“Excellent . . . Budiansky tells the story movingly but plainly
to offer a persuasive explanation of Ives’s life work”
— Jeremy Denk, New York Review of Books
“Superb and genial biography” — Washington Post
“Brilliantly written . . . Ives has never before seemed so human, so real.”
— James Sinclair, music director, Orchestra New England
Welcome to the companion website for Mad Music, my new biography of the wonderfully strange and strangely wonderful American composer Charles Ives.
Here you can read an excerpt of the book, view an Ives photo gallery, explore a map of Ives’s hometown, see and hear the musical examples in the book, browse an audio guide to full-length performances of major works I discuss . . . and buy the book!