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The Things our Fathers Loved

First line:
I think there must be a place in the soul
author of text

The Things our Fathers Loved (1917), subtitled ‘(and the greatest of these was Liberty)’, is one of Ives’s greatest songs, one of his crucial statements about what his music is about, and typically woven from a veritable tapestry of quotations of tunes, including ‘Dixie’, ‘My Old Kentucky Home’, ‘The Battle Cry of Freedom’ and ‘In the sweet Bye and Bye’. The date of composition is significant: Ives thought it was important to remember the values he felt were enshrined in these melodies, as America entered the Great War.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2005

The Things our Fathers Loved (1917) [«Les choses que nos pères aimaient»], sous-titrée «(and the greatest of these was Liberty)» [«(et la plus grande était la liberté)»], est l’une des plus grandes mélodies de Ives, l’une de ses assertions cruciales sur ce qu’est sa musique, tissée, bien sûr, à partir d’une véritable tapisserie d’airs comme «Dixie», «My Old Kentucky Home», «The Battle Cry of Freedom» et «In the sweet Bye and Bye». La date de composition est importante: à l’heure où l’Amérique entrait dans la Grande guerre, Ives jugea bon de rappeler les valeurs qu’il voyait tout entières contenues dans ces mélodies.

extrait des notes rédigées par Calum MacDonald © 2005
Français: Hypérion

Das Lied The Things our Fathers Loved (1917) [„Die Dinge, die unsere Väter liebten“], mit dem Untertitel „und das größte davon war Freiheit“, zählt zu Ives’ hervorragendsten Liedschöpfungen und zu den besten Beispielen für sein kompositorisches Anliegen. Typisch für Ives besteht das Lied aus einem wahren Teppich aus ineinander geflochtenen Liedzitaten wie zum Beispiel „Dixie“, „My Old Kentucky Home“ [„Meine alte Heimat in Kentucky“], „The Battle Cry of Freedom“ [„Der Schlachtruf nach Freiheit“] und „In the Sweet Bye and Bye“ [„Im süßen Abschied“]. Das Kompositionsdatum ist von Bedeutung: Ives hielt es offensichtlich für wichtig, die Werte, die er in diesen Melodien verkörpert glaubte, gerade zu einem Zeitpunkt zu betonen, wo Amerika in den Ersten Weltkrieg eintrat.

aus dem Begleittext von Calum MacDonald © 2005
Deutsch: Elke Hockings


Ives: A Song - For Anything


Track 2 on CDA67516 [1'54]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67516 track 2

Recording date
12 November 2004
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. Ives: A Song - For Anything (CDA67516)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: September 2005
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