The following conclusion is therefore incontrovertible and must be addressed:. The location of the BU should allow two conductors to maintain visual contact throughout the movement. However, the proportion ratios in the two charts provided above are provided at each juncture in the movement, so the related tempos betweeen the two ensembles may be easily derived regardless of whether the OU is following the BU or more likely the BU is following the OU.
The measures and their Roman numerals are:. Ives intended the tempo ratios between the OU and BU in the fourth movement to obtain throughout.
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In either case, the indicated proportions in the full score must obtain, and two conductors working in tandem are therefore indispensable. Ives originally scored this movement to begin with the present measure 1, with the BU and the Contrabasses playing together from the start.
Ives then changed his mind, and decided that the BU percussion could optionally play its seven measure cycle alone at the beginning of the movement, without the Basses, followed by a repetition of the entire percussion with the Basses. Ives made no provision for how the measures should be renumbered to account for this.
Therefore, this edition designates the opening solo percussion pattern as optional measures A through G. The Percussion cycle is seven measures long, except for the Snare Drum: its cycle is a half rest longer than the cycles of the other instruments. If the BU is to follow the OU a more reasonable interpretive decision, given the romantic nature of the music of the OU, which lends itself to agogic phrasing , then the following proportions would be used by the BU in the rondo:.
The metrical shift from duple time to compound time seems merely a notational shorthand. The most likely reading is t. If resolving this is important for the conductor, the Alternate Snare Drum Part is a tenable solution. Dynamic Swell in the BU The initial crescendo swell in the BU in the fourth movement is apparently desired for the entire movement evidence for this is found in the oblong MS score. Care must be taken to attenuate the dynamics, however. In many cases, the forte f midpoint of the BU cycle matches structural high points in the music of the OU where its music is loud. In other cases, the forte midpoint of the BU works against the character of the OU music where it is soft.
It is likely that Ives did not consider these occasional clashes of character, and so the conductor might instruct the BU to reduce its dynamic swell according to the nature of the OU music on a passage-bypassage basis. Notice that in m. The Celesta may optionally double the melody here. If that note is played by the Piano, it should not be played by the Celesta. Tempo Malfunction in the Comedy, m.
This apparently represents the initial acceleration of the locomotive in the Celestial Railroad program, climaxing with the train whistles in the winds at mm. However, the dyssynchrony extends over the latter seven measures of the passage. The seven measures from mm. The arrival point for MM stated by Ives is either at the beginning of m. This is computed assuming a constant, even addition of 2. The remaining eight quarter beats mm.
Counting from the downbeat of m. In real terms, this simply means:. It woud be helpful to clarify this interaction for the two players and ensure that the passage is executed correctly.
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It is therefore worthwhile to examine this section in terms of the mathematics of the accelerando of the Upper Orchestra and where it should logically arrive. From this we may draw conclusions about what liberties the conductor has for executing the passage a piacere as well as strictly, i.
From mm. But then, starting at m. There is an indication for the Upper Orchestra at m. The graphics of the score are intentionally set to align the two groups at that point for that reason. For the maximum duration, a deceleration from to 96 spread evenly across 12 quarter notes requires a reduction of 2.
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This will run 6. For the minimum duration, a deceleration from to spread evenly across 12 quarter notes requires a reduction of. Therefore, the three bars performed by the decelerating Main Orchestra will run between 6. Again, mathematics omitted here for brevity. If it happens later than m. The important thing, again, is that the result is musical. It would seem best only for the last two measures of the Lower Orchestra to sound i.
In mm. But what does this means for an interpretation and execution of the passage? This makes star-shaped asterisks an ideal glyph for original editorial comments throughout the full score. It is therefore important to keep this in mind when comparing the two scores, and especially important to use the Critical Edition only for scholarly reference, not for rehearsal or performance purposes.
However, to avoid confusion between rehearsal numbers and measure numbers e. Therefore rehearsal [R12] is at measure 65, etc. Text Instructions in the Parts Orchestral players are accustomed to playing from parts that simply contain music notation and the traditional terms of musical expression and tempo designations. This symphony is so complex that there is a healthy amount of text instructions in each part, and the instructions explain the complex notations in the parts and how they should be conceptualized and negotiated.
It would therefore be wise to exhort the players to read the text in their parts carefully and consult the conductor with anything that causes any confusion. Pages from the more complicated parts are reproduced in full for the conductor to study in the following section entitled Part Pages That May Require Explanation. The conductor is likewise encouraged to study that entry in full in anticipation of any questions the players of those parts may have during rehearsals.
Final Thoughts Despite its wealth of modernisms, this work by Ives is perhaps the last great romantic symphony. It is the wine of late nineteenth-century American musical culture fermented in an early twentieth-century bottle. All of the devices employed by the composer—some of the most challenging to be found in the symphonic literature—are but means to a great and expressive end.
The individual parts transcend and inform the whole, which is music of humor, profundity, pathos, and humanity.
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While all of the part pages are designed to be self-explanatory, some of them may still prompt questions from the players. These will be easier for the conductor to answer if the conductor can see the part. What follows are the part pages in question that require special understanding. Each is preceded by a written explanation of the issue or issues on the pages and how the graphics of each page should clarify the problem and its solution. If Extra Violin II is played on stage, the two Desk 6 players initially play independently of the main orchestra, but then one of them rejoins the main orchestra while the other continues to play independently.
This requires a two-page spread in which one player reads from one page and the other player reads from the other page. As formatted below, Player 2 reads from the left-hand page and Player 1 reads from the right-hand page.
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Player 2 continues the written pattern. Player 1 is advised to cue Player 2 at that point.
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