Symphony No.3 (Ives, Charles)

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Sheet Music


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Publisher. Info. New York: Associated Music Publishers, 1947/1964. Plate AMP-9623-33.
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General Information

Work Title Symphony No.3
Alternative. Title The Camp Meeting
Composer Ives, Charles
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. ICI 13
Key B-flat major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 movements:
  1. Old Folks Gatherin' (Andante maestoso)
  2. Children's Day (Allegro)
  3. Communion (Largo)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1901-12 (see below: 1909 revision lost?)
First Performance. 1947-05-05 in New York
New York Little Symphony, Lou Harrison (conductor)
First Publication. 1947
Average DurationAvg. Duration 17-20 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Orchestra: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 2 horns, trombone, bells (opt.), strings
External Links Wikipedia article
Somewhat more recent edition with interesting preface (discusses history of work. For perusal)

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Recipient of the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

"1901-12" dates: according to preface, the work originated (as prototypes) in three organ works (no longer in existence) first performed by Ives between May and December 1901. Sketches from around 1902 do exist elaborating this material symphonicaly, and "in 1904 he completed a full pencil score of the Third Symphony". He revised this in 1909, and a copy of this was made in 1911 (the 1909 score has been lost-- see link...) - so that the extent of any differences - if there are any- between the 1909 and 1911 versions cannot be determined now). The dates 1901-12 are Ives' own, but 1901-11 may also work from this information, with the understanding that the version we actually have is probably the 1904 version and the later (1909) versions are probably lost. The premiere ultimately was made from the 1904 manuscript, copied out and parts extracted by the conductor.