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.
He wanted to write each movement as if it were based on a grown man's memory of his childhood holidays. His father had a huge impact on Ives's compositions, especially after he died in November Ives lived in Danbury throughout his childhood, a town which holds many of the life experiences that inspired him to compose a Holiday Symphony.
New England Holidays exemplifies "multi-tonality in the reharmonization of borrowed music Without the plethora of quotation, Holiday Symphony would lose its ability to call forth memories and emotions.
The first three movements of Holiday Symphony were performed in the United States and Europe in and under the direction of Nicolas Slonimsky.
Ives's music never occupied more than a single modest spot on each pair of programs, but several important critics singled it out for serious and admiring comment. Washington's Birthday[ edit ] Washington's Birthday is an impressionistic piece "featuring complex harmony scored mostly for many-stranded strings".
The performance time of this piece is eleven to twelve minutes. For the first part of this piece, Ives aimed to create a cold, dreary night in February. The piece ends with "the sleepy players intoning 'Good Night, Ladies', then the music seems to dissolve in the mind"  as "a solo violin plays reminiscences of the fiddle tunes, representing memories of the dance that echoes in the minds of the young folk as they head home".
Decoration Day[ edit ] Decoration Day was completed in Ives arranged the piece for full orchestra, and it lasts about nine to ten minutes. Ives has a player or two separated from the orchestra play as if he is alone, called "shadow lines".
Ives begins to incorporate his memories of Decoration Day into his piece by transforming "Marching Through Georgia" into the mournful "Tenting on the Old Campground".
At this point, we are back in the cemetery where his father's marching band stops, and just as Ives played Taps as a boy, he writes Taps into Decoration Day. Taps is coupled with "Nearer, My God, to Thee" played by the strings. Ives uses Taps to pave a way from the despairing section to the elated section.
The score of Decoration Day was published for the first time in The Fourth of July[ edit ] The Fourth of July was completely scored for full orchestra in the summer of The piece lasts six to seven minutes.
Ives wrote The Fourth of July intending it to exemplify the excitement a boy feels during the Fourth of July celebrations and the freedom felt on that special day. He begins the piece with strings entering quietly; the sound and rhythmic intensity amplify steadily.
The movement ends peacefully with the imagery of falling sparks, signaling the end of the Fourth of July.A Symphony: New England Holidays, also known as A New England Holiday Symphony or simply a Holiday Symphony, is a composition for orchestra written by Charles Ives.
It took Ives from to to complete all four movements. Charles Edward Ives (October 20, – May 19, ) was an American modernist  plombier-nemours.com is widely regarded as one of the first American composers of international significance.  Ives' music was largely ignored during his life, and many of his works went unperformed for many years.
Charles Ives was born in the small manufacturing town of Danbury, Connecticut, on October 20, , two years before Brahms finished his First Symphony.
During the Civil War his father George Ives had been the Union’s youngest bandmaster, his band called the best in the army.
The Charles Ives that emerges from Swafford's story is a precocious, well-trained musician, a brilliant if mercurial thinker about art and life, and an experimenter in the spirit of Edison and the Wright brothers/5(13). Charles Edward Ives was born in Danbury, Connecticut, on October 20, His father George was a famed bandmaster of the town known for his sometimes radical performance plombier-nemours.com: Oct 20, Charles Ives was born to George Edward and Mary Parmalee Ives on October 20, in Danbury, Connecticut.
His father was from a prominent family, one established in the business and civic world of Danbury for several generations.