Piano Sonata No. 2, "Concord," With the Essays Before a Sonata
By Charles Ives / ed. Stephen Drury
The Piano Sonata No. 2, commonly known as the Concord Sonata, embodies many of Charles Ives' experimental techniques and ranks among his best-known and most highly regarded works. The four movements are named for Concord, Massachusetts–based literary figures associated with Transcendentalism. This edition includes the original essays on Emerson, Hawthorne, the Alcotts, and Thoreau that accompanied the 1920 Knickerbocker edition. An informative Introduction by Stephen Drury, the editor of this edition and an expert performer of the work, places the Concord in its historic context. This affordably priced volume will delight intermediate- and advanced-level pianists as well as collectors and enthusiasts of twentieth-century American music.