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Old Home Days

Charles Ives, composer

Old Home Days is a collection of songs in a five-movement suite that clearly presents the composer Charles Ives’ love of familiar tunes and grass-roots music making. Ives was born in Danbury, Connecticut, in 1874, and his father, an accomplished cornet player and Civil War bandmaster, was Charles’ first and most influential music teacher. While he insisted on the mastery of traditional music practice, his imaginative teaching also inspired Charles’ remarkable experiments with new kinds of musical sounds.

—published score


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