Charles Ives Composer Report
At the age of fourteen, Ivies became a church organist and wrote hymns and songs for church services.
As much as he loved music, he realized it was not a practical way to make money, so he began going to school at Yale in September of 1894. His father died In November of 1894. While at Yale, he studied music under Horopito Parker, a composer and teacher. He also played football. He wrote some works during this time, but after he graduated he went Into compose music for pleasure, Instead of relying on the money It would bring.He and a friend opened their own insurance company called Ivies & Myriad, which is where he retired. Ivies suffered several “heart attacks” starting in 1907.
These were never confirmed though, and may have been more psychological than physiological. He married Harmony Twitchier in 1908. Very few of his works had public performances. Ivies was much more recognized in death, than he was in life. After he died off stroke in 1954, his wife undiscovered dozens of works and arranged for them to be published and performed. He is dubbed one of America’s greatest artists, combining American, church music and European art music. He published a large variety of songs.
He composed string quartets, chamber music, and Instrumental music, along with symphonies and sonatas. Ivies’ First orchestral set “Putnam camp” Running Time: 6:14 complete analysis in Zorn book, up. 99-301. COMMENTS: Ivies’ first orchestral set, “Putnam Camp” has a pleasing sound to listen to.It’s located on up. 299-301. Listen to this piece because it will help you to identify one of the listening examples on the final.
Ivies was a modernist composer and majored in Business at Yale. He was a millionaire from the Insurance industry, and did not hear his music until It was discovered In 1939. After that, his music was known In academic circles. WEB LINKS: http://www. Tablespoonful. Com/profiles/Charles-elves-31 5. PH http:// www.