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The State Composer - Charles Ives

{Connecticut State Composer} Charles Edward Ives (1874-1954) was born at the family home in Danbury, and was taught the basics of harmony, counterpoint and fugue by his father George, who was a famous Civil War bandmaster. He entered Yale University in 1894 and studied with Horatio Parker, a composer and professor of composition. In 1908, he married Harmony Twitchell and opened what became a large and successful insurance agency in New York City, but continued to live and compose music in Danbury. His works include symphonies, tone poems and nearly 200 songs. Ives was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1947 for his Third Symphony and was designated the State Composer by the General Assembly in 1991.

Reproduced from the  Connecticut State Register & Manual with permission of the Secretary of the State.

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