WHAT’S IN THIS VIDEO: Charles Ives’ harmonic language evolves over his four symphonies. His dense layering of tunes and harmonies wasn’t really accepted. The four were composed over the span of 15 years. But he got so far ahead of the public that he wasn’t accepted. It wasn’t until the 1920s and 30s and 40s that other American composers took up the imagination. It wasn’t until the 1960s that he became accepted. He was an eccentric and his music isn’t for everyone. The four symphonies take more than two hours. It’s taxing for the orchestra. Playing them together is a journey that shows an amazing transformation in style and language.