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Ivess Putnams Camp is a piece that flows like a dreamy poem depicting a boy enjoying a Fourth of July picnic at a former Revolutionary War campground It begins with a loud blast of a horn and continues with a vibrant and eccentric march theme Bit and pieces of Sousa marches and patriotic tunes are incorporated to make up a splendid arrangement of different tones and melodies Musical quotes intrude on the dissonant confusion and pull us out into different perspectives He yanks us back and forth between the two bands and makes our minds wander in and out between places The whole concept of playing with our perception and sense of space is an entirely modern idea Ives makes use of patriotic quotes like Yankee Doodle and puts them in a whole new context It is also important to note that Ives wrote not for a public but for himself This was another modern approach to music He was one of the innovators of his time who thought that music can exist merely as a piece written on paper The boy that is supposed to be the subject of Ives poetical piece wanders off and falls asleep He dreams of struggles of the soldiers of long ago He imagines that he hears General Putnam coming over the hill to save the troops At this point in the music and there is a juxtaposition of two bands One is a string and woodwind band and the other is composed of piano drums and trumpet They approach the boy and pass each other playing different tunes in different keys and in different meters When the boy wakes up he hears sounds of celebration and meets his friends at the picnic With a casual reference to The Star Spangled Banner the piece ends on a piercing note just like it begins The texture of this piece is so thick that repeated parts become the missing
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