"Charles Edward Ives" was an American musical modernism/modernist composer. He is one of the first American composers of international renown, though his music was largely ignored during his life, and many of his works went unperformed for many years. Over time, he came to be regarded as an "American original".See: . Burkholter (p. xi) contests the widespread exaggeration of this to the position that Ives owed nothing to Europe. Ives combined the American popular and Hymn/church-music traditions of his youth with European art music, and was among the first composers to engage in a systematic program of experimental music, with musical techniques including polytonality, polyrhythm, tone clusters, aleatoric music/aleatoric elements, and quarter tones,Burkholder, p.4 foreshadowing many musical innovations of the 20th century.
Sources of Ives' tonal imagery are hymn tunes and traditional songs, the town band at holiday parade, the fiddlers at Saturday night dances, patriotic songs, sentimental parlor ballads, and the melodies of Stephen Foster.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous composers! More Charles Ives on Wikipedia.