List of compositions by Charles Ives

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Ives as a teenager

The compositions of American composer Charles Ives (1874–1954) are mostly modern classical music. Documenting his list of works is especially difficult, because he had a tendency not to date his works, or misdate them for some unknown reason. Additionally, he was very prolific, revised works multiple times, and left ambiguous fragments with no title or notes.

Orchestra[edit]

Symphonies[edit]

Sets[edit]

For orchestra
For chamber orchestra
  • Set No. 1 (1912); includes Calcium Light Night
  • Set No. 2 (1912); includes "Gyp the Blood" or Hearst—Which is Worst!? (inc.)
  • Set No. 3 (1917)
  • Set No. 4: Three Poets and Human Nature (1925-30?)
  • Set No. 5: The Other Side of Pioneering, or Side Lights on American Enterprise (1925-30?)
  • Set No. 6: From the Side Hill (1925-30?)
  • Set No. 7: Water Colors (1925-30?)
  • Set No. 8: Songs without Voices (1930?); derived from Set No. 5
  • Set No. 9 of Three Pieces (1934)
  • Set No. 10 of Three Pieces (1934) [There are also two more chamber sets assembled in 1934 that are found listed in the same Work-List of Compositions.]
  • Set for Theatre Orchestra (1915)

Overtures[edit]

  • Alcott Overture (1904, inc., but re-used for the third movement of Piano Sonata No.2)
  • Emerson Overture for Piano and Orchestra or Emerson Concerto (1911–12, incomplete, but re-used for the first movement of Piano Sonata No.2)
  • Matthew Arnold Overture (1912, inc.)
  • Overture and March: 1776 (1904, rev. 1910; re-used in "Putnam's Camp" from Three Places in New England and Holidays Symphony)
  • Overture in G Minor (1899, inc.)
  • Overture: Nationals (1915, inc. sketches; adapted from Overture and March: 1776; )
  • Robert Browning Overture (1914, rev. 1942)

Marches[edit]

  • Holiday Quickstep (1887)
  • March No. 2, with Son of a Gambolier (1895?)
  • March No. 3 in F and C (1893?, inc.)
  • March No. 3, with My Old Kentucky Home (1895?)
  • March No. 4 in F and C (1894?, inc.)
  • The Circus Band (1898)

Others[edit]

  • Central Park in the Dark (1906, rev. 1936)
  • Chromâtimelôdtune (1923?)
  • Country Band March (1905?, rev. 1914, inc.)
  • Quarter-Tone Chorale for Strings (1914, lost)[1]
  • The General Slocum (1910?, inc.)
  • The Gong on the Hook and Ladder (1911)
  • Piece for Small Orchestra and Organ (1905?, mostly lost)
  • The Pond (1906, rev. 1913)
  • Postlude in F (1899?)
  • Three Ragtime Dances (1911, mostly lost)
  • Four Ragtime Dances (?)
  • Nine Ragtime Pieces (1902?, mostly lost)
  • The Rainbow (1914)
  • Skit for Danbury Fair (1909, inc.)
  • Take-Off No. 7: Mike Donlin-Johnny Evers (1907, inc.)
  • Take-Off No. 8: Willy Keeler at Bat (1907, inc.)
  • Tone Roads et al. (1915?)
  • The Unanswered Question (1908, rev. 1935)
  • Yale-Princeton Football Game (1899, inc.)

Band[edit]

  • Fantasia on Jerusalem the Golden (1888)
  • March in F and C, with Omega Lambda Chi (1896)
  • March Intercollegiate, with Annie Lisle (1892)
  • Runaway Horse on Main Street (1908, inc.)
  • Schoolboy March in D and F, Op. 1 (1886, mostly lost)

Chamber/Instrumental[edit]

String quartet
  • String Quartet No. 1: From the Salvation Army (1900)
  • String Quartet No. 2 (1913)
Violin sonata
  • Pre-First Sonata for Violin and Piano (1913)
  • Violin Sonata No. 1 (1917?)
  • Violin Sonata No. 2 (1917?)
  • Violin Sonata No. 3 (1914?)
  • Violin Sonata No. 4: Children's Day at the Camp Meeting (1916)
Other
  • Decoration Day (1919)
  • From the Steeples and the Mountains (1901)
  • Fugue in B-flat (1895?, inc.)
  • Fugue in D (1895?, mostly lost)
  • Fugue in Four Greek Modes (1897, inc.)
  • Fugue in Four Keys on The Shining Shore (1903?, inc.)
  • Hallowe'en (1914)
  • In Re Con Moto et al. (1916)
  • Largo for Violin and Piano (1901)
  • Largo for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano (1934? arrangement of Largo for violin and piano)
  • Largo Risoluto No. 1 (1909)
  • Largo Risoluto No. 2 (1910)
  • An Old Song Deranged (1903)
  • Piece in G for String Quartet (1891?)
  • Polonaise (1887, inc.)
  • Practice for String Quartet in Holding Your Own! (1903)
  • Prelude on Eventide (1908)
  • Scherzo: All the Way Around and Back (1908)
  • Scherzo: Over the Pavements (1910)
  • Scherzo for String Quartet (1904)
  • A Set of Three Short Pieces (1935?)
  • Take-Off No. 3: Rube Trying to Walk 2 to 3!! (1909)
  • Trio for Violin, Violoncello, and Piano (1907, rev. 1915)

Keyboard[edit]

Vocal[edit]

Songs[edit]

Ives' songs first appeared in three collections:

114 Songs (1922)[edit]

  • 1. Majority
  • 2. Evening
  • 3. The Last Reader
  • 4. At Sea
  • 5. Immortality
  • 6. The New River
  • 7. Discosure
  • 8. The Rainbow
  • 9. (a) Duty (b) Vita
  • 10. Charlie Rutlage
  • 11. Lincoln The Great Commoner
  • 12. Remembrance
  • 13. Resolution
  • 14. The Indians
  • 15. The Housatonic at Stockbridge
  • 16. Religion
  • 17. Grantchester
  • 18. Incantation
  • 19. The Greatest Man
  • 20. Hymn
  • 21. Luck and Work
  • 22. "Nov. 2, 1920"
  • 23. Maple Leaves
  • 24. Premonitions
  • 25. Ann Street
  • 26. Like a Sick Eagle
  • 27. The Swimmers
  • 28. On the Counter
  • 29. The See'r
  • 30. From "Paracelsus"
  • 31. Walt Whitman
  • 32. The Side-Show
  • 33. Cradle-Song
  • 34. La Fede
  • 35. August
  • 36. September
  • 37. December
  • 38. The Collection
  • 39. Afterglow
  • 40. The Innate,
  • 41. "123"
  • 42. Serenity
  • 43. The Things Our Fathers Loved
  • 44. Watchman
  • 45. At The River
  • 46. His Exaltation
  • 47. The Camp-Meeting
  • 48. Thoreau
  • 49. In Flanders Fields
  • 50. He is There!
  • 51. Tom Sails Away
  • 52. Old Home Day
  • 53. In the Alley
  • 54. A Song of a Gambolier
  • 55. Down East
  • 56. The Circus Band
  • 57. Mists
  • 58. Evidence
  • 59. Tolerance
  • 60. Autumn
  • 61. Nature's Way
  • 62. The Waiting Soul
  • 63. Those Evening Bells
  • 64. The Cage
  • 65. Spring Song
  • 66. The Light that is Felt
  • 67. Walking
  • 68. Ilmenau (Over All the Treetops)
  • 69. Rough Wind
  • 70. Mirage
  • 71. There is a Lane love
  • 72. Tarrant Moss
  • 73. Harpalus
  • 74. The Children's Hour
  • 75. I Travelled Among Unknown Men
  • 76. Qu'il M'irait bien
  • 77. Elegie
  • 78. Chanson de Florian
  • 79. Rosamunde
  • 80. Weil' auf mir
  • 81. The Old Mother
  • 82. In Summerfields
  • 83. Ich Grolle Nicht
  • 84. Night of Frost in May (From)
  • 85. Dreams
  • 86. Omens and Oracles
  • 87. An old Flame
  • 88. A Night Song
  • 89. A Song - For Anything
  • 90. The World's Highway
  • 91. Karen
  • 92. Marie
  • 93. Berceuse
  • 94. Where the Eagle
  • 95. Allegro
  • 96. Romanzo (di Central Park)
  • 97. The South Wind
  • 98. Naught that Country
  • 99. Forward into the Light
  • 100. A Christmas Carol
  • 101. My Native Land
  • 102. Memories: (a) Very Pleasant (b) Rather Sad
  • 103. The White Gulls (From the Russian)
  • 104. Two Little Flowers
  • 105. West London (A Sonnet)
  • 106. Amphion
  • 107. A Night Thought
  • 108. Songs My Mother Taught Me
  • 109. Waltz
  • 110. The World's Wanderers
  • 111. Canon
  • 112. To Edith
  • 113. When Stars Are in the Quit Skies
  • 114. Slow March

34 Songs (1933)[edit]

19 Songs (1935)[edit]

(a special issue of Henry Cowell's New Music Quarterly)

The numerous misprints of these editions are addressed in 129 Songs edited by H. Wiley Hitchcock. Additional works in critical editions are contained in:

Eleven Songs and Two Harmonizations (1968)[edit]

Sunrise for baritone, violin and piano (1977)[edit]

Forty Earlier Songs (1993)[edit]

  • "Song for Harvest Season" (1893)[2]
  • "Songs my Mother taught me" (1895[3])[2]
  • Hymn (1904)[2]

Songs that were orchestrated[edit]

  • General William Booth Enters into Heaven (based on a poem by the same name written by Vachel Lindsay)

Cantatas[edit]

  • The Celestial Country (1902)
  • Silence Accompanied (1920)

Choral Psalms[edit]

  • Psalm 14 (1902, 1912–13)
  • Psalm 24 (1901, 1912–13)
  • Psalm 25 (1901, 1912–13)
  • Psalm 42 (1891–92)
  • Psalm 54 (1902)
  • Psalm 67 (1898–99)
  • Psalm 90 (1923–24)
  • Psalm 100 (1902)
  • Psalm 135 (1902, 1912–13)
  • Psalm 150 (1898–99)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Read Gardner: 20th-Century Microtonal Notation (New York, Greenwood Press, 1990) p. 76
  2. ^ a b c Philip Lambert: The Music of Charles Ives (New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 1997) p. 210
  3. ^ surely #108 above?
  • James B. Sinclair: A descriptive catalogue of the music of Charles Ives (Yale University Press, 1999)