On this day, in 1965, 11 years after his death, Charles Ives' Symphony No. 4 premiered.
Ives (1874-1954), a man in the life insurance business, wrote the piece between 1910 and the mid-1920s. Ives was largely ignored as a composer in his life, though he was one of the most important modernist composers America has ever produced. His Symphony No. 4 is now considered one of his most definitive works and, according to his biographer, "Ives's climactic masterpiece."
Ludovic Morlot talks Ives and Rachmaninov:
Ives' Symphony No. 2: