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Charles Ives
(1874 - 1954)

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1874 Born 20 October, in Danbury, Connecticut
1886 At 12 was playing drums in his father's band
1887 By 13 he was already composing and was church organist
1889 At 15 he composed his Variations on America which included a variation in three keys and is one of the first polytonal works
1893 Leaves Danbury for New Haven, attends Hopkins Grammar School
1894 Studies under Horatio Parker at Yale University
1898 Enters the insurance business, works as organist in two large churches, and composes in his off hours
1906 Forms his own insurance company
1906 Manic work pace leads to physical and mental breakdown
1908 Marries Harmony Twichell in June
1915 Chronic diabetes and hand tremor force him to give up composition
1917 Charles and Harmony adopt a child
1918 Has a heart attack and never fully recovers
1918 Has a serious heart attack in October
1930 Retires from insurance company (worth $40 million)- uses the proceeds to support the cause of progressive music all over the U.S.
1947 Wins the Pulitzer Prize for his Third Symphony
1954 Died in May
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