Charles Ives’ Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Oct 20, 1874

Death Date

May 19, 1954

Age of Death

79 years

Cause of Death


Place of Death

May 19, 1954



The composer Charles Ives died at the age of 79. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Modernist composer who was an American original, pioneering eclectic and experimental music, polytonality, and tone clusters. Some historians credit him with composing the 20th century’s first radical musical work “Central Park in the Dark” in 1906.

His father, George Ives, served as a U.S. Army bandleader during the American Civil War. He married Harmony Twitchell in 1908.



“If a composer has a nice wife and some nice children, how can he let the children starve on his dissonances?” (Charles Ives)


“Every great inspiration is but an experiment – though every experiment we know, is not a great inspiration.” (Charles Ives)


“The fabric of existence weaves itself whole.” (Charles Ives)


“You cannot set art off in a corner and hope for it to have vitality, reality, and substance.” (Charles Ives)


“There can be nothing exclusive about substantial art. It comes directly out of the heart of the experience of life and thinking about life and living life.” (Charles Ives)