Dear Mr. Tyler,
Since the beginning of August, lovers of Charles Ives’s music worldwide have joined together to support the efforts of the Charles Ives Society to purchase and preserve the West Redding house where your grandfather, America’s great composer, lived and worked. Messages of concern about the house have been shared by thousands of people in places as far away as Mexico, Taiwan, Brazil, Italy, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Canada, Bulgaria, Spain, France, Hungary, Germany, India, Portugal, and Australia. Prominent musicians have pledged their support, and articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, among other periodicals. We believe that Charles Ives’s West Redding house is a place of world-historical significance, and we continue to support the Charles Ives Society’s project to honor and promote your grandfather’s legacy in this beautiful and historic site. Please reconsider your recent decision to sell the house to a private party, and continue to work with the Charles Ives Society so that Charles Ives’s house may continue to be a place of creativity for future generations.
From the Wall Street Journal:
An article in Slate by historian Jan Swafford: