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  • You end up playing syncopated figures against yourself, and have to be able to keep two ideas in your head at once — that's something that is especially Ivesian.

    Denk and Ives, Partners in Pianism

  • With a sort of Ivesian ability to conjure up mental pictures, Zorn gives us a few seconds of chases and stately processions, cartoon silliness and Bronx cheers, snatches of well-known classical pieces, false endings, and beginnings that have a hard time getting started.

    In performance: Alexander and Afiara Quartets

  • Sometimes I Feel Alive (1998), to texts by e.e. cummings, explores aspects of love from the sensual to the selfless through an appealing blend of jazzy pop-music rhythms, canonic writing (at which Wachner excels), and hymnlike choral blending with a near-Ivesian sound.

    On CD: Julian Wachner

  • Like the sleek Ivesian lines of the iPod itself, you my friend have a work of great design.

    Yeah, I met this girl

  • Though it seemed an odd way to open a concert, as if we were about to attend a Methodist church service, it was strange, craggy, and Ivesian music.

    Armenian Perfume and Yankee Hymns

  • Seems like a hell of a great verse for an Ivesian-type song.

    Holy Hell Arrives Today

  • First, thehousepianist got on the piano and showed the Wolf Man how one could improvise scales according Ivesian intervals, like doing scales, say a major C scale, in do-re...then E-flat to me...then fa so G# la ti do.

    A One-Arm Writer Just Walked Back in the Door

  • The great musical essayist Michael Steinberg had a wonderful piece in the program explaining the music, which he calls an "Ivesian Four Seaons," a perfect description.

    Archive 2006-04-01

  • The highly knowledgeable Elliott Carter, Ivesian since the 1920s, surprised me by being "entirely in agreement with everything [I] said."


  • Rob Deemer's "Grand Dragon," excerpted from a string quartet inspired by a series of paintings, presented a merry Ivesian entanglement of folk themes, and Mr. Biggs's "Steal Away" also from a longer work, ruminated eloquently on the spiritual by that name.

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