Charles Ives Rare and Non-Commercial Sound Recordings Collection available online

We have received the following from Jonathan Manton (Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University):
The Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University (USA) is pleased to announce the completion of an 18-month project, generously funded by a grant from the Grammy Museum, focused on preserving approximately 335 hours of unique non-commercial audio, predominantly from 1937-1956, featuring music by Charles Ives (1874-1954). The 436 recordings, that now make up the Charles Ives Rare and Non-Commercial Sound Recordings Collection (MSS 14 HSR), many on highly fragile legacy recording formats, were digitized during the project and are now available for research. The finding aid for the collection, which includes links to streaming access for each recording, can be found at 

In addition to preserving these important recordings, Yale University Library was also able to successfully secure the necessary rights to make one of the most important sets of recordings in the collection available to stream globally. These publicly available recordings include one of Ives’ most noted works, his Piano Sonata No.2, "Concord, Mass, 1840-1860,” performed by the renowned Ives interpreter, John Kirkpatrick. The recordings capture six different performances of the work by Kirkpatrick at different stages of his career, from the World Premiere at New York Town Hall on January 20th, 1939, to the first radio broadcasts on WABC in New York on March 24th and 31st 1939, through to a performance at Yale University in 1969. The 1939 performances are particularly notable as they are the earliest known complete recordings of the work, predating the first commercial recording, also performed by Kirkpatrick, by nine years. None of these recordings have been available until now.

All other materials in the collection are available to stream when connected to the Yale network. 

More details, including links to playlists for the publicly available content highlighted above can be found on our website


English French German Italian Portuguese Russian Spanish