveille”. At the coda, he plays all these themes on top of each other, and the end is the musical equivalent of an exploding cigar. Audiences laugh and applaud at the same time.

Ives: Symphony #2 (Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the Concertbebouw of Amsterdam)

30 posted on 11/21/2012 7:00:16 PM PST by Publius (Will comply with 10-289 for food.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Hi, Arrow....it’s good that you and Linda have each other and can hug and cry together during this incredibly hard and heartbreaking time for the family. God rest her dear brother’s soul.


37 posted on 11/21/2012 7:25:59 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Prayers of peace continue for your friend and her brother. Going to be a rough Thanksgiving.

Thankful that she has you there for her.


64 posted on 11/21/2012 8:47:40 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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