Postlude in F
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
F Horn I-II-III-IV
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
(Percussion detail desired)
None discovered thus far.
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
- Audio CD: "The President's Own" United States Marine Band (Col. Timothy W. Foley, Director)
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble (Timothy Paul, conductor) – 9 March 2018 (CBDNA 2018 Eastern Conference, New Haven, Conn.)
- Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green) (Gary Schallert, conductor) – 20 February 2016 (CBDNA 2016 Southern Division Conference, Charleston, S.C.)
Works for Winds by this Composer
- The Alcotts (tr. Elkus) (1920/1947)
- The Alcotts (tr. Thurston) (1920/1972)
- Charlie Rutlage (tr. Sinclair)
- The Circus Band (tr. Elkus)
- Country Band March (tr. Sinclair)
- Decoration Day (tr. Elkus)
- Fantasia on "Jerusalem the Golden" (1888)
- Finale from Symphony No 2 (tr. Elkus)
- Fugue in C (arr. Sinclair) (1900/1992)
- Here's to Good Ol' Yale: See: March 6: Here's to Good Ol' Yale
- In the Mornin' (arr. Singleton) (1929)
- March 6: Here's to Good Ol' Yale (tr. Elkus)
- March Intercollegiate (ed. Brion) (1892(?)/1973)
- Old Home Days (arr. Elkus) (1954)
- Omega Lambda Chi (ed. Brion) (1896/1974)
- Overture and March "1776" (tr. Sinclair) (1904/1910)
- Ragtime Dance No. 4 (trans. Sinclair) (?/1990)
- Runaway Horse on Main Street (1908)
- A Son of a Gambolier (arr. Elkus) (1892/1962)
- They are There! (arr. Sinclair)
- The Unanswered Question (1908/1935/1989)
- Variations on "America" (orch. Schuman, tr. Rhoads) (1891/1968)
- Variations on "Jerusalem the Golden" (tr. Brion)
- Postlude in F (tr. Singleton)
- Charles Ives Society website
- Ives, C.; Singleton, K. (1991). Postlude in F [score]. Associated Music Publishers: New York.
- "The President's Own" United States Marine Band program notes