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Charles Ives

Charles Ives was the son of George Ives, a Danbury, Connecticut bandmaster and a musical experimenter whose approach heavily influenced his son. Charles Ives' musical skills quickly developed; he was playing organ from the age of 12 and began to compose at 13. In 1894 Ives entered Yale to study music, and his father died at age 40 from a heart attack. Professor Horatio T. Parker was not at all interested in encouraging Ives' experimental style. After college Ives, co-founded the first Mutual Life Insurance office in Manhattan. Ives would become a very wealthy insurance executive. Ives continued to compose his music on commuter trains, in the evening, and on weekends, writing what pleased him without worrying what the outside world might think of it. After reciveing a copy of the Concord Sonata, Edgard Varèse and Henry Cowell, became Ives' strongest advocate. Soon Ives' music began to appear on concert programs, and when Cowell launched his New Music Quarterly in 1927. In 1947 Ives was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in music for his Symphony No. 3, completed nearly 40 years earlier.


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Chromâtimelôdtune Chamber Orchestra 12.95P R 6:00 -

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