The Extraordinary Music of Mr. Ives: The True Story of a Famous American Composer

by Joanne Stanbridge

Category: Food & Drink

  • Type: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages
  • ISBN: none
  • ASIN: 9780547238661
  • Edition Language: English

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 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.

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