Charles Ives

Charles Ives Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    20th October 1874
  • Died
    19th May 1954
  • Birthplace
    Danbury, Connecticut, USA

Charles Edward Ives was an American modernist composer. He is one of the first American composers of international renown, though Ives' music was largely ignored during his life, and many of his works went unperformed for many years. Over time, Ives came to be regarded as an "American original". Ives combined the American popular and church-music traditions of his youth with European art music, and was among the first composers to engage in a systematic program of experimental music, with musical techniques including polytonality, polyrhythm, tone clusters, aleatoric elements, and quarter tones, foreshadowing many musical innovations of the 20th century. Sources of Ives' tonal imagery are hymn tunes and traditional songs, the town band at holiday parade, the fiddlers at Saturday night dances, patriotic songs, sentimental parlor ballads, and the melodies of Stephen Foster.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Essays Before a Sonata Books N/A
Some South-Paw Pitching Etude Piano
The Anti-Abolitionist Riots Etude Piano
The Unanswered Question Piece Chamber group
Scherzo for String Quartet Scherzo String Quartet
Piano Sonata No.1 Sonata Piano
Piano Sonata No.2 'Concord, Mass., 1840–60' Sonata Piano
Three-Page Sonata Sonata Piano
Violin Sonata No.2 Sonata Solo Instrument and Piano
Violin Sonata No.4 Sonata Solo Instrument and Piano
114 Songs Song Cycle Voice(s) and Piano
General William Booth Enters into Heaven Song Cycle Voice(s) and Piano
Three Places in New England Symphonic Pieces Orchestra
Symphony No.3 Symphony Orchestra
A Set of Pieces for Theatre or Chamber Orchestra Theatrical / Incidental Chamber group