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This Day in History - April 26

Charles Ives' Symphony No. 4 premiered.
Video | April 26, 2017 | By Jonathan Shipley


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." 

The Seattle Symphony has had great interest in the work of Ives of late. They performed Ives's symphony in 2015 and also released a CD on their own label. 

The symphony: 

Ludovic Morlot talks Ives and Rachmaninov:

Ives' Symphony No. 2: