Charles Ives

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Ives, Charles

(īvz), 1874–1954, American composer and organist, b. Danbury, Conn., grad. Yale, 1898; pupil of Dudley Buck and Horatio Parker. He was an organist (1893–1904) in churches in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. In the insurance business from 1898 to 1930, Ives was concurrently composing music that was extremely original, iconoclastic, and advanced in style, anticipating some of the innovations of Schoenberg and Stravinsky, but not influencing musical trends because most of his works were not published as they were written. They were little known until 1939, when performance of his second piano sonata, Concord (1911–15), won him wide recognition. In 1947 his Third Symphony was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Ives's compositions include four numbered symphonies, orchestral suites, sonatas, organ pieces, choral works, a great deal of chamber music, and about 150 songs. His works are frequently dissonant, harmonically dense, and lushly scored with complexly layered themes, textures, and rhythms. In addition, he often uses vernacular American music, e.g., folk music, hymns and spirituals, marches, dances, rags, blues, and parlor songs, in his compositions, evoking the spirit of such aspects of American life as revival meetings and brass-band parades.


See his Essays before a Sonata (new ed. 1962) and his Memos, ed. by J. E. Kirkpatrick (1972); biographies by H. and S. Cowell (rev. ed. 1969) and S. Budiansky (2014); V. Perlis, Charles Ives Remembered (1974); R. S. Perry, Charles Ives and the American Mind (1974); H. W. Hitchcock, Ives (1977).

Ives, Charles (Edward)

(1874–1954) composer; born in Danbury, Conn. An organ prodigy, he was first trained by his bandmaster father, who also instilled a penchant for musical experiment. At Yale (1894–98) he learned much from the conservative Horatio Parker, but in view of his advanced musical ideas he decided not to pursue a career in music. After college he entered the insurance business in New York and over the next three decades he would rise nearly to the top of that profession. At the same time, after leaving his last church-organist job in 1902, he began a perhaps unprecedented period of creative isolation for a major composer; for twenty years, in his spare time, he composed prolifically and with growing confidence and maturity, although during those years his music was rarely heard in public. His important works, all marked by a unique blend of prophetic experiment and familiar American material, include the Concord Sonata, Three Places in New England, the Holidays Symphony, and the Fourth Symphony. Following a serious heart attack in 1918, his health and productivity declined; his last new pieces date from the mid-1920s. He lived his last decades as an invalid in New York City and West Redding, Conn., promoting his music as best he could and revising pieces; meanwhile, various enthusiasts gradually spread his music into the world.
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As Budiansky describes it, were it not for the fact that Charles Ives thought he might die imminently, he may have never published the original run of 114 Songs and the "Concord" Sonata, which ultimately brought his music to the world's attention, as the prospect of publishing his work made him "scared stiff" (p.
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4) Of the three, Hertz has taken the largest gamble, tracing his unfoldings in three artists from three art forms of the twentieth century: Frank Lloyd Wright in architecture, Wallace Stevens in poetry, and Charles Ives in music (as well as citing, along the way, Emerson's connection to more familiar figures--Thoreau, Whitman, Horatio Greenough, and Louis Sullivan).
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Charles Ives in the Mirror: American Histories of an Iconic Composer.
30pm, when the Gould Piano Trio will play music by Mozart, Schubert and the American composer, Charles Ives.
Not so much Lorca, more like Charles Ives Goes Down Mexico Way perhaps?
Bach, Samuel Barber, Cesar Franck, Louis Vierne and Charles Ives ("Variations on `America'").
The first half of Saturday's concert includes work by Baroque pioneers Giovanni Gabrieli and Hans Leo Hassler, and music by American composers such as Eric Whitacre and Charles Ives.
His works have been performed at numerous festivals and conferences and have garnered several awards including Charles Ives Scholarship from the Academy of Arts and Letters.
Conductor Robert Ponto will lead the ensemble in "Courtly Airs and Dances" by Ron Nelson, "Emblems" by Aaron Copland, "The Alcotts" by Charles Ives, "It Perched for Vespers Nine" by Joel Puckett and "Slava