This season, Utah Symphony Music Director Thierry Fischer has programmed four symphonies by American composer Charles Ives. Symphony No. 1 fits solidly into the late Romantic style. In his other symphonies he exhibits his interest in experimental approaches, often applied to his trademark use of hymn tunes and traditional songs.
Charles Ives was fortunate to have a father who not only encouraged his son’s musical education, but believed in encouraging his son’s curiosity to explore and experiment with his musical voice. George Ives explored music outside the “normal” bounds of music theory and composition, and his experiments had a deep influence on Charles’ thoughts about composition.