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Charles Ives (1874-1954)
(Article ID: 217 - republished on Sun 26/01/2020 from artissimo.gr)

NATIONALITY
Charles Ives (1874-1954): Charles Ives was American.

IN GENERAL
Charles Ives (1874-1954): Ives is the biggest experimentalist of the newer American music. Even if Ives had had serious music studies - his father was a band conductor and had encouraged him a lot with his experimentations - finally Ives dealt professionally with the assurance business and he composed music only in his free time! Ives's music was unknown even in his own country and only little before his death there existed certain small recognition. Ives's work is clearly underestimated, as he explored a lot of artistic spaces and a lot of techniques in the composition that other composers - even the Europeans - were to search only several years after. To the end of his life Ives had been tired enough to compose any more, so he only dealt with the already existing material of his creation.

STYLE
Charles Ives (1874-1954): It looks like Ives's music is sometimes hearing distant and sometimes simply impressive. Sure it does not sound like any other composer's because it is a product of a series of serious experimentations in terms of rhythm (use of free rhythm and superimposition of different musical meters), harmony (Ives reached to polytonality and atonality - also he used intervals of fourths of the tone), instrumentation (use of extraordinary combinations of instruments and placement of the musicians at various places so that can change completely the acoustics of piece), use of "free score" (that leaves margin to the performers for changes over his produced music) as well as lots of other new experimentations. The effect of this composer - initially small because of the small distribution of Ives's work - is continuously increased in our era.

WORKS
Charles Ives (1874-1954): Ives's work is important enough for the reasons that we already mentioned : Choral works and a lot of songs, 4 symphonies and various other symphonic works, 2 quartets, 4 sonatas for violin and piano, 2 sonatas for piano and a lot of other pieces for piano.


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Charles Ives (1874-1954)



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