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The Writer’s Almanac for October 20, 2016: Goods

Oct. 20, 2016: birthday: Charles Ives

It’s the birthday of composer Charles Ives was born in Danbury, Connecticut, in 1874.

His music is considered modern classical and is often termed “inclusive” because he saw no reason to exclude any style of music — Brahms, church hymns, college songs, Beethoven, gospel, singing at revival meetings, sounds of nature, military marches, ragtime — so long as it expressed his ideas. He said, “The fabric of existence weaves itself whole.”

Ives won the Pulitzer for his Symphony No. 3, with other noted works, including Piano Sonata No. 2 and “The Unanswered Question.”

He said, “Awards are merely the badges of mediocrity.”