Regrettably ignored during most of his long life by the musical establishment, Charles Ives is perhaps the United States' most important and ground-breaking composer. Begun in 1973, the Charles Ives Society is supported by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, largely from a grant by Mr. Ives' widow, Harmony Twichell Ives. Given their mission, it is not surprising that their site contains a wealth of helpful material for musicologists, performers, and those with a general interest in the life and work of Charles Ives. The site contains a complete descriptive catalogue of his music, listing all of his compositions, both published and unpublished. Visitors looking for an introduction to Mr. Ives will do well to read the short essay written by Jan Swafford. Finally, a small photo gallery provides images of Mr. Ives throughout his life, and a calendar of upcoming performances of his compositions rounds out the site.
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