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Charles E. Ives, American composer. Awarded Pulitzer Music Prize, May, 1947. member National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1945.

Background

Ives, Charles E. was born on October 20, 1874 in Danbury, Connecticut, United States. Son of George E. Ives (musician) and Mary (Parmelee) Ives.

Education

Studied music appreciation, harmony, counterpoint, instrumentation with his father. Studied organ with Dudley Buck. Bachelor of Arts, Yale University, 1898.

Studied with Horatio W. Parker at Yale.

Career

1 daughter, Edith (Mistress George G. Tyler). Organist Congress Church, Danbury, 1887. Organist St. Thomas Church, New Haven, Connecticut, 1893-1894, Centre Church, New Haven, 1894-1898.

Organist and choir master, First Presbyterian Church, Bloomfield, New Jersey, 1898-1900, Central Presbyterian Church, New York City, 1900-1902. Clerk with Mutual Life Insurance Company, 1898-1906. Formed insurance firm of Ives & Myrick and active, 1906-1930.

Retired from business. Composer of songs, organ music, 4 symphonies, 4 violin sonatas, 2 piano sonatas, album of other piano music, 3 orchestral suites, 11 volumes of chamber music for various groups of instruments or chamber orchestras, also string quartets, trios, etc., choral music with and without orchestra, and instrumental groups, etc. Works include: Variations on America for organ, 1889.

Anthems, hymns, psalms and choral works, 1888-1904. Songs (about 150), 1886-1928. Intercollegiate (march for military band), 1895.

Harvest Festival (chorus, organ, trumpets, trombones), 1898. First String Quartet, Revival Service, 1896. First Symphony (D minor), 1898.

Second Symphony, 1897-1902. First Piano Sonata, 1902-1908. Third Symphony, 1911.

Fourth Symphony, 1910-1916. Symphony, Holidays: Washington’s Birthday, 1913. Decoration Day, 1912.

The Fourth of July, 1912-1913. Thanksgiving Day, 1904. Set for Theater Orchestra, 1906-1911.

Browning Overture, 1905-1912. The Unanswered Question—a Cosmic Landscape (orchestra), 1908. Second Piano Sonata: Concord, Massachusetts, 1840-1860, Emerson, Hawthorne, The Alcotts, Thoreau, 1911-1915.

For various groups of instruments or chamber orchestras (some with voices: Largo Cantabile, 1904. Adagio: The Innate, 1908. The Rainbow, 1914; The Pond, Halloween, From the Steeple and the Mountains, 1904-1914.

Gong on the Hook and Ladder—Firemen’s Parade on Main Street, 1912. Calcium Light Night, 1897. Aeschylus and Sophocles, 1922.

Over the Pavements, 1906-1913. The Last Reader, 1911. Children’s Day at the Camp Meeting, Fourth Violin Sonata, 1915.

Quarter-tone Music; Chorales for Strings, 1913-1914. A war march, They Are There, 1917. Three Tone Roads—on the way to Town Meetings, 1911-1919.

The Indians, 1912; On the Antipodes, 1915-1923. Works for chorus and orchestra. Lincoln, the Great Commoner, 1912.

The Masses, 1915; An Election, 1920. General Booth’s Entrance into Heaven, 1914. December, 1912; The New River, 1912.

First Orchestral Set: Three Places in New England: Boston Common, Putnam’s Camp, in Redding, The Housatonic at Stockbridge, 1914. Second Orchestral Set: An Elegy to Our Forefathers, The Rock-strewn Hills Join in the People’s Outdoor Meeting, From Hanover Square North on a Tragic Day—a Theme of the People Again Arose, 1915. Elected member National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1945.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Composer of songs, organ music, 4 symphonies, 4 violin sonatas, 2 piano sonatas, album of other piano music, 3 orchestral suites, 11 volumes of chamber music for various groups of instruments or chamber orchestras, also string quartets, trios, etc., choral music with and without orchestra, and instrumental groups, etc. Works include: Variations on America for organ, 1889. Anthems, hymns, psalms and choral works, 1888-1904.

      Songs (about 150), 1886-1928. Intercollegiate (march for military band), 1895. Harvest Festival (chorus, organ, trumpets, trombones), 1898.

      First String Quartet, Revival Service, 1896. First Symphony (D minor), 1898. Second Symphony, 1897-1902.

      First Piano Sonata, 1902-1908. Third Symphony, 1911. Fourth Symphony, 1910-1916.

      Symphony, Holidays: Washington’s Birthday, 1913. Decoration Day, 1912. The Fourth of July, 1912-1913.

      Thanksgiving Day, 1904. Set for Theater Orchestra, 1906-1911. Browning Overture, 1905-1912.

      The Unanswered Question—a Cosmic Landscape (orchestra), 1908. Second Piano Sonata: Concord, Massachusetts, 1840-1860, Emerson, Hawthorne, The Alcotts, Thoreau, 1911-1915. For various groups of instruments or chamber orchestras (some with voices: Largo Cantabile, 1904.

      Adagio: The Innate, 1908. The Rainbow, 1914

    • The Pond, Halloween, From the Steeple and the Mountains, 1904-1914. Gong on the Hook and Ladder—Firemen’s Parade on Main Street, 1912.

      Calcium Light Night, 1897. Aeschylus and Sophocles, 1922. Over the Pavements, 1906-1913.

      The Last Reader, 1911. Children’s Day at the Camp Meeting, Fourth Violin Sonata, 1915. Quarter-tone Music

    • Chorales for Strings, 1913-1914.

      A war march, They Are There, 1917. Three Tone Roads—on the way to Town Meetings, 1911-1919. The Indians, 1912

    • On the Antipodes, 1915-1923.

      Works for chorus and orchestra. Lincoln, the Great Commoner, 1912. The Masses, 1915

    • An Election, 1920.

      General Booth’s Entrance into Heaven, 1914. December, 1912

    • The New River, 1912. First Orchestral Set: Three Places in New England: Boston Common, Putnam’s Camp, in Redding, The Housatonic at Stockbridge, 1914.

      Second Orchestral Set: An Elegy to Our Forefathers, The Rock-strewn Hills Join in the People’s Outdoor Meeting, From Hanover Square North on a Tragic Day—a Theme of the People Again Arose, 1915. Elected member National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1945. Awarded Pulitzer Music Prize, May, 1947.

      Henry Hadley medal by National Association for American Condrs. and Composers, June 1948.

Membership

Member National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1945.

Connections

Married Harmony Twichell, 1908.

father:
George E. Ives Ives

spouse:
Harmony Twichell