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.
Stanbridge, Joanne, 1960-
The extraordinary music of Mr. Ives
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2012.
1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,23 x 29 cm.
"The true story of a famous American composer."
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Statement of Responsibility:
written and illustrated by Joanne Stanbridge
Ives, Charles, 1874-1954 Juvenile literature.
Composers United States Biography Juvenile literature.