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Postlude in F

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Charles Ives

Charles Ives (ed. Kenneth Singleton)

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General Info

Year: 1890-92 / 1991
Duration: c. 4:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Organ
Publisher: Associated Music Publishers Inc
Cost: Score and Parts - $45.00


Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II

(Percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Postlude in F dates from the period 1890-92. This was during Ives prime as a church organist, having composed his famous Variations on “America” the same year. It is probable that Ives composed and/or experimented with many organ works that never saw the light of day, but the Postlude survived in an orchestration Ives made in a college instrumentation class (1896-97), leading one to conclude that he thought enough of it to rescore it. Although Ives was generally critical of Wagner, the Postlude in F bears a strong European imprint that Ives biographer Jan Swafford finds reminiscent of Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll. We know that European influences were, in part, his own inclinations at the time.

The setting for band was made by Kenneth Singleton, Director of Bands at the University of Northern Colorado.

- Program Note by Kenneth Singleton

A lost organ work that he had composed and played in Danbury in his mid-teens survives as an orchestration assignment for Professor Parker. If Parker indeed held a reading with the New Haven Orchestra (as noted in Ives's later memorandum) it would have been one of the few opportunities Ives ever had to hear a work of his played by a large symphonic complement. Interestingly, a strong French element is already heard in its chromatic palette to the church and Sunday parlor adaptations of Saint-Saens and Massenet.

-Program note by Jonathan Elkus

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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