Charles Ives was a composer who is know for winning the Pulitzer prize and his non-traditional composition of music. He played the organ and piano but also had an understanding of other instruments and how to incorporate the into his music.
He was born in Danbury, Connecticut, on October 20, 1874. His father was a musician so this kick started his journey with the art. He started an insurance company but continued to compose on the side because he loved it. He was misunderstood at first but once his credibility was established he got great attention.
Charles attended Yale university and made himself a successful businessman owning his own insurance firm. He later went on to compose 114 songs of diverse genre. He was very successful in the 1910's when he created compositions like the "Holidays Symphony" and "Robert Browning Overture"and shorter pieces like "The Unanswered Question" and "Central Park in the Dark." He sent out this collection for no charge.
In 1918 he suffered a heart attack from overworking himself. It messed up is plans to compose, and by 1930 he hung up the gloves. He mentored young composers and overseen his own works as they were edited and distributed.