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Memories, Very Pleasant and and Rather Sad

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Charles Ives

Charles Ives (trans. Jonathan Elkus)

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Subtitle: A Charles Ives Song Set

General Info

Year: 1922 / 2011?
Duration: c. 2:10
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Voice and piano
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Remembrance - 0:44
2. Memories: Very Pleasant – 0:35
3. Memories: Rather Sad – 1:35
4. Circus Band - 2:05
5. The Things Our Fathers Loved - 1:35
6. Old Home Day - 3:10


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Program Notes

The present suite of songs was specifically selected by the twenty-seventh director of the Marine Band, Colonel Michael J, Colburn (ret.), and freely arranged for "The President's Own" by noted Ives scholar Jonathan Elkus. This collection brings together six of Ives' most nostalgic vignettes: magical images of the circus coming to town, a boy's unbridled excitement for the opening curtain at the opera house. And the warm memories of his hometown, his family, and especially of his father, the golden sound of his cornet singing out familiar and comforting tunes in the distance.

The suite consists of Remembrance, Memories, a. Very Pleasant, b. Rather Sad, Circus Band, The Things Our Fathers Loved, and Old Home Day.

- Program Note from liner notes by Jason K. Fettig for Altissimo Recordings Be Glad Then, America.


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