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Charles Ives

Charles Ives (trans. James B. Sinclair)

Subtitle: A War Song March

General Info

Year: 1976
Duration: c. 1:55
Original Medium: Chorus and orchestra
Publisher: Peer International
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Ives was enraged at the news of the Kaiser's "hog march" through Belgium in August 1914. On the war's subsequent course of events -- the sinking of the Lusitania, America's heroic joining of the Allied forces, and the tragic failure of the League of Nations -- he brought to bear some of his most deeply searching verse, political commentary, civic action, and of course music. When the World War II embarkation parades of the European-bound U.S. soldiers seemed a repeat of all-too-recent history, he reworked the lyrics of his World War I marching song ("beating up Hitler instead of the Kaiser," he wrote in 1944 to the conductor Lehman Engel). Since Ives likened our military expeditions to help liberate Europe to our home-fought wars for freedom, this marching song is a snappily ragged wake-up coalition of patriotic music. Among others, one hears Battle Cry of Freedom; Dixie; La Marseillaise; Maryland; My Maryland; Yankee Doodle; and - perhaps as a kind of personal signature - Ives's Country Band tune. Ives's text is best heard from his own voice while accompanying himself at the piano on his 1943 private recording, reproduced on Ives Plays Ives, CRI CD 810, 38-40; his tempo there is the fast quickstep time taken in this performance.

Transcribed [with optional quasi-unison mixed chorus] by James B. Sinclair from Lou Harrison's orchestration based on Ives's orchestral sketch for the song He is There!, S188 (Peer International)

- Program Note by Jonathan Elkus


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