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Charles Edward Ives was born in Danbury Connecticut on October 20 1874 He is both the most outstanding composer in American history as well as a winner of the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for his Third Symphony This is the same symphony that Gustav Mahler reportedly brought to Europe but died before he could get a chance to perform it or return it to its home in America Ives made his living selling insurance and composing on the weekends and nevertheless was still was able to compose many beautiful works which brought him into the eyes of the public earning him both respect and celebrity status At the early age of 15 Ives composed Slow March at the funeral for his cat Chin-Chin and soon after began using fragments of patriotic music in his compositions of marches and hymns He combined conventional music with the unconventional compositional techniques that he was taught by his father and was able to create his own unique style During his life Ives paid little heed to the musical styles and fashions and was one of the first men to break through as a completely original composer Ives originality and complex personality made him the brilliant individual that he was and enabled him to compose captivating music Gustav Mahler born on July 7th 1860 is a key figure and was the link between the late romantic and modern music periods He was also the first composer with an American connection and conducted the New York Philharmonic but died before he was able to perform Ivess Third Symphony Mahler was a perfectionist who converted from Judaism to Roman Catholicism in order to secure a post as an artistic director of the prestigious Vienna Opera a post prohibited from the Jewish community at that time Mahler was hounded with anti-Semitic attacks throughout his life until he moved to New York to become conductor of the newly formed New York Philharmonic Orchestra Mahler
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