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Fugue in C (Ives)

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Charles Ives

Charles Ives (arr. Sinclair)

General Info

Year: 1900 / 1992
Original Medium: Organ
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Peer Music Classical
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Based on 1st movement of the first string quartet, which is an arrangement of a work for organ.

- Program Note from score

With Lowell Mason’s Missionary Hymn (From Greenland’s Icy Mountains) as its subject, this four-voice fugue shows the organ-like capability of the band to best advantage. We hear the most striking example, perhaps, in the cumulative, climactic ending coincidentally reminiscent of Ives' contemporary and fellow organist, Gustav Holst, followed by its fadeout "Amen" close, an endplay that would become the mature Ives' almost predictable signature. Ives often recycled his music: The original organ fugue, composed as a Yale course assignment for Horatio Parker (another esteemed organist) and -- we must presume -- for Ives's own use at Center Church, was adapted into his First Quartet and thence, further recomposed, into his Fourth Symphony

- Program Note by Jonathan Elkus

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • South Carolina: III
  • Virginia: IV


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Hartt Wind Ensemble (Hartford, Conn.) (Patricia Cornett, conductor) – 8 March 2018
  • The University of Texas at Tyler Wind Ensemble (Jeffrey Emge, conductor) – 7 March 2018
  • California State University, Fullerton, Symphonic Winds (Patricia Cornet, conductor) – 4 December 2016
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor) - 10 April 2005

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