Charles Ives, composer
Old Home Days is a collection of songs in a five-movement suite that
clearly presents the composer Charles Ives’ love of familiar tunes and
grass-roots music making.
Ives was born in Danbury, Connecticut, in 1874, and his father, an
accomplished cornet player and Civil War bandmaster, was Charles’ first
and most influential music teacher.
While he insisted on the mastery of traditional music practice, his
imaginative teaching also inspired Charles’ remarkable experiments with
new kinds of musical sounds.