Je Suis Charlie (Ives): An Analysis of “Charlie Rutlage”

Among the many fascinating contradictions of the music of America’s favorite composer-cum-insurance-salesman, Charles Edward Ives–a body of work that decorated him as a homegrown cultural hero and sorted out the paperwork for his immortality–one of the most humorous and bewildering remains the frustrating series of conundrums it presents to any… {Read More}

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The Trigonometry of Samba: An Analysis of Brazilian Rhythm

As I carefully cut through the tape enveloping the cardboard box, I knew at once that I’d made what one might call an error of pragmatism. By the end of the day, I concluded that I was an idiot. It was a stupid mistake, all the more so because I… {Read More}

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