Songs of Charles Ives and Ernst Bacon
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR675     Release Date: 2007-01-01
Helen Boatwright, soprano; John Kirkpatrick, piano; Ernst Bacon, piano


Charles Ives (1874-1954) is now widely known for all aspects of his work, though during his lifetime most of his music was unperformed. In 1922, Ives had a collection, 114 Songs, privately printed and circulated it to a list of musicians culled from the Musical Courier. For the end of the volume, Ives wrote a “Postface” which expresses what he felt about the solo song. He allows songs to speak for itself:

“A song has a few rights, the same as other ordinary citizens. If it feels like walking along the left-hand side of the street, passing the door of physiology or sit on the curb, why not let it?...Should it not have a chance to sing to itself, if it can sing?—to enjoy itself without making a bow, if it can’t make a bow?—to swim around in any ocean, if it can swim, without having to swallow “hook and bait,” or being sunk by an operatic greyhound? If it happens to feel like trying to fly

Ernst Bacon (1898-1990), whom Virgil Thomson called “one of America’s best composers,” was of that pioneering generation that found a voice for American music. Born in Chicago on May 26, 1898, Bacon’s music reflects the dual heritage of his Austrian mother, who gave him a love of song and an early start on the piano, and his American father.

As with Schubert, whose music was especially dear to Bacon, a large body of more than 250 art songs is the heart of an oeuvre that also includes numerous chamber, orchestral, and choral works, as well as descriptive pieces for piano. Accord- ing to Marshall Bialosky, Ernst Bacon was “one of the first composers to discover Emily Dickinson...and set a great number of her poems into some of the finest art song music, if not actually the very finest, of any American composer in our history.”



This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

Helen Boatwright

Songs of Charles Ives and Ernst Bacon

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Track Listing

Abide With Me
Charles Ives
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Walking
Charles Ives
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Where The Eagle
Charles Ives
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Disclosure
Charles Ives
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The White Gulls
Charles Ives
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Two Little Flowers
Charles Ives
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The Greatest Man
Charles Ives
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The Children's Hour
Charles Ives
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Berceuse
Charles Ives
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Ann Street
Charles Ives
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General William Booth Enters Into Heaven
Charles Ives
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Autumn
Charles Ives
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Swimmers
Charles Ives
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Evening
Charles Ives
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Harpalus
Charles Ives
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Tarrant Moss
Charles Ives
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Serenity
Charles Ives
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At The River
Charles Ives
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The See'r
Charles Ives
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Maple Leaves
Charles Ives
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1,2,3
Charles Ives
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Tom Sails Away
Charles Ives
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He Is There!
Charles Ives
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In Flanders Fields
Ernst Bacon
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It's All I Have to Bring
Ernst Bacon
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Eden
Ernst Bacon
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I'm Nobody
Ernst Bacon
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As Well As Jesus?
Ernst Bacon
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A Word
Ernst Bacon
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Weeping and Sighing
Ernst Bacon
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O Friend
Ernst Bacon
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She Went
Ernst Bacon
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A Threadless Way
Ernst Bacon
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The Imperial Heart
Ernst Bacon
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Summer's Lapse
Ernst Bacon
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Is There Such a Thing as Day?
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To Make a Prairie
Ernst Bacon
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Spider
Ernst Bacon
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The Grass So Little Has To Do
Ernst Bacon
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The Snake
Ernst Bacon
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So Bashful
Ernst Bacon
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Alabaster Wool
Ernst Bacon
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Eternity
Ernst Bacon
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Sunset
Ernst Bacon
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The Simple Days
Ernst Bacon
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On This Wondrous Sea
Ernst Bacon
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