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Biography[ edit ] Charles Ives, c. He also taught music theory and a number of instruments. His father's unique music lessons to him and his brother Joseph Moss Ives  February 5, — April 8, [ citation needed ] were also a strong influence on him; George took an open-minded approach to theory, encouraging him to experiment in bitonal and polytonal harmonizations.
It was from him that Ives also learned the music of Stephen Foster. It is considered challenging even by modern concert organists, but he famously spoke of it as being "as much fun as playing baseball ", a commentary on his own organ technique at that age.
Here he composed in a choral style similar to his mentor, writing church music and even an campaign song for William McKinley. His brother Moss later became a lawyer. Murphy, his coach, once remarked that it was a "crying shame" that he spent so much time at music as otherwise he could have been a champion sprinter.
He wrote his Symphony No. Soon after he graduated from Yale in he started work in the actuarial department of the Mutual Life Insurance company of New York.
As a result of this he achieved considerable fame in the insurance industry of his time, with many of his business peers surprised to learn that he was also a composer. These attacks may have been psychological in origin rather than physical.
Following his recovery from the attack, Ives entered into one of the most creative periods of his life as a composer. Ives had a remarkably successful career in insurance. He also continued to be a prolific composer until he suffered another of several heart attacks inafter which he composed very little.
He wrote his last piece, the song "Sunrise", in August He could compose no more, he said; "nothing sounds right. It seems as mysterious as the last several decades of the life of Jean Sibeliuswho stopped composing at almost the same time.
While Ives had stopped composing, and was increasingly plagued by health problems, he continued to revise and refine his earlier work, as well as oversee premieres of his music.
Although he had more time to devote to music, he was unable to write any new music. During the s he revised his Concord Sonatapublishing it in an earlier version of the sonata and the accompanying prose volume, Essays Before a Sonata were privately printed in His widow, who died in at age 92, bequeathed the royalties from his music to the American Academy of Arts and Letters for the Charles Ives Prize.
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