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Brandon Burke

'Baseball and the Music of Charles Ives'

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I stumbled upon this in the music library a few months ago and checked it out. Never had enough time to start it -- hey, imagine that -- and it eneded up getting recalled by a grad student. So now I'm back to square one...

To the point though, I love the topic, Ives and baseball are two of my bigger passions, but isn't all of this just a simple case of Ives having incorporated the sport into a handful of his song titles? Are there really enough things to say about this to fill 216 pages?

Believe me, I'd love to be wrong about this...

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I stumbled upon this in the music library a few months ago and checked it out.  Never had enough time to start it -- hey, imagine that -- and it eneded up getting recalled by a grad student.  So now I'm back to square one...

To the point though, I love the topic, Ives and baseball are two of my bigger passions, but isn't all of this just a simple case of Ives having incorporated the sport into a handful of his song titles?  Are there really enough things to say about this to fill 216 pages? 

Believe me, I'd love to be wrong about this...

No time, and I want to keek the topic alive.

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As I recall, there's even an Ives piano piece where he indicates that the last chord may be struck with a baseball bat!

Yet it's hard to believe that you could fill a book with this topic. I don't recall the Swafford biography spending much time on baseball, for instance.

Still, the book sounds intriguing and worth a perusal.

Now, Buster Keaton and baseball...

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As I recall, there's even an Ives piano piece where he indicates that the last chord may be struck with a baseball bat!

Correct. I can't recall the name if it right now either, but I remember reading about that in the liners.

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