47th out of 70 books — 6 voters
The Extraordinary Music of Mr. Ives: The True Story of a Famous American Composer
When the Lusitania was attacked in 1915, the American composer and New Yorker Charles Ives transformed the experience of this heartbreaking news into a musical piece. It begins with a jumble of traffic noises, then the hurdy-gurdy swells into the lovely old hymn “In the Sweet Bye-and-Bye.” In lyrical text and watercolors—sometimes in dramatic wordless spreads—this thoughtf...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 28th 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers
(first published October 9th 2012)
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(Grades 1-4) True story of Charles Ives who composed music that was not appreciated until after his death. This book focuses on the music that was inspired by the sinking of the Lusitania. The thing I loved most about this book is how poetic it is. Brief biography included along with additional sources.