Discarded (and Salvaged) Ives

Charles Ives’ Largo for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano is the result of an interesting compositional evolution. It began life as the second movement of a violin sonata Ives wrote as a student, but it was later discarded and replaced with a different slow movement based on The Old Oaken Bucket. In 1902, this music was salvaged and transformed, perhaps as part of a now lost trio.

The irregular opening piano ostinato lulls us into a dreamlike soundscape. It’s easy to imagine wind chimes wafting in a gentle summer afternoon breeze on some distant New England porch. A few moments later, the pulse temporarily melts away into a sea of rhythmic complexity. As with many of Ives’ works, the final notes fade away into an eternal subconscious.

Here is a 1990 recording featuring clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, violinist Lucy Chapman-Stoltzman, and pianist Richard Goode:

Recordings

  • Ives: Largo for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano, Richard Stoltzman, Lucy Chapman-Stoltzman, Richard Goode iTunes

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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