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  March VI: Here’s To Good Old Yale (1977) CHARLES IVES ’98 (ed. James Sinclair) Charles Ives, the son of a Civil War bandmaster, is regarded as the first truly American composer of the twentieth century. Encouraged by his father, Ives experimented with all kinds of music and acoustic sounds, such as polytonality, atonality, polymetric patterns, tone clusters, far in advance of the then-current style. A church organist at thirteen, he later entered Yale University, studying composition with Horatio Parker, but he became an insurance executive instead of a professional musician. On making the decision, Ives wrote: “Assuming a man lives by himself with no dependents, he might write music that no one would play prettily, listen to, or buy. ButÑif he has a nice wife and some nice children, how can he let the children starve on his dissonances!”
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