Publisher description for The extraordinary music of Mr. Ives / written and illustrated by Joanne Stanbridge.


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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 thoughtful picture book reveals not only a wartime tragedy, but a composer’s conviction that everyday music can convey profound emotion—and help heal a city. Young readers will understand that if they listen, music can be heard in the unlikeliest of places, from the busy chatter of a market to the wail of a fire engine.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Ives, Charles, -- 1874-1954 -- Juvenile literature.
Composers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Ives, Charles, -- 1874-1954.
Composers.