Charles Ives: Symphony No. 1
American Composer Charles Ives did not spend his career composing music on commission – he spent his career as an insurance salesman. That’s probably how he was able to write music about, for example, a Yale-Princeton football game: complete with school cheers and the sound of two marching bands playing over top of each other. Ives did spend his college years studying at the Yale School of Music, and that’s where he wrote his first symphony, tonight’s evening masterwork. It’s a bit tamer than the composer’s later works. That’s not to say this symphony is not interesting, but it is an indication of what his music could have sounded like had he become a professional composer.