The Creative Charles Ives
was born in Danbury, Connecticut in 1874 and died in New York in
1954. At fourteen years of age, he became the organist at Danbury
Baptist Church. During this time, he wrote his Variations on ‘America’.
1891 he attended Yale, studying with Dudley Buck (organ) and Horatio
Parker (composition). In 1907, Ives opened his own insurance agency,
deciding to divide his time between his business and his composing.
most important composing happened up to and including the year 1917.
His Third Symphony
(The Camp Meeting) was a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1947, although
it was actually written in 1904.
worked too hard and damaged his health. In 1918, he developed some
serious heart damage, which forced him to cut back his workload
until his retirement in 1930.
Amazing Ives Fact
father enjoyed experimenting with music (polytonality, quartertones,
etc…) and was a huge influence.