Programming guide: July
1903: Date on manuscript: Pre-First Sonata for Violin and Piano, mvt. iii ("Autumn")
1912: Date on manuscript: Robert Browning Overture, sketch of mm. 312–30 "after a walk with [nephew] Moss White [Ives; born 1905]"
1913: Date on manuscript: The New River [mvt. ii of Set No. 1] arranged as song
1915: Louis Untermeyer’s "Swimmers" appears in Yale Review; Ives set it as song Swimmers.
July 2 1935: Birth of pianist Gilbert Kalish who performed for the first recordings of Largo for Violin and Piano, In Re Con Moto et al., Largo Risoluto No. 1 & 2, A Set of Three Short Pieces (mvts: Largo cantabile: Hymn, Scherzo: Holding Your Own, Adagio cantabile: The Innate) and songs The All-Enduring, The Innate, and Song (She is not fair).
July 3 1914: Date on manuscript: Ives plays piano Study No. 4 for Francis Ryder (West Redding neighbor).
Ives attempted to compose 27 studies (etudes) as Chopin had produced; complete and extant today are Studies No. 2, 5–9, 16+19, and 20–23.
July 4 1804: Birth of author Nathaniel Hawthorne at Salem, Mass. Ives composed two piano pieces inspired by Hawthorne: Hawthorne (mvt. ii of Sonata No. 2 for Piano: Concord, Mass.) and The Celestial Railroad.
July 7 1860: Birth of conductor (and composer) Gustav Mahler at Kalischt, Bohemia. Mahler admired Ives’s Symphony No. 3 and took a copyist score with him to Vienna where Mahler died without an opportunity to premiere the work.
July 8 1967: song Soliloquy (Marni Nixon [S] and John McCabe [pf]; issued in 1967 by Pye)
July 10 1933: Birth of mezzo soprano Jan DeGaetani at Massilon, Ohio. DeGaetani sang for the first recording of four Ives songs: The All-Enduring, The Innate, Song (She is not fair), and Song for Harvest Season.
July 12 1817: Birth of naturalistic and writer Henry David Thoreau at Concord, Mass. Ives memoralized Thoreau in Thoreau (mvt. iv of Sonata No. 2 for Piano: Concord, Mass.) and the song Thoreau.
July 13 1965: Premiere: band March in F and C, with "Omega Lambda Chi" (North Jersey Wind Symphony, cond. by Keith Brion), at West Caldwell, New Jersey
July 17 1935: Birth of pianist Alan Mandel. Mandel performed for the premiere and first recording of a number of Ives piano works: Studies No. 2, 5–8, 15, 20, and 23, and The Celestial Railroad, Invention in D, Set of Five Take-Offs, Varied Air and Variations, and Waltz-Rondo. Mandel accompanied in the first recordings of songs The Housatonic at Stockbridge, The Light That Is Felt, There is a lane, and The Things Our Fathers Loved.
July 28 1906: Date on manuscript: In the Cage [mvt. i of Set for Theatre Orchestra]—"Bart & Geo., 65 Central Park West [New York City]" (one of Ives’s "Poverty Flat" addresses)
July 29 1930: Birth of pianist and Ives editor George Pappastavrou at Syracuse, NY. Pappastavrou (with Stuart Warren Lanning) played the first recording of the 2-piano Three Quarter-Tone Pieces (5 May 1967) and has edited the work for future publication.
July 31 1928: Oscar Ziegler (pf) plays The Alcotts [mvt. iii of Sonata No. 2 for Piano: Concord, Mass.] at Salzburg, Austria