Oct. 20, 1874
Danbury, Connecticut, U.S.A.
May 19, 1954 in New York City
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Innovative American composer of the 20th century, first major composer from America and the first known composer of polytonal pieces.
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He wrote symphonies, sonatas, chamber music, vocal and piano pieces, often based on American themes.
His father, who was a bandleader and music teacher, was Charles Ives' first music teacher. In 1894, he studied with Horatio Parker at Yale University.
Among his notable works are: 114 songs, "Third Symphony," "Second Piano Sonata (Concord)," "Variations on America," "Three Places in New England," "Central Park in the Dark" and "General William Booth Enters into Heaven."
He worked as an insurance clerk and was very successful in his position that, by 1906, he even formed an insurance partnership called Ives & Myrick with his friend Julian Myrick. In 1930, he retired from his insurance business.
Ives was married to Harmony Twichell. His Third Symphony won a Pulitzer Prize in 1947.
Listen to Charles Ibes perform his "Piano Sonata No. 2, Third Movement (The Alcotts)" courtesy of YouTube.