Charles Ives

Composer. Born 20 October 1874. Died 19 May 1954
Charles Ives
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1874-10-20
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Charles Ives

Charles Ives Biography (BBC)

Ives embodied a new musical vision, drawing on American realities rather than European tradition. Even in his teens, he wrote startlingly experimental choral pieces. He entered the insurance business, carving out a prosperous career, and pursued his own inclinations in music. Though he could only compose at weekends and evenings, he was extremely prolific, writing in almost every genre.

A democratic idealist, he drew on the vast reservoir of American vernacular music, producing a collective memory of his nation. Debilitating illness forced him to abandon both business and composition. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1947.

Charles Ives Biography (Wikipedia)

Charles Edward Ives (October 20, 1874 – May 19, 1954) was an American modernist composer, being one of the first American composers of international renown. Previously, his music was largely ignored during his life, and many of his works went unperformed for many years, but later the quality of his music was recognized and he came to be regarded as an "American original". He was also among the first composers to engage in a systematic program of experimental music, with musical techniques including polytonality, polyrhythm, tone clusters, aleatory elements, and quarter tones. His experimentation foreshadowed many musical innovations that were later more widely adopted during the 20th century. Hence, he is often regarded as the leading American composer of art music of the 20th century.

As noted, sources of Ives' tonal imagery are hymn tunes and traditional songs; he also incorporated melodies of the town band at holiday parade, the fiddlers at Saturday night dances, patriotic songs, sentimental parlor ballads, and the melodies of Stephen Foster.

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Charles Ives Tracks

Charles Ives
'Like a sick eagle', for voice and piano
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'Like a sick eagle', for voice and piano

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String Quartet No. 2 (Arguments)
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String Quartet No. 2 (Arguments)
Charles Ives
The Unanswered question
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The Unanswered question
Charles Ives
The Unanswered Question
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The Unanswered Question
Charles Ives
The Unanswered Question
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The Unanswered Question
Charles Ives
Three Quarter-Tone Pieces (1923-1924)
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Three Quarter-Tone Pieces (1923-1924)
Charles Ives
The Alcotts (from Piano Sonata No 2 'Concord')
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The Alcotts (from Piano Sonata No 2 'Concord')
Charles Ives
Central Park in the Dark
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Central Park in the Dark
Charles Ives
The Unanswered Question
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The Unanswered Question
Charles Ives
The Fourth of July (A Symphony: New England Holidays)
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The Fourth of July (A Symphony: New England Holidays)
Charles Ives
Crossing the Bar
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Crossing the Bar
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Symphony No.3 "The Camp Meeting"
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Symphony No.3 "The Camp Meeting"
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Three Places in New England
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Three Places in New England
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Central Park In The Dark
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Central Park In The Dark
Charles Ives
The Unanswered Question
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The Unanswered Question
Andrew Childs / Wei-Han Su, Songs of Charles Ives & Charles Ives
A Scotch Lullaby
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A Scotch Lullaby

A Scotch Lullaby

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Andrew Childs / Wei-Han Su, Songs of Charles Ives
Charles Ives
Songs My Mother Taught Me
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Songs My Mother Taught Me
Charles Ives
The Unanswered Question
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The Unanswered Question
Charles Ives
Decoration Day (2nd movt from Symphony: New England Holidays)
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Decoration Day (2nd movt from Symphony: New England Holidays)
Charles Ives
A Symphony: New England Holidays
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A Symphony: New England Holidays
Charles Ives
Piano Sonata no.2 (Concord, Massachussetts) (3rd mvt: The Alcotts)
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Piano Sonata no.2 (Concord, Massachussetts) (3rd mvt: The Alcotts)
Charles Ives
3rd Mvt - The Call of the Mountains from String Quartet No. 2
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3rd Mvt - The Call of the Mountains from String Quartet No. 2
Charles Ives
The Alcotts (Piano Sonata No 2, 'Concord')
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The Alcotts (Piano Sonata No 2, 'Concord')
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The Unanswered Question
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The Unanswered Question
Charles Ives
The Housatonic at Stockbridge (Three Places In New England)
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The Housatonic at Stockbridge (Three Places In New England)
Charles Ives
Country Band March
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Country Band March
Charles Ives
Symphony No 1 (2nd mvt)
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Symphony No 1 (2nd mvt)
Charles Ives
The Unanswered Question
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The Unanswered Question
Charles Ives
Symphony no 2
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Symphony no 2
Charles Ives
Psalm 67
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Psalm 67

Psalm 67

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Tom Goeman
Choir
Princeton Singers
Conductor
Charles Ives
Holidays Symphony: ii. Decoration Day
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Holidays Symphony: ii. Decoration Day
Charles Ives
Piano Sonata no.2 (Concord MA) (3rd mvt: The Alcotts)
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Piano Sonata no.2 (Concord MA) (3rd mvt: The Alcotts)
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The Unanswered Question
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The Unanswered Question
Charles Ives
Three Quarter-tone pieces: iii. Chorale
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Three Quarter-tone pieces: iii. Chorale
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Symphony No.4
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Symphony No.4
Charles Ives
String Quartet No.1
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String Quartet No.1
Charles Ives
The Unanswered Question (2 Contemplations)
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The Unanswered Question (2 Contemplations)
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Walking
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Walking

Walking

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Gerald Finley (baritone), Julius Drake (piano)
Charles Ives
Crossing the bar (Sunset and evening ..)
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Crossing the bar (Sunset and evening ..)
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Songs my mother taught me
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Songs my mother taught me
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Memories
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Memories
Charles Ives
The Housatonic at Stockbridge
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The Housatonic at Stockbridge
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Serenity
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Serenity
Charles Ives
Orchestral Set No. 1: Three Places in New England (The Housatonic at Stockbridge)
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Orchestral Set No. 1: Three Places in New England (The Housatonic at Stockbridge)
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