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They are there!

First line:
There's a time in many a life
1917; revised 1942
author of text

When the USA entered the Great War in 1917, Ives wrote a number of ‘war songs’. The barnstorming They are There! (subtitled Fighting for the People’s New Free World) is composed to a text of his own. (Strictly speaking, in 1917 the song was He is There!: They are There! is the revision Ives made of it in 1942 for use in World War 2.) This is a quick march in 4/4 time, and over a dozen patriotic songs are quoted in the piano part and voice, including The Battle Cry of Freedom, The Star-Spangled Banner and Reveille. For all his pacificism, Ives was pugnacious in his defence of democracy, which shines through in his own privately recorded performance of this song, singing to his own accompaniment.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2008

Quand les États-Unis entrèrent dans la Grande Guerre, en 1917, Ives écrivit plusieurs «chants de guerre». They are there! («Ils sont là», sous-titré Fighting for the People’s New Free World) se fonde sur un texte de son cru. (À strictement parler, la mélodie de 1917 s’intitulait He is there!; They are there! est la révision qu’Ives en fit en 1942, dans l’optique de la Seconde Guerre mondiale.) C’est une marche rapide, à 4/4, qui cite une bonne douzaine de chants patriotiques (piano et voix), notamment The Battle Cry of Freedom, The Star-Spangled Banner et Reveille. Malgré tout son pacifisme, Ives défendit avec pugnacité la démocratie, comme l’atteste un enregistrement privé sur lequel on l’entend chanter cette mélodie en s’accompagnant au piano.

extrait des notes rédigées par Calum MacDonald © 2008
Français: Hypérion

Als die USA 1917 in den Ersten Weltkrieg eintraten, schrieb Ives eine Anzahl von „Kriegsliedern“. Das mitreißende They are there! (mit dem Untertitel Fighting for the People’s New Free World) ist auf einen seiner eigenen Texte komponiert. (Genau genommen hieß das Lied 1917 He is there!They are there! ist die Revision, die Ives zum Gebrauch während des Zweiten Weltkriegs machte.) Es ist ein Schnellmarsch im 4/4-Takt, und in der Klavier- und Singstimme werden über ein Dutzend patriotischer Lieder zitiert, darunter The Battle Cry of Freedom, The Star-Spangled Banner und Reveille. Trotz all seines Pazifismus’ verteidigte Ives die Demokratie kampflustig, was in seiner eigenen Privataufnahme dieses Liedes durchscheint, in der er selbst zu seiner eigenen Begleitung sang.

aus dem Begleittext von Calum MacDonald © 2008
Deutsch: Renate Wendel


Ives: Romanzo di Central Park & other songs


Track 12 on CDA67644 [2'53]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67644 track 12

Recording date
20 February 2007
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. Ives: Romanzo di Central Park & other songs (CDA67644)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: February 2008
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