Ives, Charles Edward
Born: Oct 20, 1874 AD
Died: 1954 AD, at 79 years of age.
1874 - Born in Danbury, Connecticut on the 20th of October.
1893 - Ives moved to New Haven, graduating from the Hopkins School.
1894 - In September, Ives entered Yale University, studying under Horatio Parker.
1896 - He composed in a choral style similar to his mentor, writing church music and campaign song for William McKinley.
1899 - He moved to employment with the agency Charles H. Raymond.
1902 - He continued his work as a church organist until May.
1907 - Upon the failure of Raymond & Co., he and his friend Julian W. Myrick formed their own insurance agency Ives & Co., which later became Ives & Myrick, where he remained until he retired.
1922 - Ives published his 114 Songs which represents the breadth of his work as a composer — it includes art songs, songs he wrote as a teenager and young man, and highly dissonant songs such as "The Majority.
1927 - He came downstairs with tears in his eyes: he could compose no more, he said, "nothing sounds right."
1930 - He retired from his insurance business, which gave him more time to devote to his musical work, but he was unable to write any new music.
1940 - He revised his Concord Sonata, publishing it in 1947.
1954 - Died on the 19th of May in New York City.
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